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…

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: The Sitting Duck (Long Branch, NJ)

Long Branch and, of course, Asbury Park have hopping restaurant scenes. However, both of these areas are as foreign to me as the landscape of Mars. If this blog is going to get to the next level, this can no longer be so. I am making it my mission to become more familiar with other…

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….

Travel Guide PA: Lily Asian Cuisine (Kennett Square)

We wanted to eat here on our first night in Kennett Square, but the line was so long that we couldn’t even get into the restaurant to give our names. The next night, we went earlier and got in with ease. It was then I realized how remarkable it was for them to be so…

Quick Hits: Zarzuela at Portuguese Manor (Perth Amboy, NJ)

If you care to read why Portuguese Manor is one of the greatest restaurants on earth, then click here. To cut to the chase, keep on reading. In short, I’ve been coming here since I was like 10. There was a good stretch spanning more than a decade when I never had anything there other…