Something new is coming from the team behind Corto, which is an Italian restaurant at 507 Palisade Avenue in Jersey City Heights. The same team is behind a recent application to transfer a liquor license to a new building at 68 Monitor Street in Jersey City. The property is a multi-use redeveloped building with retail space on the first floor and residences above. Read on to learn what we know about this new restaurant from the people behind Corto.
Corto opened in 2018 at 507 Palisade Avenue in Jersey City Heights. The team behind the restaurant is also behind Dozzino, located at 534 Adams Street in Hoboken, and Number 11 Food Store located at 324 Garden Street in Hoboken.
Corto is known for its fresh pasta and simple, seasonal dishes. The restaurant is small, with seating for 30, and a scaled-down kitchen to go with it. “We can’t do a lot of preparation and refrigerate the ingredients for the next day,” Chef Matt Moschella explained. “Fresh produce is brought in six days a week. The pasta is made fresh daily.”
The restaurant is decorated simply, in a cozy and inviting aesthetic that carries over to the menu. Most of the dishes are things one would find being served at an Italian grandmother’s, or Nonna’s, home.
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The restaurant’s classic dishes and simple style are a winner with Jersey city residents and visitors alike. The restaurant has won several categories of The Hoboken Girl’s Best Of competition every year since its opening, including best restaurant, best pasta, and best BYOB. The restaurant has been recognized by Eater NY, Bon Appetit, NorthJersey.com, and others for its delicious dishes.
About the New Project
The building at 68 Monitor Street is set to be delivered in Fall 2023, according to the leasing brochure. The retail space is just under 1,300 square feet. Per Jersey Digs, the property is a redevelopment of a one-story warehouse at the corner of Maple and Monitor Streets in the Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood of Jersey City. The final design will incorporate architectural elements from the original warehouse, including the facade and a double-height lobby.
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Corto chef Matthew Moschella and co-owner Drew Buzzio were the co-applicants for a liquor license to be transferred from a dormant license holder to their business entity, known as Buzzella LLC. The address for the new license holder is 68 Monitor Street. According to Jersey Digs, this project will have a full bar, unlike Corto’s current BYOB model.
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The Hoboken Girl reached out to the Corto team for comment and will update this piece when we hear back.