"Located just south of Philadelphia off a nondescript stretch of freeway, Sagami is a destination for diners seeking quality sushi with no frills," reads the capsule review of Collingswood's top sushi spot from this month's issue of Travel and Leisure magazine.
"There is no $500 tasting menu or need to book reservations months in advance at this sushi joint, where the ceilings are low and the lighting dim," wrote reviewer Bao Ong.
The kudos are another feather in the cap for Chef Shigeru Fukuyoshi and his wife, Chizuko, who quietly built a name for themselves years before South Jersey had encountered Japanese food.
Meanwhile across town, Kitchen Consigliere and Sapori told the tale of the vox populi on the recently published Zagat list of the top 10 Italian restaurants in the Philadelphia region.
The two landed at Nos. 8 and 4, respectively, on a list topped by Vetri, the flagship kitchen of chef Marc Vetri, who is bringing his Osteria concept to the newly liquor-licensed Moorestown Mall area.
Earlier this year, Vetri disciple and James Beard Award semi-finalist Joey Baldino won accolades for Zeppoli on Bon Appetit's list of the top 50 new restaurants of 2012.
Congratulations to the fine restaurateurs in town for all their successes.