Gregory Kay and Ronnie Vojka, owners of Fabio’s Bistro on South Avenue in Fanwood, believe in more than just serving a good pizza or a plate of chicken parmesan. “Our recipes are made with love,” says Greg. “It’s a place where friends become family.”
In business for seven years, the casual, homey atmosphere makes it a fun place to hang out, eat delicious food, and have great conversations with family and friends. Or, walk in to pick up some takeout and be greeted by a warm and friendly staff who will often greet you by name.
“I want to believe Fabio’s stands out because of the quality of food, the quantity of food and the people customers meet while dining here,” he says. “We use the finest of ingredients in all of our menu items, and take pride in our dishes so we won’t change our flavor. Our pizza is a big hit - we make several different styles. In 2023, we were voted #1 on the Slice app in the country which consisted of over 18,000 pizzerias.”
The amazing pizza varieties include the Thin Crust Brooklyn Square pie, a Broccoli, Zucchini and Mushroom pizza, a Margarita and Fresh Mozzarella, a Buffalo Chicken and a Taco pizza. There’s even a gluten-free option for those who desire.
For dinner, start off with some mouth-watering appetizers such as the fresh and flavorful Bruschetta, Sweet Mussels Marinara, Hot Fried Calamari, or Meat Rice Balls. Then, move on to the entrees which range from the traditional Fettuccine Alfredo and Chicken Marsala to an Italian Surf and Turf and Shrimp Oreganata. Meat lovers and vegetarians alike will find many things to love about the menu. And bring the kids – there’s a great children’s menu with all their favorites.
Of course, there are also salads, soups, hot and cold subs, wraps, calzones, stromboli, chicken fingers and so much more available. You’ll never be disappointed in the number of options.
Fabio’s is also a wonderful local place to hold small celebrations such as birthday parties, graduation celebrations, and anniversaries. “In the summer, we also have outdoor seating which enables us to have a few more guests,” says Greg. And, if you’re having a private party at home or a large event at a venue, Fabio’s Bistro can provide catering for those affairs too.
Feedback from customers has always been very positive, but if anyone does express a concern, Greg and Ronnie will do their best to make things right. “We take their input to heart because ultimately that’s what keeps us going,” says Greg. “What makes owning a business in Fanwood special is that Fanwood and Scotch Plains are really remarkable towns. They are smaller in size and families are involved in local events, organizations and town happenings. Everyone seems to know everyone.”
He and Ronnie also enjoy speaking and keeping in touch with the people who keep the towns operating, such as those in the town hall, local dignitaries, and mayors, and those who ensure the safety of the community like the police officials and officers, fire chiefs and firefighters, and EMTs.
“Everyone is always stopping in and checking on us,” says Greg. “Anytime we need anything, we know we’re a phone call away from assistance or direction. It doesn’t get better than that.”
The Bistro is also a big believer in giving back. “We try to be involved with the community as much as possible and support Scotch Plains/ Fanwood’s organizations, events and teams,” he says. “We know the hard work our local clubs, sport teams and organizations put in to make our town even better.
“We get approached by many and do as much as possible to make everyone happy. Since all of our customers are like family to us, we do all we can to help them out. We love doing for our community - our community is our family.”
He and Ronnie also help feed veterans on an ongoing basis. “Since they opened their doors, Fabio’s has provided ongoing support to these brave men and women, and because many of them experience food insecurity, it’s a lifeline and a safety net,” says veterans advocate, Steve Hackenberg. “Ronnie and Greg, and the customers who put their dollars into the donation jar, have made a tremendous impact in these veterans’ lives.”
The owners are very excited for the future and have big plans in the works. “We’ve purchased the former Sheelen’s Crossing [located right across the street],” says Greg. “Because of the support from the community, we’ve outgrown our footprint at our current location. We have been planning this for some time and now it’s time to make it happen.” They hope to have the new location up and running by December 2024.
To revisit, discover and enjoy all that Fabio’s Bistro has to offer, go to FabiosBistroMenu.com, call (908) 274-2038 or order on the Slice app. Whether you dine in, take out, or have it delivered, you’ll be in for a real treat.