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World Premiere Set For Documentary On Beloved Closter Pizza Parlor

Rudy's Restaurant in Closter is featured in a documentary.
Rudy's Restaurant in Closter is featured in a documentary. Photo Credit: Rudy's

CLOSTER, N.J. — A documentary featuring a popular Closter pizza parlor is making its world premier at the Golden Door International Film Festival on Oct. 6.

"Pizza Shop: An Italian-American Dream," is Antony Osso’s documentary film chronicling his family’s immigrant experience and their 40-year run owning Rudy's Restaurant, one of Bergen’s County’s most beloved restaurants.

The documentary was completed this spring, after shooting for 10 days between July 2015 and May 2016, in New Jersey and Calabria, Italy. 

It explores brothers Charlie and Fred Osso’s emigration from poverty-stricken southern Italy in the early 1960s, the journey from odd jobs to owning a successful restaurant, and the inner workings that lead to the delicious pizza and Italian food for which they’re known.

"When I first started making the film, my intention was to celebrate a community institution: my father and uncle's pizzeria, which has been feeding families for decades," Osso explained. 

"But when I looked at the footage more closely, I found a more vital story: I saw the trail of an immigrant experience marked by isolation, sacrifice, doubt and courage, and a success borne of hard work, tireless self-discipline, and optimism. 

"I saw the American Dream realized."


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