Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Now Open: Novu

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Now Open: Novu

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Wedgewood Mall, 1055 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne

973-694-3500, novurestaurant.com

How it started: After years at the helm of Mahwah River Palm Terrace, chef Tony Dumani of Pompton Lakes saw an opportunity to launch a new restaurant that would give his North Jersey clientele something "fresh." He explained: "They're really craving for something new." The Pompton Lakes resident's solution? Novu, a New American 110-seat restaurant that stresses freshness, quality and simple foods. This is the first time Dumani has owned a restaurant, and his general manager and co-owner is his wife, Kathy. It gives them more time to see each other. "I've been working for so many hours, so many years," he said. "I decided it's probably time for me and her to spend more time together."

Making it simple: Novu's Facebook page promises "uncomplicated clean flavors," which means crafting dishes "without using 30,000 ingredients," Dumani said. "I like to see the taste of the fish or the food or the steak itself. …

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