Cangiano’s, An Italian Market in the Heart of Jersey City’s Hamilton Park

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New Jersey isn’t naive to good Italian food. From pizza to pasta to antipasti and more, those who grew up in the Garden State likely consumed more tomatoes, basil, garlic, and mozzarella than those who grew up outside of the tri-state area. It’s no surprise that there are so many delicious Italian bakeries, delis, pizza places, and bistros in Hoboken and Jersey City to choose from. This past spring, at the start of the pandemic, a special Italian market opened up near Hamilton Park and became immediately beloved by locals. Read on for insight on Cangiano’s unique opening and a dive into the shop’s incredible variety of Italian specialties, pre-prepared foods, and market goods.

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A Community Market 

In the fall of 2019, brothers Bill and Vincent Vallely opened a wildly successful sandwich shop in the Hamilton Square Courtyard named Cangiano’s and that was a prelude to their next entrepreneurial move in Jersey City. Enter: Cangiano’s, an Italian specialties shop nestled on the corner of Erie Street and Pavonia Avenue, just a block off of Hamilton Park.

The brothers opened up the doors to Cangiano’s in partnership with Norman Bonoan and Cosmo Cangiano, whose grandparents opened the first Cangiano’s in Brooklyn in 1919. SILVERMAN Building helped the partners bring their shared vision for the physical space to life. 

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When Cangiano’s opening was announced in April, during the height of the coronavirus, on Instagram, the team was very clear to customers that this was a soft, semi-rushed opening. At a time when many in Jersey City were struggling to get groceries from big box stores and delivery services that were backed up due to high demand, Cangiano’s was a slice of Italian heaven.

The store, at first, had limited hours, restricted customers to 10 at a time, and had a limited selection of standard grocery items and Italian fare. 

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Fast forward to November, and it’s clear that Cangiano’s certainly didn’t let a global pandemic stop them from finding continued success. In fact, they did the neighborhood some real good opening when they did. Cosmo Cangiano recalls, “it was something we felt we needed to do because at the time it was difficult for people to get food and we wanted to be there for the neighborhood.”

The reaction from residents who live near Hamilton Park has been extremely positive, especially since there aren’t many grocery stores within tight proximity to the park. The partners tell Hoboken Girl that they’ve certainly, and thankfully, kept very busy since they opened. 

Mangia! Cangiano’s Specialties 

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One of the reasons why this market is so magnificent: You can do your full week’s grocery shopping at Cangiano’s – they have fresh bread, bagels, imported meats, sandwiches and cold cuts, cookies, pastries, coffee and espresso, drinks, fresh mozzarella, and cheeses from around the world at the market and more. 

While many cafés in the area offer brunch fare and close in the later afternoon, Cangiano’s offers options for locals hungry for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. In the morning, they serve fresh coffee, bagels, and breakfast sandwiches to order.

When the afternoon hits, you’d be wise to hit the Cangiano sandwich counter. Sandwiches are piled high with prosciutto, eggplant, mozzarella, broccoli rabe, pesto, fresh ham, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, provolone, mortadella, grilled chicken {and more} on a picture-perfect roll. 

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Not in the mood for a hero? Cangiano’s has a hot food section with options that change daily. There’s usually an eggplant parmigiana and chicken cutlet option – classics. Towards the late afternoon, prior to the dinner rush, Cangiano’s swaps in some dinner-worthy meals like prime steaks, pork chops, fresh Alaskan salmon, and homemade sausage that’s made in-house daily. 

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On top of the hot bar, Cangiano’s has an impressive array of cheese, including homemade mozzarella which they make over 4 times a day, pending demand. They import cheese and charcuterie from all over the world, offer dozens of styles of home-baked bread and pastries, curate dried and canned goods {i.e. pasta and sauces} to shop from, and offer standard groceries good like milk, eggs, produce, and more. 

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Cosmo Cangiano’s favorite part of the store? The dessert case. It’s pretty hard to leave the market without scooping up an order of the homemade tiramisu. Not to fear gluten-free readers, Cangiano’s also touts a great gluten-free variety of pasta and desserts from Italy and locally made.

What’s Next? 

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The team behind Cangiano’s is excited for its first holiday season in Jersey City, even though it may be an unusual one indeed. They will soon be launching a new catering menu and will be offering a range of pies and classic, Italian treats.

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While Cosmo admits that not being able to offer customers samples due to the pandemic is quite the damper, the family behind the Italian marketplace is so grateful to have found a community to call home in Hamilton Park. They hope to be a mainstay for quite some time and look forward to continuing to serve Jersey City. 

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Visit Cangiano’s website, catering menu, or a sneak peek of the daily menu on its online ordering site. Make sure to follow Cangiano’s on Instagram at @cangianos_jersey_city, too, but try not to drool on your phone. The market is open Monday through Friday from 7AM to 7PM, on Saturdays from 8AM to 6PM and on Sundays from 8AM to 3PM.

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Nicole is a born and bred Jersey girl. Originally from Bergen County, she's called Jersey City home since 2016. After years of working in NYC at marketing agencies for big brands, her entrepreneurial spirit led her to turn her side hustle {supporting local businesses as a writer and social media strategist} into her day job. An all-around champion for small businesses, Nicole loves to shop, eat, drink, and share all things local to New Jersey on her Instagram page, @heynicoleraye. When she isn't curating content or networking, she can be found exploring NJ neighborhoods with her college sweetheart, whipping up a home-cooked meal, planning a get-together for her friends, redecorating her apartment, rooting for her favorite teams (go NJ Devils!), or plotting her next adventure.