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Franco's Metro Vies For Top Spot In DVlicious 'Best Soup' Contest

Gene Bazzarelli, general manager of Franco's Metro, with two of his kitchen staff. Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia
A cup of pasta fagioli, Franco's most popular Italian soup and Gene Bazzarelli's personal favorite. Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia
Straciatelli soup, one of the most complex to make, according to General Manager Gene Bazzarelli, Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia
From left: Straciatelli soup, chicken soup, pasta fagioli and lentil. Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia
Franco's staff take time out to socialize in the pleasantly appointed dining room. Rear center, Gene Bazzarelli. Photo Credit: Franco's Metro

FORT LEE, N.J. -- From soothing chicken noodle to rich tomato, soup is one dish that never disappoints.

Poll
Who Has The Best Soup In Bergen County?
Final Results Voting Closed

Who Has The Best Soup In Bergen County?

  • Allendale Eats, Allendale
    26%
  • Franco's Metro, Fort Lee
    34%
  • The Kosher Nosh Deli, Glen Rock
    5%
  • The Best Of Everything, Ridgewood
    1%
  • The Barn, Closter
    33%

We asked for your top picks for our DVlicious “Best Soup in Bergen County” contest and whittled it down to five finalists. Each is being profiled this week with the winner selected Monday, Feb. 22. Here’s a “bowl-ful” rundown on one of them.

Franco’s Metro, 1475 Bergen Blvd., Fort Lee, (201) 461-6651

Number of Soups Offered: At least eight a day plus weekly specials. The "usuals" include pasta fagioli, chicken soup, lentil, minestrone, straciatellli, tortellini & escarole, escarole & bean, and Italian wedding. Special soups of the week include asparagus and creamy shrimp bisque.

Worth Dishing About: The base of each soup is the restaurant’s own, home-style chicken stock, which they make in large quantities. Chicken soup is the most popular. Gene Bazzarelli, the general manager and son of the founders (the restaurant dates back to 1972) says on a cold day they’ll sell three gallons of chicken soup alone.

Pasta fagioli is the most popular Italian-style soup, and Bazzarelli's favorite.

The restaurant is also known for delicious thin crust pizza in almost any combination, as well as fine Italian cooking for lunch and dinner.

Click HERE to vote for your slurp-worthy favorite.

Remember, you can vote multiple times, though only once per day.

Voting ends Monday, Feb. 22 at 5 p.m.

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