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Forno's Restaurant

South Jersey Epicurean | May 16, 2003 11:32 AM

Dear DDCer's:

As a post graduation/end of grading celebration, I went with a couple colleagues to another restaurant in the Ironbound section of Newark--called Forno's, which most of my colleagues had recommended and where I considered our Rodizio Road trip.

As it turns out, Forno's is Spanish only--not Portuguese/Spanish hybrid like all of the others in the neighborhood so when I asked where the Rodizio was on the menu to my Spanish waiter, he gave me the
"idiot look" like I was supposed to know this was Spanish food only....

Nonetheless, I was not disappointed at all. Fornos's is a few dollars more than Iberia's, but not lacking in portions. You can still get all of the variations of Paella, seafood etc....but a lot of other
specials that make this place the "Mastori Diner" of selections.

I had a stuffed veal roast that was stuffed with shrimp, filet mignon, chestnuts, spinach, cream cheese and herbs that had a delightful slightly sweet sauce as a glaze. I'd say the portion of roast was 10-11 inches long and 5-6 inches thick (high) served with whipped potatoes along with the family style sides of saffron rice, steroid greenbeans, cauliflower, and papas fritas (thin sliced potatoes that are like giant potato chips). This was after the family style salad that was topped with white asparagus and homemade bread. Most of the
entrees were in the $18-22 range inclusive of all the extras I listed. It was superb.

My companions had paella (portions enough for 3) a shrimp in green sauce that had plenty of shrimp and a veal dish smothered in a mozzarella white blush sauce--there were 4 pieces of veal cutlets in
the platter.

I didn't even look at dessert.....You guys have got to get there!! Forno's, 54 Ferry Street in Newark!!!

(Seabra's is closed on Monday nights; that's why I didn't go there. The one in Newark "specializes" in Rodizio!!)

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