New Jersey’s latest great Italian hot dog comes from an unlikely place: Attilio’s Kitchen, a homey full-service Italian restaurant in Denville. Ingredients are top notch, hotdoglover reports: beautifully fried eight-to-a-pound franks from Newark’s estimable Best Provision Company and delicious, sturdy pizza bread from JC’s Italian Bakery in Parsippany. Peppers and potatoes are plentiful and nicely fried (hotdoglover passes on the customary onions).
The Italian hot dog, rarely sighted outside Essex or Union counties, is on the menu here only because the owner grew up on them at Dickie Dee’s in Newark. Attilio’s version easily surpasses the one that inspired it, says hotdoglover. More than just a creditable effort for a sit-down restaurant, it’s one of the best Italian dogs around, right alongside Jimmy Buff’s in East Hanover and Tommy’s in Elizabeth.
Attilio’s does much more than hot dogs, as even hotdoglover is quick to point out. He recommends house-made mozzarella and brick-oven pizzas—including especially fine margherita and Gorgonzola pies.
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