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Tommy Pollio, The Pasta Shop

The newest inductee into TPW’s elite chef-picks-chef club of top toques in the Garden State proved his mettle as a teen and never stopped playing it forward in the kitchen. Today at his self-described “neighborhood restaurant” in Denville, Tommy Pollio takes the philosophy of Italian cuisine and applies it to local ingredients and deeply rooted heritage.

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THE PASTA SHOP, 13 First Avenue, Denville. 973-253-4143. Website:


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