Anthony P. Sambogna

anthony sambogna

May 6, 1939 ~ November 3, 2019

Sambogna, Anthony P. “Willie” , age 80, a life-long resident of Palisades Park, NJ, passed on November 3, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. A restaurateur by nature he owned several bars and restaurants including: Miro’s, Shanty, Sam’s Speakeasy, The Wine Cellar, The Thousand Oaks and his most memorable East Street Café of Palisades Park, known for their famous wings, salad, Swiss Barge, and NY Shrimp. His “Pizza Zune” was acknowledged by Pizza Hut as the first stuff crust Pizza by then Pizza Hut President Allen Housten. Willie was a two-term Palisades Park Councilman (1974- 1980) during that time he served as the Finance Chairman. Willie was a very adventurous person and loved to travel. Traveling with his wife, children and grandchildren throughout the USA and Europe was one of his greatest pleasures. Beloved husband of 58 years to Nancy (nee: Frontera). Devoted father of Carla Magner and her husband Jesse, Francine Garth and her husband Joey, Nancy Ann Sambogna and her companion Donald Balestri and the late Anthony Sambogna and his wife Shelli. Cherished “Papa” of Nicole, Jessica, Michael, Devin, Christopher, and Danielle. Dear brother of Mary Gallo, Al, and Peter Sambogna, Pre-deceased by sisters Victoria Byrne, Rose Vukusich and brothers Carl, Nicholas and John Sambogna. The family will receive their friends on Thursday from 3-8 pm at the Frank A Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home 327 Main Street “opposite the Fort Lee library.” The funeral will leave Friday 11:00 AM for the celebration of his funeral mass in St. Nicholas R.C. Church (Palisades Park) at 11:30 AM. Entombment to follow at Madonna Mausoleum. For further information call (201) 944-0100 or


Visitation at Funeral Home: November 7, 2019 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Funeral Service: November 8, 2019 11:30 am

St. Nicholas R.C. Church
442 E.Brinkerhoff Avenue
Palisades Park, NJ 07650

Final Resting Place:

Madonna Mausoleum
2070 Hoefleys Lane
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

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  1. Willie was a great guy who had an infectious laugh. I worked for him at the "Thousand Oaks" back in the 70's when he taught me how to survive going to "Shermans" in Harlem (the only rib joint with bulletproof serving windows) at 4am for ribs. Many good times up into the 90's at "East Street" with our mutual friend Matt DeSotto. He recently sent me his secret recipe for his famous "Swiss Barge".
    Sincerest Sympathy to Nancy and the entire family.

    Rest in Peace, my friend. You are indeed in a better place.

    John & Kathy Pickel.

  2. Dear Nancy and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Anthony's passing. He always made me smile. I'll always treasure all the good times we had down here in Naples. He is truly irreplaceable.
    Sending prayers,
    Vincent Cozzi

  3. When I think of Willie, I think of him as a smart businessman, politician and a beautiful guy who was loved and respected by so many. He captured the heart of my dear friend, Nancy Frontera close to 60 years ago. They've been married for 58 years and had beautiful children together. I offer Nancy and her children and grandchildren my deepest condolences. Deepest sympathy and condolences to Willie's siblings and the rest of the family as well.
    With love and sympathy,
    Ellie Clinton Issa,
    Las Vegas, Nevada

  4. Dear Nancy and family,
    It was with deep sadness reading of Willie’s passing. When I was a young man and a new resident of Palisades Park, Willie took the time to be my friend, to help me, the kid .. out.
    I remember when He and Nancy were building East Street, I often helped wheel barrel broken concrete to the curb. I spent loads of time in East Street, it was right across the street from where I worked. Willie was bigger than life to me then. We all had great times there. He will sadly be missed but never forgotten…
    Angelo Mania

  5. Dear Nancy and family,We are so sorry to hear about Willie's passing.When Joe met your daughter in Englewood Hospital he wanted to see Willie,but she said no.I was in the hospital so I could not attend.Joe and I will always know what time of year it was.The phone would ring and Willie would be calling in regards to the current year's candidates.We especially enjoyed dinner together with you and Willie.I will be in tough with you soon.
    Fondly,Joe and Carol Ferguson

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