Light Italian Food

Primo Amore offers fresh, quality ingredients prepared to fit today’s healthy lifestyle

Host a Party

Our newly renovated private room holds up to 100 people. Celebrate your next special occasion with us: Rehearsal Dinners, Bridal Showers, Baby Showers, Christenings, Communions, Milestone Birthdays, or Corporate Events


Our new catering menu brings the same Primo Amore quality food to your business or home events


Light Italian

Primo Amore is an Italian restaurant that brings quality, light, healthy Italian food to Northern NJ. Our kitchen offers & labels on our menu gluten free, vegetarian & dairy free selections. In addition to serving amazing Italian food, we are a BYOB restaurant. Primo Amore’s services don’t just stop at the dinner table; our spacious party room comfortably holds up to 100 people. Primo Amore now offers catering as well! Whether you’re in Hawthorne, Glen Rock, Wyckoff, or Franklin Lakes, or other nearby towns, don’t settle when fresh light Italian cuisine is right around the corner. Contact us to schedule a reservation, a party, or catering order near you.

  • Ample Parking
  • BYOB
  • Handicap Accessible


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About Us

Linda and Michael Passaro, owners of Primo Amore, met and fell in love at Northern Highlands Highschool in Allendale, NJ.  Their love lasted on and off over 15 years when they finally reconnected at a Bruce Springsteen concert and decided to spend their lives together.  The blending of their Italian and Greek families, traditions, and culinary roots led to a lasting commitment of 20 years.

Linda’s family owned Greek diners and learned from a young age all the recipes of her food-centric family.  Through her successful corporate marketing career, she journeyed to the culinary kitchens of famous Chefs such as Michael Tusk of San Francisco’s Quince, Michael Anthony’s NYC Gramercy Tavern and Ethan Stowell of Seattle’s Tavolata. Linda partnered with chefs on recipe development and special events. She became an expert in Italian lifestyle products, traveled often to Italy and gained knowledge of the espresso coffee culture, trained by Baristas on the art of espresso. She discovered her dream was to own a restaurant with her family, leaving the corporate life to follow her passion for food, family and entertaining. This led to the opening of Primo in Hawthorne on the border of Glen Rock and Wyckoff. Primo Amore continues to serve quality Italian food as a BYOB restaurant. Read the full story here.

Our Atmosphere

front dinning
Front room
Nighttime dinning
party room


“They graciously accommodated our party of 45 with a reservation when our previously booked venue cancelled on us the night before our event. Their food is delicious, service is spotless, and Linda and Michael were a pleasure to work with!”

-Taken from Google Reviews

I would like to say what a wonderful experience, I had my daughter’s baby shower and was completely reassured by the owner Linda everything would be fine and she would handle. She came up ACES! Between the service and the excellent food, we had a great experience with family and friends. Our servers were friendly and accommodating, The food came spread out, rather than the entrees coming out when still eating the appetizers. A top notch place for parties and also for dinners. Give them a try you won’t be disappointed.

-taken from Yelp reviews

Dinner was delicious and staff were very attentive. BYOB was also a plus. Great location…

-take from Google reviews

I absolutely adore this restaurant! The food is fantastic and the new owners have such a great personality. They attend every guest as if they were their own family. Many local people book their private parties there and well the restaurant does not serve alcohol they do have a BYOB policy. The Bruschetta is to die for simply the freshest Roma tomatoes and onions that I Have ever tasted…

-taken from Google review