I’m Very Excited for Il Nido

With a soft opening last week, and no grand opening to speak of, Marlboro’s newest Italian restaurant has already taken the area by storm. As a member of a food forum, I already know two people who have eaten there and come back with rave reviews…and delectable pictures. Il Nido has burst onto the scene…

Photo of the Day: March 3, 2019

I’ve had a lot of excellent meals at Nonna’s, but this Chicken Giambotta outdoes them all. I asked for extra spicy and they delivered. Tender chicken, a flavorful and spicy sauce, crispy potato chips with rosemary, and tons of hot cherry peppers. I tried to replicate it myself a week later.

Photo of the Day: November 20, 2018

Homemade pizza. I gave up on this a while ago, because my pizzas always came out looking like footballs and having the consistency of a cardboard box. Maybe it was the different treatment of the dough tonight, but the pizza actually came out like pizza. One with half mushroom, half meatball, and the other a…

Food Pics from my Grandma’s 90th Birthday Dinner

My grandma’s 90th birthday was the other day and we ironically took her to Nonna’s (which means “grandma” in Italian) in Englishtown. This is a restaurant which has cranked out quality meals and cocktails without fail every single time I have gone there. Their prices may be on the higher side but the portions are…

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…