The Showcase Magazine - Salutes

By Lauren Holstein

Are you on a mission for a healthier, more transparent lifestyle but still have a need to feed that sweet tooth? Then you’re going to go bananas over Frutta Bowls in Warren! Frutta Bowls, which opened in May, specializes in Açai bowls, Pitaya bowls, Kale bowls, toast, hot oatmeal bowls, and smoothies. Located in the Pheasant Run Plaza, they serve up delicious, healthy, and customizable alternatives to add to your daily routine.

The very first Frutta Bowls was established in 2016 when CEO, Brooke Gagliano, went to California and saw the concept of the Açai Bowl. Açai bowls are smoothies in a bowl commonly topped with granola and banana and then mixed with other fruits and guaraná syrup. Having spent her college career focused on health, wellness, and sports, Brooke was able to use the Acai Bowl as a way to pursue those interests and launch Frutta Bowls in several franchised New Jersey locations.

Owner Nicholas Netta, Watchung Hills Regional High School Alum, is proud to open a family owned business in his own community. “It’s an amazing experience to be able to open my own business in my hometown,” says Netta. With a passion for health and wellness and having sensed the lack of healthy food options in the community, Netta thought Frutta Bowls would be the perfect addition to the area.

Frutta Bowls serves 18 different bowls as well as a variety of smoothies. The bowl bases are Açai, Pitaya, Kale or Oatmeal. From there, customers then choose a variety of toppings such as granola, strawberry, pineapple, kiwi, Nutella, peanut butter, honey, or coconut flakes. “The Muscle-up bowl is my personal favorite because the Açai contains chocolate whey protein which is ideal for recovery from the gym,” says Netta.

The fall menu will keep you feeling toasty as the cold weather rushes in, with Frutta Bowl’s newest addition to their menu: toast! Some toast combinations include Nutella and strawberry, or peanut butter and bananas. They also recently added organic coffee to the menu. They offer gluten free, soy, and dairy free options as well!

While all guests are welcome to sit in the Frutta Bowl lounge, take out, order for delivery and catering is also an option. Let Frutta Bowls cater to your needs and come up with a personalized option to make your event a success! Together they can help you pre-design platters for a special event.

Each Frutta Bowls franchise strives to get to know the surrounding community on a deeper level, creating relationships and focusing on giving back. The Warren location’s vibrant designs and chalkboard walls have been part of making Frutta Bowls a welcoming space. With the spirit of health and wellness, along with free Wi-Fi, it’s become a great healthy hangout for high schoolers.

At Frutta Bowls, their variety of fine and fresh ingredients are endless but guaranteed to be delicious. So, don’t be afraid to indulge and layer your bowl to perfection!

Frutta Bowls is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 9 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 10 PM to 7 PM.