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This Family-Owned Italian Spot Has Been Serving Roseland for 40 Years

by Kristina Helfer
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Marra’s Italian Specialities has been feeding Roseland and its surrounding areas since 1985. After nearly 40 years, this spot has proven it’s a staple amongst the Italian delis in the area. Located at 172 Eagle Rock Avenue in Roseland, Mara’s serves lunch and dinner, and provides catering — they’re ready to satisfy your cravings in-house or in your own home. Read on to learn more about this delicious deli and restaurant below.

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The Menu

All three of Marra’s menus have the Italian classics New Jerseyans know and love. From cold sandwiches to hot subs to large portions of saucy pasta, you can’t go wrong any time of day. It also serves grab-and-go prepared foods so you can feed your family a soul-warming meal at home.

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One of the standout items is Marra’s mozzarella, which is made in-house. Atop a large sub or chicken parmigiana, you will love its freshness and perfect stretch and chew. The bread on the oversized subs is also deserving of a mention. With a light crunch on the outside and pillowy softness inside, it’s the perfect vehicle for the cheeses, meats, and eggplant of your Italian sammy dreams. 

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On the dinner side, the chicken, veal, or eggplant parmigianas are standouts. The portions will serve you for two meals — or a shareable plate — and the dish is representative of the warm comfort this Italian-American standard is known for.

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Marra’s website notes, “We use the old traditional recipes we grew up with, those taken from Italy by Nonna Rose and Papa Tony. We are passionate about cooking homemade, fresh, quality meals. When we cook for customers, we cook for family. We do things the old-fashioned way.” And, the sentiment is evident in each dish.

The Atmosphere

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With imported tomato cans piled high and checkered tablecloths, Marra’s is the old-school-style spot you’d expect. With friendly staff that treats you like family and a casual atmosphere, you will feel right at home.

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The spot has indoor seating, as well as outdoor seating, well suited for a warm summer evening. Tables and seating are limited though so a reservation for dinnertime is recommended as this is a popular dining spot. The restaurant is BYOB and sometimes has weekly live music during dinner. Be sure to check them out at 172 Eagle Rock Avenue in Roseland, NJ, or visit the website for more information and reservations. Marra’s is open Monday through Saturday from 9AM to 9PM, but they are closed on Sunday.

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