New York’s Serafina opens Newark Restaurant

Serafina Opening Gateway One Newark
Serafina opens a location at Gateway One in Newark. Photo courtesy of Serafina.

A Big Apple hospitality group that operates a number of international eateries will bring its homemade Italian delicacies to Newark next year.

The ongoing overhaul of Gateway One aims to transform the food landscape around Newark Penn Station, New Jersey’s busiest transit hub. The revitalization carried out by the owners Onyx Equities has attracted several high-profile restaurants to the complex, which includes the recently announced arrival of NYC’s M√∂kbar.

Serafina is perhaps the biggest name committed to the space in The Junction, the section intended to be Gateway One’s main dining area. Founded by Vittorio Assaf and Fabio Granato, Serafina’s history goes back to a trip at sea when they ran aground in a small boat.

Both men promised that they would open a restaurant together if they survived the ordeal, and they followed up on that commitment and launched Serafina Fabulous Pizza on 79th Street on the Upper East Side in 1995. The restaurant group has grown significantly since then, and also runs Brasserie Cognac, Farinella Bakery and Bar Penellope along with eateries in Puerto Rico, Brazil, Japan, India, Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The menu at Serafina focuses on authentic Italian food with an emphasis on homemade pasta. Dishes such as garganelli, orecchiette, baked tagliolini, ravioli and a variety of risottos are spread across the menu, which includes a large pizza section with traditional, white and focaccia pies.

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Serafina’s menu focuses on Italian pasta and pizza. Photo courtesy of Serafina.

Other main courses at Serafina include branzino and cherry tomatoes or meat dishes such as a fillet mignon with grass or Milanese chicken. Several of the restaurant’s locations in NYC offer a weekend brunch menu and cocktails, but it’s unclear if the Newark venue will have a liquor license. A request to Serafina for more information about the Newark location has not been returned.

An exact timeline for the opening of Serafina in Newark has not been announced, but Onyx Equities expects to have The Junction section of Gateway One up and running by 2022.

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