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“Surprisingly SOO good! But, crowded!”

VB3 Villa Borghese III
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Ranked #42 of 595 Restaurants in Jersey City
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood, Italian, Pizza, Steakhouse, Bar
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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
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“Surprisingly SOO good! But, crowded!”
Reviewed February 28, 2014 via mobile

It's good for them that they're such a much-needed hot spot in Jersey City, but not so great for us. Our table was near the bar with no divider between us, so the standing happy hour folks kept drifting on top of us. The waiter tried his best to address this, and the manager was very attentive and even brought us am array of complimentary desserts to apologize. But, the loud HH crew made it impossible for us to even talk to each other.

Nonetheless, I had the VB3 burger (no bun) and truffle fries instead of regular. EXCELLENT. Others at the table enjoyed pasta, mussels, and salmon. All a big thumbs up! Next time, we'll just ask for a table away from the fray.

  • Visited February 2014
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Excellent”
Reviewed December 8, 2013

Literally round the corner from the DoubleTree this restaurant certainly delivered quality food and excellent service. Good choice of wines available too :)

Visited December 2013
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Prestatyn, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
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“Loud bar”
Reviewed November 13, 2013

Flat screen tvs everywhere, bar crowded and took a long time to get served.
Not much atmosphere , didnt eat there so cant comment on food.

Visited November 2013
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Manila, Philippines
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36 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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“Great Food but Rude Delivery Hotline”
Reviewed October 22, 2013 via mobile

The first time we went to this place, it was late Saturday night and we were treated so well. The pasta that we ordered was not available so they recommended us another kind with the same price.We enjoyed the chicken that we ordered as well. So when we had a guest in our hotel we recommended this place but this time for delivery. The 1st girl who answered put my friend on hold for almost 10 mins, when she got back, we had to repeat the order again and waited for another 10 mins as it seemed that the other girl passed the phone to her co-worker.Then when we clarified what a "blanco" pizza was, she rudely corrected my friend and said "hello, blanco means white". It was the way she said it that got us pissed. She could have said it in a nicer tone since we still are considered their customers.We were in speaker phone so we all heard her. In the end since we were hungry we waited for the food but we don't want to call their hotline or order again.

  • Visited October 2013
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Ottawa
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great food”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

Just around corner from hotel, we eat there 2 nights because of the food and great service.
Dislike is too many TVs, it's not a sports bar.

Visited September 2013
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