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Rudy's Italian Restaurant introduces gluten-free menu



Rudy's Italian Restaurant, formerly Bensi Italian Restaurant, located in Garwood Mall is introducing a full-page gluten-free menu as well as exciting new Italian dishes and wines to its menu.

In recent months, owners Rick Osso and Chef Dario Fernandez have noticed more people asking for gluten-free menu options. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, malts and triticale. "There is a much greater awareness of celiac disease and wheat allergies in the community," said Osso. "In the past, this type of condition would often go undiagnosed, but now, people are becoming better informed and taking better care of themselves. Unfortunately, not many restaurants understand the associated dietary needs or have the ability to accommodate them. At Rudy's, we take great pride in cooking our dishes to order with fresh ingredients. This makes us able to accommodate most dietary requests. In addition, our staff is trained to be sensitive to our customers' dietary needs.

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Italian Revival

Bergen Businesses carry on the 'mangia' movement

Italians still maintain a significant presence in Bergen, and Italian is the most commonly identified first ancestry in the county.  Many Bergen food establishments cater to new generations of Italian-Americans who want prepared food that tastes like it did in "the old days."


"To a certain extent, Italian cuisine was really created in the United States, because the cuisine in Italy is all local," says Dr. Erick Castellanos, assistant professor of international studies and anthropology at Ramapo College of New Jersey in Mahwah. "The standardization came when they had to co-exist." "Italian" food in the Unite States was also further defined by "deviation from the adherence to local traditions," note Castellanos. "It had to appeal to Italians and non-Italians too".

Italian-American dishes such as spaghetti and meatball, baked ziti and eggplant pamesan have always been top sellers at Rudy's Ristorante in Closter.  But Charlie Osso, who has owned Rudy's with his brother Fred for 30 years, still serves Old World Italian meals of escarole and beans, scungilli, and broccoli rabe sautéed in garlic and olive oil.

Osso, originally from Calabria, has watched this region's demographic makeup change, from many Italian customers years ago to many different nationalities today.

By Joyce Venezia Suss

As Published In (201) Magazine, November 2007


Best of Bergen

Pizza is personal for many readers.

best-of-bergen-2007The votes were sliced among many parlors, but Rudy's in Closter seems to make the most of this mozzarella masterpiece. 

"I've been eating there since I was kid", says Demarest resident Mitchell Lynn, who likes his slice plain and simple.  "When I first went there in the early 70's, a slice was 50 cents.  I went to school and lived in the city for 20 some odd years, and when my wife and I moved back to New Jersey, being able to convert her to a Rudy's Pizza fan was one of my greatest accomplishments."



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