Chef Michael Colletti Introduces New Dining Room, Menu at VB3

The Jersey City restaurant is now offering a two-course lunch tasting menu, themed nights and Happy Hour specials.

Chef/owner Michael Colletti has a new menu at VB3 Restaurant and Bar, which opened May 2012 and is located on the waterfront at 475 Washington Boulevard, Monaco Building, Jersey City (201-420-4VB3). To celebrate, the restaurant is offering a special two-course lunch tasting menu consisting of a soup or salad and half a sandwich, themed nights and happy hour specials.

New and classic Italian-American favorites, using local and organic produce are featured on the seasonally changing menu such as: corn soup; crispy chicken scarpiello with fennel sausage, hot peppers and rosemary; rigatoni with lamb Bolognese, mint and pecorino cheese; gourmet pizzas; skillet-baked ricotta pancakes with lemon-blueberry compote; and peach-and-almond tart with almond streusel and blackberry gelato.

Along with the new menu, there have also been renovations. Black banquettes and tables stationed along the back and a newly redesigned custom made bar, separated by a leather wall create a modern look. The bar area has TVs for Happy Hour and game days. The restaurant serves lunch Monday to Friday, 11 AM to 5 PM; dinner Monday through Saturday, 5 to 11 PM; Happy Hour, Monday to Friday, 5 to 7 PM and a late night bar menu, 11 PM to 1:30 AM; brunch, Saturday and Sunday, 11 AM.

Chef Colletti attended the Culinary Education Center in Asbury Park and worked at Le Cirque and Mai House in New York City. He helped celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn open Good Stuff Eatery, as well as opening and overseeing operations at Mendelsohn’s We, The Pizza, both in Washington, DC.

In case you were wondering, “VB” stands for Villa Borghese, which is the name of the pizzeria in Fords that is owned by chef Colletti’s cousin.

VB3 corn soup with crab-and-corn zeppolis.
Photo courtesy of Joe Hot Shotz/ VB3 Restaurant & Bar

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