This year’s ‘Hoboken Mutzfest’ slated for Jan. 31

HOBOKEN – This year’s annual Hoboken Mutzfest won’t have a competition, putting emphasis instead on the variety of delectable Italian delights and homemade mozzarella that Hoboken is known for.
“If you look at all the Italian delis in Hoboken, they’re all family oriented,” said Peter Biancamano, whose family owns M&P Biancamano on Washington Street.
The festival, which will be held Sunday, Jan. 31, will offer entertainment by Eric DeLauro of the Rat Pack Band, a Cannoli Eating Contest and a Frank Sinatra Sing-A-Long.
While M& P Biancamano was the reigning three-year champ for the people’s choice award for the best mozzarella and Vito’s clutched the critic’s choice award two years running, both businesses agree that spreading the word of mile-square city eateries is more than enough.
“Only Hoboken’s best mutz-makers are invited to participate in this annual classic that brings together local small businesses and the community,” organizers said in an event announcement. “This year our event will be a celebration of Hoboken’s great Mutz, and not a competition.”
The eight restaurants that have been chosen to participate include Losurdo Bros. Deli, Luca Brasi’s Italian Deli, M&P Biancamano, Margherita’s Pizza & Café, Resticeria da Gigi, Sasso’s Deli, Tony Baloney’s and Vito’s Italian Deli.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Hoboken Family Alliance’s local initiatives including the Hoboken Bike Camp for those with disabilities. While online tickets are sold out, paper tickets are still available at participating delis and restaurants. General admission is $20. For information visit

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