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INSIDE RUDY'S: Pizza Confidential
RUDY’S RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA IN CLOSTER, NJ, AN INSTITUTION IN THE COMMUNITY FOR OVER 50 YEARS, IS THE SUBJECT OF FILMMAKER ANTONY OSSO’S LATEST PROJECT: "INSIDE RUDY'S", SIX SHORT FILMS CELEBRATING THE BELOVED RESTAURANT.
The first piece, “Pizza Confidential,” launched Sunday on the Rudy’s Facebook page, website, and new YouTube Channel and features the secrets behind their award-winning pizza. A full-length documentary will follow in the fall.
MICHAEL KARAS/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Rudy's owner Charlie Osso, center, cuts a ribbon as Closter Mayor John Glidden, right, and, from left, Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi and Councilman Robert Robert Di Dio look on. BY DEENA YELLIN, STAFF WRITER | THE RECORD
CLOSTER — A ribbon-cutting for three new stores at Closter Plaza marks the continued momentum of Closter’s great commercial revitalization.
That was the vibe at the grand opening of Massage Envy, Kidville and Rudy’s at the Vervalen Street mall on Tuesday afternoon.
“It’s a really big improvement,” said Kathleen O’Neil, a Closter resident of 63 years who stood wide eyed inside the newly refurbished Rudy’s Ristorante & Pizzeria, where the aroma of freshly baked pizza was in the air. “We needed this.”
Former Mayor Fred Pitofsky beamed. “We’re called the hub of the Northern Valley and now we have a great shopping center,” he said. He predicted that the newly renovated plaza — anchored by a Whole Foods — will impact area stores positively. “This will attract people from all over.”
Customers were already crowding into Rudy’s as the pies entered and exited the ovens briskly. The 50-year-old establishment is now in a larger space with seating for 130, said owner Anthony Osso. “Everyone is excited about our new look,” he said.
Six short documentary films are celebrating the half-century-old Closter pizza institution Rudy’s.
They were shot over the last year by filmmaker Antony Osso, who filmed his father Charlie Osso and his uncle Fred Osso – the owners since 1977 – and their staff as they prepared to move into their new location in Closter Plaza.
The first film, Pizza Confidential, is available on the restaurant’s Facebook page; five more will premiere every Sunday through April 24.
Charlie and Fred Osso grew up surrounded by the best of southern Italian cuisine – fields of olive trees, red onions, and tomatoes. Little did they know, growing up on their family farm in Calabria, Italy, that they would one day own one of northern New Jersey’s most popular Italian restaurants.
Charlie and Fred came to America with their father, eager to work and help pave the way for the rest of the family to join them. Charlie began working as a baker at Belmonte Bakery in New York City, while Fred became a chef at Jerry’s Italian Restaurant in Fort Lee. To be closer to his family, Charlie relocated to Rudy’s Pizza in Closter, where he made pizza for original owner Rodolfo “Rudy” Coniglio. When Rudy decided to retire, Charlie and Fred gathered their savings and took over the restaurant.
With Charlie making the pizzas and Fred in the kitchen, they catered to Rudy’s loyal client base and worked hard to deliver an authentic Italian dining experience, always present to run the day-to-day operations and perfect the dishes. With a commitment to quality ingredients and family-friendly prices, they had great success, introducing traditional Italian pasta, seafood and specialties to the menu. As the business continued to grow through the years, they expanded the dining room and added a wine list and bar.
It was always a family affair at Rudy’s: Charlie’s wife Nina was a waitress and hostess, and all four of Charlie and Fred’s sons grew up working behind the pizza counter. While Charlie, Fred, and Fred’s sons Anthony and David celebrate nearly five decades in Closter, Charlie’s son Rick has extended the brand, creating Rudy’s of Garwood. Together with the Garwood team, Rick is bringing the same great Italian dining experience he grew up with to central New Jersey.
Both locations offer delicious Italian meals at great prices, as well as take-out, catering for parties on site or off, daily specials, premium cocktails, and a full wine list.
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