The Wait Is Over: Ferraro's Is Serving Dinner

The restaurant is enjoying a soft opening.

Talk about a long wait for dinner. After nearly a year and a half, Ferraro's, the landmark restaurant located on Elm Street in Westfield, is back in business. 

Sherry Cronin, executive director of the Downtown Westfield Corporation, confirmed that the cooks are back in the kitchen as of Tuesday evening.

"It's a soft opening but they're open," Cronin said. 

A six-alarm fire gutted the Italian eatery in May of 2011. During the interim, loyal customers could find Ferraro's favorites at its Summit outpost, Anna's, named for the family matriarch, or at Ferraro's South. 

Cronin said mama Anna is at the restaurant tonight and eagerly greeting customers.

Earlier this month, chef Guiseppe DiPietro told Patch he will have his regular staff at the helm and is looking to bring on and train new members as well. 

The restaurant will only be serving dinner for the next several weeks. Check back with Patch to find out when the restaurant will be open for lunch as well. 

Will you visit the new Ferraro's for dinner tonight? If so, tell us all about your experience in the comments section.

Paulie "Garlic Knots" Rigitone September 25, 2012 at 11:06 PM
It's back to traffic congestion on Elm St and North Ave. How does Ferarro's get away with blocking traffic with a valet parking line? Do they have a permit for that? I wish them the best of luck but I don't like "fast food" Italian which is what they serve up. When does the after hours club open up? I don't believe they have a liquor license to serve at a bar.
Simon Lack September 25, 2012 at 11:23 PM
I love Ferraro's and have eaten there hundreds of times. Chuck Murray, Maria and Mrs Ferraro are all wonderful people and we've had a great many family dinners there. We will have many more.
South Westfielder September 25, 2012 at 11:25 PM
That is one UGLY building. How did that get past the zoning people?
OK September 26, 2012 at 02:03 AM
i was never waiting for them to re-open so the title of this story should be the wait is over for those that were waiting.
Paulie "Garlic Knots" Rigitone September 26, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Jackass? Why, because i gave my opinion? Time will tell whether or not Ferarro's is skirting their limited liquor license by serving liqour to patrons at a bar. The valet question must have been the back breaker. If they lose that, bye bye business. What would happen if every downtown eatery provided a valet service? It would mean gridlock on Elm, E. Broad, Quimby, and Central. Simple question, how does Ferarro's get away with blocking traffic on Elm St and North Ave? I will assume you are a jackass if you can't answer any of the questions.
Frank Arena September 26, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Ferraro’s reopening is a great thing for Westfield. They have been an anchor business in our town for a generation and that they have reinvested in such a big way says much about the Ferraro Family, and also what a great place Westfield is to do business. To that end, just down the block from Ferraro’s, Urban Outfitters will be opening their doors for business later this Fall. And this past weekend we had the Grand Opening of Bohemian Raspberry (yum!) located at 219 South Avenue. And also coming soon are Kennedy's All American Barber Club, Potizzi Jewelry and Fred Astaire Dance Studio. With so much of the world seeming upside down and backwards these day it’s a great to see Ferraro’s, one of New Jersey’s great dining establishments, re-open their doors again in our wonderful town.
Pay To Play September 26, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Frank, you forgot to mention that they hosted your campaign fundraiser and no doubt contributed to your campaign coffer. While I agree that it's great to have Ferarro's open again, your alliance with the family would appear to be the motivation behind your posting. I'm sure that they appreciate your support but I am also sure that support comes with a price tag and/or discount.
S. Remitri September 26, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Mr.Arena, can you answer the questions posted above? I am concerned about the traffic around Ferraro's from a safety standpoint with all the cars backed up waiting to be parked by their valet service. It's not uncommon to see a valet worker sprinting down North Ave to retrieve a car from the Weldon lot while other cars are backed up on Elm St. This has caused a safety hazard for pedestrians crossing Elm St at North Ave. thank you in advance for your answer The delivery cars that park with their hazard lights compounds the problem.
August West September 26, 2012 at 07:04 PM
"one of New Jersey’s great dining establishments"? Frank, you really need to get out more.
E Liz September 26, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Glad that Ferraro's is back! I think the building looks nice - actually I was walking by the other day and there was either and Architect or Designer walking around and all of the doors were open and the chandeliers were lit and it looked gorgeous inside! Ferarro's is has been a fixture in Westfield since before I was born so I think it would have been devastating if they didn't rebuild - I can only imagine how long that site would have sat vacant. Best wishes for success in the newly rebuilt space! If I am not mistaken, they were talking about keeping the delivery and takeout from the South Ave location. The valet cars don't sit out front for long - in my experience of who is parked out front illegally - its usually people picking up their food who are too special to park in a marked spot ... and the delivery cars, so those two groups would be eliminated if the delivery and takeout remained at South Ave.
E Liz September 26, 2012 at 07:17 PM
What do you find ugly about it? Just curious.
Little Chucky September 26, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Actually Frank, they have been in Westfield for multiple generations. Your comments look more like an advertisement for the DWC. What is your vested interest in Ferraro's Mr. Arena. Might they be looking for you to push a liquor license through for them? I quess we shall wait and see.
South Westfielder September 26, 2012 at 09:16 PM
@ E Liz, I haven't seen the inside, so my remarks about it being ugly was only about how I see the outside. I can understand how people feel inconvenienced by the take out. They will double park and get out to get their pies. There is no way to get by them. I am not as concenred about the valet. I have seen them run around, so any inconvenience I experienced has been temporary and not that big a deal for me.
Shamrock1224 September 27, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Obviously there are now 3 floors of dining.. I walked by earlier this afternoon and noticed that. So no more tenants. It almost looks like they will use one of the upper floors for large parties. Did they ever find the cause of the fire? I'd hate to be the Ins Co that paid that claim.
Jeff B September 27, 2012 at 02:35 PM
E Liz, the building's appearance is fine with me. However, the comments I have heard are about the "barf yellow" color and that the overall appearance seems to fit better with the "islands" than with the Colonial Town of Westfield.
Jeff B September 27, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Shamrock1224, this should not have been a claim that the insurance company hated to pay. In my opinion, Ferraro's burned to the ground because of an ineffective fire department right across the street - the same with Clyne & Murphy (and a Barchester Way home further away). Unfortunately, the town does not appear to have done anything meaningful about the deficiencies. When you have a catastrophic loss to a business or family, excuses just don't cut it with me.
NR9 September 27, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I don't want to put words into Jeff B's mouth here but I think his reference to "an ineffective fire department" is not meant as an attack of the men and women of the Westfield Fire Dept. who do a great job protecting us each and every day but rather as an attack of the mayor/politicians who have made the department "less effective" than it should/could be by keeping staffing levels dangerously low. The men/women we have in the department are great- we just need more of them. Jeff B - If I've misunderstood your intent here, my apologies, but I think it's important that people realize the issue for most people is staffing numbers and not with the actual quality of work performed by our existing firefighters who should be applauded for their work.
Jeff B September 27, 2012 at 07:00 PM
NR9, this issue is "off topic", but your comment does not accurately express my view. When the town on more than one occasion has said the issue might be resolvable if the firefighters' union were willing to reopen the contract and the head of the union not only has not stepped forward but is publicly quoted as having "no comment", I reserve judgment on assigning blame. I also did not have any basis for applauding the "quality of work performed" by Westfield firefighters in the three incidents I mentioned. I know "Chucky" Murray personally, thought what happened was appalling and wish them great success in their new place.
NR9 September 27, 2012 at 07:56 PM
@Jeff B. Then my apologies again for reading your original comment differently.
Karina Hay September 27, 2012 at 08:14 PM
I think it's a nice looking place and will do amazing business, but wow someone got paid off to break so many zoning and liquor laws...blatant corruption at its best.
Karina Hay September 27, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Will they still be selling pizza or is it just pricier entrees?
South Westfielder September 27, 2012 at 09:48 PM
E Liz, There is entirely too much concrete, it is not in keeping with the colonial flair, the color is off and it is just too darn big. it looks like something one would find in Queens or the Bronx. Like others though, I am wishing them well.
JERSEY GIRL September 27, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Go to cosmos!
M E Padlo October 02, 2012 at 01:02 PM
the new place is beautiful can't wait to try the food our friends went and said it was great
Irene L November 25, 2012 at 03:03 PM
If you remember Ferraro's for good food, nice dinning rooms and a friendly host you are in for a surprise. Took my family for dinner Sat. night. The food was very average. The room was so crowded the wait staff couldn't walk between tables. Twice I thought food was going to land on my lap. I coulnted 102 people in the small room. Is this in the fire code? Chuck Murray was extremely rude to the customers. He was rude to us and when my daughter spoke to him, he became nasty to her. Other people where also surprised at his quick temper and rudeness. My family will never eat there again and when asked about Ferraro's, i will be honest about my experience.
Jason Alexander January 20, 2013 at 04:31 AM
This building is a monstrosity. The Ferraros buildings have been getting progressively tackier with each renovation. I am counting the days (decades, potentially) until this blight on our town is torn down.


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