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Millie's Brings a Slice of Old World to Morristown

Pizza and meatball-centric restaurant to be located at 60 South St.

After more than a year of planning, preparing and pining for a slice of the kind of pizza they remembered as children, Millie's Old World Meatballs and Pizza is coming. The hungry and the curious, however, still have to wait until September.

Co-owner Brandon Carrabba, of Millstone Township, rolls his eyes in impatience. It's been a long road, but he and his brother Vince, along with cousin and fellow partner Jordan Eppolito can see the end in sight. All they need to do is open the garage door onto South Street, into their new restaurant's lounge.

Growing up on Staten Island and Brooklyn, Brandon and Vince, now of Mendham, would travel far and wide for a good slice of pizza. When it came to meatballs, however, they didn't need to go far. It was their grandmother, Millie, who fried the meatballs and put them in the homemade marinara sauce every Sunday. But, as Vince Carrabba noted, "by the time dinner was ready there weren't any meatballs left because everyone had already eaten them."

That's why one of the restaurant's expected features is a fried meatball station, where the little tasty orbs will be paired with sauce instead of joined. They will be prepared along with fresh mozzarella at one station amidst the 4,200 square feet that is set to become the 100-seat Millie's Old World Meatballs and Pizza.

Nearby, two ovens, one of coal the other of wood, will pump out pizzas en masse. Eppolito, originally from California and now living in Morristown, noted the wood fired oven, from Naples, Italy, can cook a pizza in less than two minutes.

While the space once occupied by Cascata the Spa still feels a long way from what is to become Morristown's latest restaurant, the trio of entrepreneurs do not appear worried, only impatient. That sense of urgency can already be witnessed in the purchase of two Jeep Wranglers the owners have purchased, to ensure they will be able to deliver their products come rain, sleet, snow or dark of night. "Delivery is going to be a big deal for us," Brandon said. "We can't just shut the doors."

The entrepeneurial spirit doesn't start with the restaurant.

Vince Carrabba has for years bred show dogs. He and his brother invested in a pair of businesses, Krazy House Customs and Metro One Loss Prevention Services Group, the latter of which Eppolito joined eight years ago. 

"We have passion," Vince Carrabba said. "And this (Millie's) is something we've always wanted to do."

That passion lead their "Millie's and Paulie's Coal Fired Pizza" to take first place qualifier for traditional pies in their regional category at the 2011 International Pizza Challenge in Las Vegas, a competiton featuring pizzas from all over the world. 

The ovens, coal and wood, sit side-by-side, surrounded by continuing construction work. Eppolito said, however once things get rolling, "it's a show with these ovens."

The trio is excited about what has taken over a year to mature, but is only a few months from fruition.

"We grew up around good pizza, so food's a priority," Brandon Carrabba said. "We want to bring something different to town."

For more information about Millie's Old World Meatballs and Pizza, including its progress leading up to its opening, visit www.milliesoldworld.com.

Motown Resident July 12, 2012 at 11:44 AM
The garage door "Sona" look is a winning formula. The place looks great! Good luck guys and I am looking forward to trying your pizza and seeing you succeed!!
BiggDogg July 12, 2012 at 01:35 PM
This is a joke right? I guess these out-of-towners didn't do much research or they really believe in their pizza and meatballs. cuz just on their street alone is 6 pizza restaurants, and that's not including some of the full Italian restaurants on the street as well. They must be too busy running non restaurant businesses to do a simple Google search. With that being said, I'm sure they will do well once the doors open and I too will be trying their food. I am just making a statement that soon all of Morristown will be one giant bar/pizzeria.
NikkiM July 12, 2012 at 05:03 PM
So proud of my family, best of luck :)
Mike Bower December 08, 2012 at 04:06 AM
WOW!!! These guys are unbeleeeeivably dumb!!! Pizza and a bag of balls?? LOL I couldnt think of of dumber idea in a town that has 52 pizza places!! And no liquor license!! Stick to dog grooming guys! Ps when taking a photo for the "HOSPITALITY" business (big tip here) SMILE! You look like three jamoke hit men! Yeah that makes me want to run right in!!!
Mike Bower December 08, 2012 at 04:09 AM
And look at their photo... Dumb, dumber and dumberer... They will leave motown with their tail between their legs and empty pockets....
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mike bower February 08, 2013 at 03:45 AM
Ok we tried Millies tonight after waiting 2 years for them to open... (lol) Ok first the good... Pizza wasnt half bad.... Now the Bad... The meatballs were inedible!!! Worst meatballs we ever came across... A weird hard crust around a non eventful tasteless center. I thought they were mini hockey pucks. And now the worst... 2 small pizzas and 4 meatballs... $50!! The meatballs on these guys! seriously... good luck!

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