Photo of the Day: September 17, 2018

Remembering Matawan’s Trattoria Rustica, which recently went out of business after a multi-decade run. This was one of my favorite meals here, Chicken Ravello. It was a large dish containing three chicken breasts over penne pasts in marsala wine sauce. Then topped with asparagus and roasted red peppers. Going to miss this place!

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…

Photo of the Day: August 10, 2018

A killer pasta dish my friend Walter cooked for Justin and I. Angel hair with Alfredo sauce with broiled bay scallops mixed in after the scallops had been covered in garlic-herb butter and Gruyere cheese.

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…

Upcoming PA Posts from Adamstown, Reading, Kutztown, and Bethlehem

Aside from the regularly scheduled “Photo of the Day” posts, the next 10 or so reviews and write-ups are going to be from my recent trip to Pennsylvania. In the last few days, I visited some new places and during that span hit up eight different restaurants. There are reviews of those coming as well…

Photo of the Day: June 25, 2018

I’ve yet to review Gianni’s Italian Specialty Foods in Atlantic Highlands, but they make an excellent baked ziti slice.

Photo of the Day: May 21, 2018

The first time this 26 year old Italian had ever eaten veal was last month, and it was delicious. Served here Picatta style at Nonna’s.

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!

Photo of the Day: March 16, 2018

A literal mountain of breaded eggplant, ready for frying before becoming Eggplant Parmesan. Going with a higher percentage of Panko to the usual Italian seasoned breadcrumbs is the key. Less sodium, more crunch.