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Villa Borghese III VB3
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Ranked #57 of 622 Restaurants in Jersey City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Steakhouse, Bar
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Transit: Both the PATH and the light rail are accessible to the restaurant.
Description: Chef Michael Colletti began his culinary journey at a young age growing up watching his grandparents and father, who migrated from Sicily, preparing the family recipes with home grown ingredients such as figs, cardoons and persimmons. This early influence and curiosity led him into the family business - where it all started with dough - when he studied bagel-making at his father's side and then learned the ropes at his cousins' pizzeria, Villa Borghese. The discovery of his natural palate and affinity for cooking led him to attend the Culinary Education Center in Asbury Park, NJ. Degree in hand, he soon worked alongside iconic New York chefs Sirio Maccioni of the world renowned Le Cirque, as well as Drew Nieporent and Michael Bao at Mai House. During Chef Colletti's tenure as Chef de Cuisine at Mai House, the restaurant was awarded two stars by Frank Bruni of The New York Times, and named among the Top 10 Best Restaurants in New York City by The New York Times. He spent more than two years at Mai House; during that time Chef Colletti traveled throughout Vietnam for several months to study the local food and culture, and was chosen to guest chef at the 5-Star Renaissance Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. After five years in New York, he decided to join friend and celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn in Washington D.C. At the Sunnyside Group. There he would play a vital role in the conceptualization of Chef Mendelsohn's restaurant, Good Stuff Eatery, located in Capitol Hill. With the national success of Good Stuff Eatery, Chef Colletti was invited to participate in Food Network's 2009 Food & Wine Festival "Rachel Ray Burger Bash", in both Miami and New York, where he earned back-to-back victories for his creation of the "Colletti Smokehouse Burger". Food Network then invited Chef Mendelsohn and Chef Colletti to compete in an episode of Iron Chef America, where they would "Battle Prosciutto" versus world famous Chef Michael Symon in an episode that aired in March 2010. Chef Colletti was then given responsibility for opening and overseeing operations at the second Spike Mendelsohn venture, We, The Pizza, also in Capitol Hill. We, the Pizza became an instant sensation, and within three months of opening was voted one of the "Top 50 Best Pizzerias in America" by USA TODAY
Reviewed August 31, 2012

We like their pasta, pizza, fried squid, and dessert. The waitress is very friendly. Price is reasonable. They have a take away section though the menu is shortened, the price is cheaper.

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Joe R, Manager at Villa Borghese III VB3, responded to this reviewResponded December 28, 2012

Thanks for recommending us! We only cook with fresh, seasonal ingredients, so I'm glad to know everything you tried tasted delicious. The next time you feel like Italian food, be sure to keep us in mind!

All the best,
VB3 staff

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Reviewed August 29, 2012

This place has is suffering from an identity crisis. On one hand, it's a pretty cool bar with a good beer selection and good pizza (the bar area is big). They also have a lot of TVs tuned to all kinds of sports. On the other hand, the menu is full of expensive, upscale appetizers and entrees, and all of the appetizer and entree portions are TINY. It's also not quite a tapas place, the entrees are too big for that, but if you go in as a couple and have 1 appetizer and 2 entrees, you will leave hungry.

Is this a sports bar? Pizzeria? Upscale restaurant? Brewpub? I'm not really sure. Overall this was a "meh" place for me, not really worth going back to. The bar is great, but there are better places for food in the area.

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Reviewed August 25, 2012

Well I was there the other day waiting for a collegue. It has a nice square bar with really ice cold beer. Oh the pizza is good as well.

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Thank JimF33
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Joe R, Manager at Villa Borghese III VB3, responded to this reviewResponded December 28, 2012

Thanks Jim! Hope to see you back for pizza and a beer soon!

Best,
VB3 staff

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Reviewed August 20, 2012

Dina is a very nice and helpful waitress. Especially if you are visiting Jersey City, this is a must stop. I am a chef of 20 years at a gourmet restaurant and the scallops were absolutely amazing. Really fresh, not soggy. Very impressed with the quality of food.

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Thank AndrewFedyk
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Joe R, Manager at Villa Borghese III VB3, responded to this reviewResponded December 28, 2012

Thank you so much for your review. Considering you've been a gourmet chef for 20 years, we're honored to know you're so impressed with the quality of our food. We'll be sure to let Dina know you appreciate her warm and helpful service. We hope you get a chance to dine with us again soon!

Best wishes,
VB3 staff

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Reviewed August 9, 2012

We had some various types of pizzas and drinks. Not bad, right around the corner, lots of TVs and good drinks.

Thank cdalwadi
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