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Captain Of His Own Ship

By Marissa Rothkopf Bates | | July 2, 2019 | Appears in the July 2019 issue

Anthony Bucco, long one of the state’s leading chefs, adds ” co – woner ” to his impressive resume. 

Felina in Ridgewood is a foodie's delight

Michael Politz, Correspondent Published 9:00 a.m. ET Jan. 23, 2019

Working in the restaurant industry for years leads to relationships that stem far beyond the walls of any individual eatery. I met acclaimed chef Anthony Bucco about 10 years ago when we worked at Uproot in Warren together, at which time he was the executive chef. Since then, he also went on to work at top New Jersey restaurants, including the Ryland Inn and Restaurant Latour. 

NJ Chef Profile Series: Martyna Krowicka, Felina’s Chef de Cuisine

05 Aug 2019/Julia Mullaney

When Martyna Krowicka was in high school, she closed her eyes and tried to picture where she saw herself in terms of her career down the road. “It was around the time everyone was figuring out what they were going to do with their lives…I couldn’t picture myself anywhere but [in] a kitchen,” Krowicka said.

The 23 new N.J. restaurants you need to try this fall

By Jessica Remo | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Good news, New Jersey: Bathing suit season is over and eating season is upon us!

Fortunately for us, there are a ton of new restaurants across the state to help in this endeavor. Cheat-day comfort food? Oh yes. Adorable bakery-cafes? Check. Two different restaurants in giant remodeled banks? Yeah, we’ve got those, too.

The 28 Hottest New Restaurants 2019

By Jill P. Capuzzo, Adam Erace, Sophia F. Gottfried, Eric Levin, Peg Rosen, Shelby Vittek | | February 1, 2019 | Appears in the February 2019 issue

For nearly 20 years, Anthony Bucco has distinguished himself at every restaurant he’s led. The list includes Stage Left in New Brunswick, Uproot in Warren, the Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station and Restaurant Latour at the Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg. Along the way, he has mentored younger chefs, beverage specialists and many others. What he has never had until now is a restaurant fully his own in concept and execution. Partnering with Frank Cretella of Landmark Hospitality has changed that. Felina is Bucco’s vivacious and engrossing take on modern Italian. The opening menu ranges from a fascinating veal tartare to complex pastas to lovingly detailed meat and seafood entrées. He has surrounded himself, as usual, with top talent, including beverage director Chris James and chef de cuisine Martyna Krowicka. Not least, the space, once a bank, is a knockout, not quite like any other in the state.­—EL
54 East Ridgewood Avenue, 551-276-5454

The 28 Hottest New Restaurants 2019

By Jill P. Capuzzo, Adam Erace, Sophia F. Gottfried, Eric Levin, Peg Rosen, Shelby Vittek | | February 1, 2019 | Appears in the February 2019 issue

For nearly 20 years, Anthony Bucco has distinguished himself at every restaurant he’s led. The list includes Stage Left in New Brunswick, Uproot in Warren, the Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station and Restaurant Latour at the Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg. Along the way, he has mentored younger chefs, beverage specialists and many others. What he has never had until now is a restaurant fully his own in concept and execution. Partnering with Frank Cretella of Landmark Hospitality has changed that. Felina is Bucco’s vivacious and engrossing take on modern Italian. The opening menu ranges from a fascinating veal tartare to complex pastas to lovingly detailed meat and seafood entrées. He has surrounded himself, as usual, with top talent, including beverage director Chris James and chef de cuisine Martyna Krowicka. Not least, the space, once a bank, is a knockout, not quite like any other in the state.­—EL
54 East Ridgewood Avenue, 551-276-5454

Felina DINING • LIFESTYLE

APRIL 15, 2019 By Abby Montanez

Chef Anthony Bucco gives his newest restaurant the farm-fresh treatment of Italian cuisine.

The choice to return to one’s roots is never easy. I mean that not literally, because Chef Anthony Bucco was born and raised in New Jersey, but figuratively in regards to the soulful turn his culinary career has taken. I say this on the basis of his new restaurant, Felina, which by no means takes a backseat to his illustrious past, but rather takes on a looser, less precious persona that I think serves both him and his food well.

Felina Restaurant and Bar Brings Italian Cuisine to Ridgewood

By Stacey Feintuch January 10, 2019

Ridgewood has a brand new Italian spot to add to its already thriving, bustling restaurant scene. Felina Restaurant and Bar occupies the space formerly home to seafood restaurant, Fish, as well as some additional real estate. Despite renovations, much of the old charm remains. Open since December, the eatery is headed by chef/partner Anthony Bucco.

“The word, Felina, to me, conjures up thoughts of beauty, femininity, confidence, intelligence and accessibility,” he says.

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