Takeout Joints Vol. 9: Pizza/Italian Part 5

Villa Pizza (Middletown) Still searching for pizzeria food that is better than just average, we landed on Villa in Middletown. This being different from the copious amounts of Villas in the area. Last year they celebrated their 30th anniversary. The inside bears some remnants of the times. The menu board is vintage. There is an…

Two Reviews from The Market at Liberty Place (Kennett Square, PA)

The Market at Liberty Place reminded me of a scaled-down version of New Hope’s Ferry Market. You walk into an industrial-like setting and are met with a circular concourse of food stands (both savory and for dessert), a tasting stand for a winery, and plenty of tables and chairs. The selection was not quite as…

Takeout Joints Vol. 7: Pizza/Italian Part 4

Salerno’s Pizza (Hazlet) Nothing outstanding here, but in a sea of mediocrity they do stand out a cut above. Their buffalo chicken pan pizza was absolutely perfect. Too much chicken for its own good, but did not fall apart. The crust off their pan pizza is good enough to eat on its own as breadsticks….

Restaurant Review: La Cipollina (Freehold, NJ)

I opened the menu to see the following inscription on the bottom of one of the pages: “We ask that you refrain from cell phone use unless you are instagramming or facebooking our delicious cuisine.” As an avid food blogger (I despise the term “foodie” as you know), this was license to go crazy with pictures…

Restaurant Review: Procopio’s (Denver, PA)

We started our Pennsylvania road trip through Adamstown, Kutztown, and Bethlehem with a stop for some antiquing in the “Antique Capital of the USA”. On the way there, we noticed a little Italian restaurant called Procopio’s on the side of the road. Justin and I were both hungry but just not digging diner food. It…

Takeout Joints Vol. 5: Italian and Asian

The first installments of this column have been broken down separately into pizza/Italian and Chinese/Asian. Because I’ve slowed down a little bit on the takeout lately, I am going to combine the two for Volume 3. Below we have one of each, and my, how vastly different they were in quality!

Restaurant Review: J.J. Bitting Brewing Company (Woodbridge, NJ)

Where do you go when you have a craving for quesadillas? Why, the J.J. Bitting Brewing Company, of course! All kidding aside, this was the first time I had eaten here in over two years. When I worked in Perth Amboy once upon a time ago, coworkers and I were here at least once a month….

Updating Esposito’s Pizza and Pasta (Matawan, NJ)

When I first reviewed Esposito’s, it was part of a Takeout Joints column for pizza and Italian food. I only ate there once before this past week. It was good, but I did not remember much. Most encounters here have been takeout, notably their award-winning sesame seed crust pizza. But a couple of days ago,…

Restaurant Review: Taliercio’s Ultimate Gourmet (Red Bank, NJ)

If there was ever a place that belonged on some kind of Food Network or Travel Channel show in this area, it would be Taliercio’s Ultimate Gourmet in Red Bank. Part deli, part restaurant, part Italian market, there are just too many decisions to be made the moment you walk in the door. I admit,…

Do You Remember…Cafe Pasta (Staten Island, NY)

Why do certain restaurants pop into our heads? Ones that we are fond of, and some we wish we had still forgotten. That’s where this series comes in. It’s not quite in the “Restaurants We Miss” territory. These are just the places worthy of a quick reminisce, or maybe because I cannot remember enough about…