Jersey City Italian
Laico's is truly fabulous, only there are no reservations, and it REALLY gets crowded. Make sure you go to the Laico's off Kennedy Blvd, though; there are two Laico's; this one is in an old house, overlooking the "slopes" of J.C.
But...don't overlook Presto's, a small gem in Paulus Hook, on Warren Street. Also like Laico's, it takes no reservations; they make a puttanesca that can't be beat, and TO ORDER -- fresh. Gotta go, and bring your own booze.