Anthony David’s Celebrates 20 Years

The Hoboken institution has much to commemorate at their 20th anniversary block party this weekend.

From left, Liz and Anthony Pino outside their restaurant Anthony David's in Hoboken. Photo courtesy of Gail PR

This Saturday, Hoboken institution Anthony David’s is celebrating its 20th anniversary at the corner of 10th and Bloomfield streets.

Now a popular BYO, the restaurant has seen several transformations since Anthony and Liz Pino first opened Anthony David’s—named after Anthony, whose middle name is David—in 1998. It was originally a gourmet Italian grocery store and catering business. In 2002, the couple turned Anthony David’s into a full-scale Italian restaurant, offering brunch, dinners and catered events.

In 2013, they revamped the space again, expanding with the addition of a back room for private dining parties and whole new look. At that point, chef Anthony Pino decided to shift the restaurant’s focus, turning it into an all-day trattoria, with a menu that’s both timeless and creative.

Last month, I was invited to a dinner at Anthony David’s. It was one of those last days of August, when the heat wave finally broke, and the evening was cool enough that it required a sweater. I snagged a table outside—of which there are several, located on both sides of the corner restaurant.

Anthony David’s is BYO, but they now carry select wines from Unionville Vineyards, a winery located in Ringoes. You have to order the bottle (no glass pours), but it’s worth it—especially if you forget to bring a bottle with you. Wines start at $18 for a half bottle, and max out around $37. We opted for a bottle of Unionville’s dry rosé ($26.95), the perfect companion to the breezy summer evening. I would have gladly ordered a bottle of the Pheasant Hill Pinot Noir ($36.95), but Anthony David’s had run out of it.

The dinner menu encompasses a range of appetizers, pasta dishes and entrées. We started with the taleggio arancini ($12), which were perfectly crisp and served with a tomato-based, savory ’nduja “gravy.” The rock shrimp risotto ($32) was delicately flavored and colored with saffron, and the smoky eggplant Bolognese ($24), served on bucatini, could give any beef Bolognese a run for its money. Desserts, like the “old school” ice box cake ($10), are delightfully decadent.

Because I was there for dinner, I didn’t have the opportunity to try Anthony David’s crab cake special, a popular item on the restaurant’s brunch menu—but you can get a chance to do so this weekend at the restaurant’s anniversary celebration.

Anthony David’s will be hosting a 20th anniversary block party on Saturday, September 29 on 10th Street between Washington Street and Bloomfield Street in Hoboken. The event will run from 10 AM to 3 PM, and features a sangria bar with wines from Unionville Vineyards, live music and a special menu.

Anthony David’s, 953 Bloomfield Street, Hoboken; 201-222-8399. BYO; Open daily.

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