Fun or Fad: Gobbler Panzarotti at Franco’s Place

If you’ve lived in South Jersey for any amount of time (for me, almost 8 years), you’ll probably know what a panzarotti is. It’s quite possibly South Jersey’s quintessential food. A traditional panzarotti is defined as deep-fried pizza dough filled with sauce, mozzarella cheese and choice of pizza toppings.

Panzarottis were introduced by Pauline Tarantini of Camden, New Jersey who, in the early 60s, immigrated to the United States from Italy where she learned how to make panzerotti, a fried savory turnover popular in Southern and Central Italian cuisine. They were an instant hit in South Jersey and the Tarantini family have been mass-producing them here ever since.

Franco’s Place in Westmont – Home of the limited-time-only Gobbler Panzarotti

The Original Tarantini Panzarotti™ can be found on menus at pizzerias and restaurants all over the South Jersey and greater Delaware Valley region. However, there is only one location that offers the Thanksgiving-inspired Gobbler Panzarotti. Filled with roast turkey, stuffing, optional cranberry sauce and served with a side of gravy, the Gobbler Panzarotti is a seasonally-appropriate version of the original.

Time for a Gobbler Panzarotti at Franco’s Place

The deep-fried Thanksgiving in a bite can be found at Franco’s Place in Westmont exclusively because it is one of the two Tarantini family-owned businesses in the area (Vincent’s in Merchantville is the other). While it may seem fad-ish, this location is known for its extensive panzarotti menu offering a variety of fillings and toppings. So, it’s no wonder they offer a fun, seasonally-inspired option.

The Gobbler Panzarotti is available for a limited time only. It’s on special from October to December. So, there are still a few weeks to get it.

What do you think? Fun or fad? Sound off in the comments!

Thanksgiving in a deep-fried bite – YUM!

Franco’s is located at 53 Haddon Avenue. Parking is on the side of the building or on the street. It’s also a few blocks from the PATCO speedline. Happy eating!

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Hearthside to Host DREAM Program Fundraiser

Chef Dominic Piperno of Hearthside in Collingswood

Chef Dominic Piperno of Hearthside, a graduate of St. Michael’s College in Vermont and co-founder of the DREAM Program, which helps close the opportunity gap for children in low-income housing will be hosting a fundraiser on Tuesday, November 19.  

The event will begin at 6:30 PM at Hearthside with a cocktail hour of passed hors d’oeuvres and will be followed by a seated, four-course, family-style dinner with Vermont beer and wine. Guests will have the opportunity to taste Hearthside’s house-made pastas and wood-fired specials like 40-day dry-aged porterhouse and wood-roasted lobster.

Founders of the DREAM Program will be in attendance and available for discussion.

Tickets for the event are $250 and can be reserved by phone at (856) 240-1164 between 2 PM and 10 PM, Tuesday through Saturday.

Hearthside is located at 801 Haddon Avenue in Collingswood.