EDITED BY ERIC LEVIN
REVIEWS BY PAT TANNER WITH ERIC LEVIN,
ADAM ERACE AND JILL P. CAPUZZO
Go for the Bold
Chef Ryan DePersio and his partners grab
the spotlight with Battello in Jersey City.
EXECUTIVE CHEF RYAN DEPERSIO has a lot riding on the success of Battello. While Fascino, his family’s Montclair BYO—a fixture on NJM’s annual Top 25—will always be “my baby,” as he recently said, Battello represents something he’s long been searching for: a
large restaurant with a liquor license in a stunning location. If Battello succeeds, DePersio, 36, will have fulfilled that surging ambition.
DePersio was recruited by fellow Jerseyan Cory Checket, owner of
Hoboken’s Turtle Club. Battello opened in March in the Newport Marina on
Jersey City’s Hudson River waterfront. The sprawling, high-ceilinged structure that had been Michael Anthony’s faces the towers of Lower Manhattan.
As redesigned by Jerseyan Anthony Carrino, co-host of HGTV’s Kitchen
Cousins and Cousins Undercover, the 175-seat space looks more maritime. A
weathered rowboat hangs upside down above the entrance. Brass lanterns
salvaged from an old yacht are mounted on the walls. Stripped of paint, the
ceiling trusses high overhead suggest the hull of a sailing ship.
FOOD: Modern Italian
AMBIENCE: Dockside industrial
chic in the towering glow of Lower
SERVICE: Getting its sea legs after
a shaky start
WINE LIST: Impressive and appealing, with more than 200 choices;
inventive, nautically themed
PRICES: Appetizers, $10-$16;
pastas, $14-$26; entrées, $22-$38;
HOURS: Dinner: Monday through
Thursday, 5 to 10 PM (bar open until
midnight); Friday and Saturday,
5 to 11 PM (bar open until 1 AM);
Sunday, 5 to 9 PM. Lunch: Monday
through Friday, 11: 30 AM to 2: 30 PM.
Brunch: Saturday, 11 AM to 2: 30 PM;
Sunday, 11: 30 AM to 2: 30 PM
AX, D, MC, V; ;
502 Washington Boulevard, Jersey City