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NEWARK, NJ (July 31, 2019) – NJ based Villa Restaurant Group announces the opening of Piattino: A Neighborhood Bistro at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). Piattino, developed in partnership with Areas, a leading provider of food & beverage and retail services in the travel industry, creates the neighborhood bistro feel where friends and family gather for laughs, great conversation, and delicious food.

A statement wall in the restaurant features the Italian phrase Mangia Bene, Vivi Meglio which translates to Eat Well, Live Better. Piattino really takes the “eat well” part to heart. Indulge your inner foodie with the Herbed Milk Ricotta followed up by the Braised Veal Gorgonzola Risotto. Or take comfort in the classics like the Caesar Salad and the Classico Spaghetti & Meatballs.

A standout piece in the kitchen is the imported Italian oven set to 800° for stone fired artisan pizzas such as the Funghi featuring three types of cheese, caramelized onions and truffle oil to complement the stone-fired mushrooms. Or the Mezzaluna which is a pizza and a calzone all wrapped into one. Pair it all with a drink from the full bar stocked with an extensive selection of wine, beer, and cocktails. Finish it all off with one of the decadent desserts and something from the coffee menu.

Adam Torine, Executive Vice President of Development for Villa Restaurant Group, is happy to share the excitement of this new location, explaining, “Being a local, New Jersey based restaurant organization, we are very excited to team up with Areas and bring one of our iconic 40North brands to Newark Liberty Airport. We believe this Piattino will be able to deliver a true, familial sense of place to the travelers and employees of EWR.”

Piattino, a warm respite from the hustle and bustle of hectic traveling schedules is a place where not only friends and families gather, but those who travel alone can find comfort in the welcoming ambiance and friendly service. It is the third existing Piattino location, and the 13th restaurant for 40North, which owns such brands as Office Tavern Grill, Town Bar + Kitchen, and Black Horse Tavern & Pub.

For more information, please visit, or follow along with Piattino at and on Instagram at @Piattino_NJ.

About Villa Restaurant Group℠ (previously known as Villa Enterprises)


Villa Restaurant Group is a global multi-brand restaurant operator and franchisor. Founded in 1964 by Michele (Michael) Scotto, a Naples, Italy native, Villa Restaurant Group, began as a small pizzeria next to the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City. Today, Villa Restaurant Group is an international organization that recently celebrated its 54th anniversary with nearly 350 restaurants in malls, airports, casinos and other high-traffic locations.

Villa Restaurant Group’s quick-service restaurant brands, including Villa Italian Kitchen®, Green Leaf’s Beyond Great Salads®, Bananas Smoothies & Frozen Yogurt®, South Philly Cheesesteaks & Fries®, Far East Asian Fire®, and other emerging brands, can be found throughout the United States and internationally. Villa also operates full-service restaurants in New Jersey under the 40North Restaurant Group® brand including The Black Horse Tavern & Pub®, The Office Tavern Grill®, The OFFICE Beer Bar & Grill®, Piattino® and George & Martha’s® and Steelworks Buffet & Grill® in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. For more information, please visit