CLOSTER, N.J. – Rudy’s Ristorante has been a Closter institution for more than 50 years. And now patrons can see the pizzeria on the big screen.
Antony Osso has chronicled his family’s immigrant experience and their decades of owning the beloved restaurant in “Pizza Shop: An Italian-American Dream.”
“When I first started making the film, my intention was to celebrate a community institution: my father and uncle’s pizzeria, which has been feeding families for decades,” said Osso, who grew up in Palisades Park and now lives in Manhattan.
“But when I looked at the footage more closely, I found an immigrant experience marked by isolation, sacrifice, and courage, and a success borne of hard work, discipline, and optimism. I saw the American Dream realized. It’s an honor to share a story celebrating the immigrants who are the backbone of America.”
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