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Cliffside Park Market Puts Armenian Twist On Pizza

Lahmajoon (or "Armenian Pizza") is typically served as individually-sized pies. Daily Voice reporter Arthur Augustyn claims one as his own.
Lahmajoon (or "Armenian Pizza") is typically served as individually-sized pies. Daily Voice reporter Arthur Augustyn claims one as his own. Photo Credit: Arthur Augustyn
Arenie's Manager Kamila Delponte with the chefs and cooking staff.
Arenie's Manager Kamila Delponte with the chefs and cooking staff. Photo Credit: Arthur Augustyn
The owners of Arenie import goods specifically from Armenia, as opposed to surrounding regions (such as Turkey) that offer similar goods. All the products in the store are authentic to Armenian styles.
The owners of Arenie import goods specifically from Armenia, as opposed to surrounding regions (such as Turkey) that offer similar goods. All the products in the store are authentic to Armenian styles. Photo Credit: Arthur Augustyn
Armenian style coffee is thick and grainy, typically served piping hot in a small cup. Arenie also offers a variety of pastries that use pistachios or walnuts as the centerpiece.
Armenian style coffee is thick and grainy, typically served piping hot in a small cup. Arenie also offers a variety of pastries that use pistachios or walnuts as the centerpiece. Photo Credit: Arthur Augustyn

CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. — Like many places across New Jersey, Arenie in Cliffside Park sells a lot of pizza. But it's far from the traditional cheese and sauce you might be used to.

Primarily comprised of ground beef and spices, Lahmajoon is what's known as "Armenian Pizza." It's the most popular item for the Armenian Market.

Arenie specializes in authentic Armenian foods. Going so far to import many of their items from Armenia.

"It’s rare that there are Armenian imports. There’s some from Turkey or the region but not Armenia itself," manager Kamila Delponte said.

The dedication to authentic goods means the market has many unique items and many dedicated customers.

"When they know it’s an Armenian store with Armenian owners they prefer to shop here," Delponte said.

She continued to say that some customers come from Rockland county or New York City just for their items.

Arenie is located at 575 Anderson Avenue in Cliffside Park.

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