FAIRFIELD TWP. – A new health food cafe has opened at 16 Little Falls Road, aiming to put some zest into resident’s diets with organic smoothies, fresh juices and vegan baked goods made without gluten or dairy.
Zest opened its doors at its first storefront location on Saturday, March 18.
“I always wanted my own business, my own place,” said Zest owner Luciana Contuzzi. “I just thought this is what I want, I have to do it. I wanted to do this because I love food, and I love nutrition.”
Contuzzi, a 25-year-old business graduate from Seton Hall University, said she wanted to be a business owner and entrepreneur since she was young. She said Zest started out of a commercial kitchen she rented two years ago, and has grown from there.
“I would make baked goods, smoothies and juices and sell them out of local cafes,” said Contuzzi. “Baking is really my thing, and I usually take recipes and tweak them to be gluten and dairy free.”
Contuzzi said she wanted to open her business in Fairfield because she thought the West Essex area was in need of a restaurant that served healthy, nutritious and allergy friendly food.
“Part of why I wanted to open here is because a lot of places around here serve the same kind of food, like delis and pizzerias,” said Contuzzi. “I wanted to start something new, something healthy and convenient for people here.”
The Zest menu features smoothies and juices made with fruit, soy or almond milk, and vegetables. Salads, baked goods, acai berry bowls, and…
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