NJ.com's Pete Genovese offers his version of the best Italian (American) restaurants, county by county. It's a good list, with lots to debate. 2825 in Atlantic City, of course. He named it his favorite Italian last year.
In Essex, he likes LuNello, with Fascino and Divina. No fight with that. I'd add Rezza and Sopra.
In Passaic, he likes Bottagra. Like that choice. I've been there a few times, and it has a lot going for it. Very 1950s. Liked Viaggio, as well.
In Morris, he likes Il Mondo Vecchio. OK.
In Bergen, he likes Paisano and Justin's