Located in Paulsboro, NJ, Osteria 545 is a contemporary Italian restaurant transformed from its previous identity when it was Nino Gervasi’s. The establishment, owned by Rich and Lisa Shaget, has introduced a blend of inventive modern cuisine and traditional Italian classics.
Customers rave and often return for more in this Gloucester County community for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. They are closed Mondays.
Two for Tuesdays is a great way to get acquainted with the restaurant, and it’s a fantastic dinner deal at $65+ tax for two appetizers, two entrees, and two desserts.
The regular Dinner Menu offers many classic and creative starters, salads, pastas, and entrees. The fried Brussels Sprouts are their most popular starter, served with Calabrian honey, goat cheese, and sliced almonds.
The restaurant’s signature dish is its Black Pasta, which features squid ink pasta, shrimp fra diavolo, n’duja butter, and Calabrian chili. This dish rivals any you would find in the city, and adding crab meat takes the experience to another level of deliciousness.
Other Weekly Specials include:
- Mussel Madness on Wednesdays (all-you-can-eat mussels in red, white, or 545 sauce)
- Half-Price Bottles of Wine on Thursdays
- Sunday Gravy (4:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Sundays)
The famous Boro-Burger (crispy frizzled onions, bacon, sweet heat sauce, arugula & mozzarella) is available on the lunch and bar menus. Lunch hours are Tuesday – Friday: 11:00 am–3:00 pm.
In addition to its world-class Italian cuisine, the restaurant boasts a full bar serving cocktails, beer, and wine. The bar menu also features many cocktails that will tantalize the taste buds.
Two specialty cocktails of note are the Cedar Plank Old-Fashioned, made with Bulleit rye, chocolate bitters, and an ice sphere, then smoked on a cedar plank for a unique flavor profile. The Berry Sparkle, which consists of Kettle Citron, Crème de Cassis, and Prosecco, is served with dry ice for a bubbling effect.
Happy Hour is available Tuesday through Thursday nights from 4 pm to 6 pm, with drink specials and $6 & $8 bites. One of the most popular items on the happy hour menu is the chicken parm eggroll, which customers love.
Rich also prepares homemade limoncello, offered as a shot to every customer at the end of their meal.
The Bar Menu is available daily at the bar. Bar hours are: Tuesday – Thursday: 11:00 am-10:00 pm, Friday – Saturday: 11:00 am-11:00 pm, and Sunday: 3:00 pm-9:00 pm.
For those who love Italian cuisine in South Jersey, Osteria 545 is a must-visit destination. Enjoy flavorful dishes, refreshing drinks, and warm ambiance at one of Gloucester County’s best restaurants.
Dinner hours are Tuesday – Thursday: 5:00 pm-9:00 pm, Friday – Saturday 5:00 pm-10:00 pm, and Sunday 4:00-8:00 pm.
There are so many reasons to visit this Italian restaurant in South Jersey. Osteria 545 is located at 545 West Broad Street in Paulsboro, NJ 08066.
For reservations, call 856-599-1833 or book on Open Table.
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Marilyn is a freelance writer covering the food and drink scene of South Jersey. You can find more of her writing on Philly Grub and NewsBreak.