Margherita’s Pizza & Cafe
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After months with that scaffolding around it, they finally get a sign makeover. Hip-hip-hooray.
Description – First class Italian food. Casual café atmosphere. Typically a long wait. Outdoor cafe. Zagat Rated. Entrée price range $10 – $15+.
Services – Lunch, Dinner, Pasta, Salads, Sandwiches, Pizza, Chicken, Seafood
Website – www.vitosdeli.com/Margherita/Dinner/Dinner.htm
Address – 740 Washington St, Hoboken, New Jersey ( NJ ) 07030-5015
Telephone – (201) 222-2400
Quick review on a couple items on the menu.
Many people already know about the extremely popular Margherita’s Italian Restaurant and Pizza Cafe. Packed almost every day of the week because it’s BYOB, relatively cheap, has large portions and likeable food. People both from and outside of Hoboken come here to enjoy their food. They often have a long wait, and customers are handed those lighted beepers while they either wait outside or go across the street to the 8th St. Tavern. While there are some opponents of Margherita’s, claiming it’s too salty or lacking flavor, it’s successful nonetheless.
A friend of mine and I stopped here after coming back from a trip to AC and being up for 31 straight hours without eating, so were were hungry and in need of some carbs.
The interior of the restaurant is small and when full, it’s loud and and rather cramped. But they do have outdoor seating in the warm weather, so that helps.
To sum up what we ate:
First we shared a small regular cheese pizza ($6.95)
– Not a bad size for an appetizer (compared to bar pies)
– A bit on the oily side
– Was very cheesy and had a decent taste, but pretty basic for the most part
– Will want to try some of their other pizzas with toppings (as others have enjoyed them tremendously.)
My friend got a simple plate of rigatoni with meat sauce: ($10.95)
– Thought the portion was a bit small for what it was
– He said: “How much does pasta cost? A quarter?”
– But he still enjoyed the texture of the pasta and the quality of the sauce
I chose the Roast Beef, Mozz and Gravy sandwich because I was morbidly curious to see how it compared to the insanely popular and scrumptious Fiore’s Thursday/Saturday Roast Beef sandwiches.
– As expected, it was totally inferior to Fiore’s
– But it was a hot sandwich vs. a cold sandwich, so kind of a different animal althogether
– Roast beef was “ok”
– Not as much Mozz as Fiore’s
– Gravy was weak. Tasted like a beef boulion cube.
– But still it was filling, and respectable if you’ve never tasted Fiore’s.
I guess Fiore’s just spoils you and raises the bar to unsurmountable heights.
We’ll certainly back to review their signature dishes, but overall Margherita’s is still an economical and friendly place to get a good meal.