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Ma Maison Brasserie opens in Millburn, NJ with a big THUMBS UP!

Published July 26, 2012 By Karen Eastman Bigos on

Ma Maison Brasserie at 291 Essex Street in Millburn, NJ - Just opened in July 2012

Faites comme chez vous”

If you like French food, a cozy yet bustling European atmosphere, and delicious cuisine, then head to Millburn, NJ and try the newest restaurant at 291 Essex Street: Ma Maison Brasserie. Just make sure to call in advance at 973-467-7873 and bring your own wine. The tables are filling up and you may have to wait if you don’t have a reservation.

Owners Franco and Sharon Ammiriti have been delighting local diners down the street at Cafe Luna for the last couple of years. Their fresh and tasty cuisine with a touch of San Remo, Italy where Franco is from, hits the spot in the quaint little store front at the corner of Essex Street and Main Street. Many Millburners remember eating Carvel or Cold Stone ice cream at that location before they opened their restaurant. Today it offers an intimate dining experience and is local favorite for lunch and dinner. One of the best perks (of Cafe Luna) is for pre-theatre meals; it is just a short walk up Old Short Hills Road to PaperMill Playhouse.

Sharon, (pronounced Sharone) who is acting as hostess, while Franco (known as Disciple d’Escoffier, Franco Emilio) is running the kitchen, are a team that understands quality, service and hospitality. Opening a second restaurant just a block away from their first venture, seemed like a natural progression. A few diners who were there on Friday night, were alread back for a second time!

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Creative Chef Does French Food His Way

Published: Friday, October 12, 2012 By Cody Kendall/For The Star-Ledger The Star-Ledger


Ma Maison Brasserie 291 Essex St., Millburn. (973) 467-7873, Hours: 5 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Closed Sundays. THREE STARS

Preparing French-inspired cuisine with care does not mean being tied to tradition for Franco Ammirati, the chef and owner of Ma Maison Brasserie.

A native of Italy who went to culinary school in San Remo, close to the French border, Ammirati lets his creativity take precedence. So if you order Coquilles St. Jacques ($14.95), don’t expect the usual version of scallops in a rich cream sauce. Ammirati comes up with something so different that the name is really a tease. He serves the scallops with a tomato-based sauce, throwing in shrimp and artichokes for company.

His bouillabaisse ($23.95) lies under a pastry crust, the better to let the heady aroma of seafood and saffron broth make a spectacular exit when knife and fork afford an opening.

Beneath the profiteroles ($7.95) is the chocolatey hazelnut spread Nutella, a counterpoint to the dark chocolate that tops the gelato-stuffed puff pastry. And while pizza ($11.95-$13.95) can’t be considered a staple of French fare, Ammirati happily adds the wood-burning brick oven variety to his offerings.

Three years ago, this veteran of New York restaurants opened Luna, an Italian spot, in Millburn. But since he was equally fluent in French cooking (his father, Francesco Ammirati, has been president of the Order of the Disciples of Escoffier in Italy, and he is a member), it occurred to him that a French restaurant might stand out among the town’s dining establishments. Ma Maison debuted in July, and the appeal of having something different worked. People are attracted to the restaurant, at which the flair begins outside with striped awnings and a wrought-iron railing and continues inside with furniture imported from Italy.

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