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Jul 15, 2012 08:48 AM

Pinto's in Hackensack

Does anyone remember Pinto's Restaurant in Hackensack? It used to be in a white building on Greene Street, and when I lived in Teaneck as a tot (early 1960's), it's where my family always got their pizza. Later on, when we moved out of Teaneck, we'd still stop by if we were in the area, and I thought their Italian food (and pizza especially) was delicious, although I probably wasn't very discriminating when it came to Italian food (which I uniformly loved). In the mid 80's, the restaurant still existed, and I stopped there as a young adult after not having been for several years, and found it not all that great. Not sure if that meant the quality had deteriorated over the years, or whether my own sense of taste had become more refined. In any event, I'm pretty sure it no longer exists. A shame. I can still sometimes have visions of its pizza, with those circular pieces of sausage floating amongst the bubbling cheese and sauce (not sure if the visions are justified, or I'm looking back at the past through the proverbial rose colored glasses).

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  1. Pinto's was actually a very good restaurant for family dining back in the day. While it may not have been very creative or exciting.....All the food was freshly made.

    After Pinto's was replaced by a very poor BBQ restaurant.....Porky's?

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    1. re: fourunder

      Thanks for the quick response, fourunder. Do you have any idea when it first opened? My initial memory of it was the early 1960's, but I'm pretty sure it was around for a long time before that. My grandfather used to work in the area in the 1920's/1930's, and I know that Greene Street and vicinity was primarily Italian.

      1. re: legsdiamond12

        I would assume you are correct or close about the 60's, but I do not know the exact date of opening. If I recall, there was a change in ownership in the late 70s or early 80's. The new owner sold another restaurant and purchased Pinto's. He and his manager were friends with my father. ...and the owner's name was Bernstein and the manager's was Tommy. The place had a strong local following for both the food and bar. I know all my father's friends from both Haworth and White Beeches Golf Clubs frequented the place on a regular basis too. If memory serves me....the restaurant interest he sold before Pinto's was The New Bridge Inn located in New Milford on the Teaneck border

        1. re: fourunder

          I remember that logo well! The older I get, the more I miss that place.

          1. re: legsdiamond12

            And Holly's on route 4. I loved the chicken in a basket.

            1. re: toonik

              I don't have any clear memories of Holly's (although I do remember a Holly's in Bloomingdale, NJ); the place I remember from Rt 4 was Jahn's (I think that's how it was spelled). It may have been a "chain" but I remember stopping there for ice cream occasionally with my mother and little sister whenever we went shopping in Paramus. They probably served meals there too, but all I remember is the ice cream. I do know that it's long gone, and I'm not even sure where it was originally located. Either Rt. 17 or Rt. 4 (my memory, which is cetainly fallible, is telling me Rt. 4).

              1. re: legsdiamond12

                Who can't remember that red neon sign with a Chicken running in parts from fresh to cooked to the basket....Holly's was a diner at the Route 4 East & Hackensack Avenue intersection across from what is now, Riverside Square Mall/Bloomingdale's, and today is the Coach House Diner. Jahn's was on the other side heading on Route 4 West in Fair Lawn, just before where Route 4W and Route 208N split, and today is where The River Palm Terrace resides.

                Both Jahn's and Holly's had their versions of the Kitchen Sink.. 20+ scoops of ice cream with toppings...Jahn's was served in a bowl and Holly's in a vase. Holly's was also known for their Coca Cola with mill added.

                1. re: legsdiamond12

                  Fond memories of Jahn's on Rt. 4W, just before the River Road turnoff and 208. Their "Kitchen Sink" was a favorite of groups of kids. No matter how many we showed up with, we barely dented it.
                  Right around the corner on River Road was Kind's Dairy...another ice cream favorite of the locals.