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.

Photo of the Day: February 13, 2018

The first of three pictures from Nonna’s in Englishtown begins today. As a bread-loving Italian, there is no better way to start off a meal than with a spread like this. Homemade, warm, crusty bread, and a dish with two kinds of olive oil, butter, and tapenade.

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….

Photo of the Day: January 29, 2018

I’d probably weight 50 pounds less if I did not have a love for bread. Who in their right mind could look at that and not want to dive in? Esposito’s Pizza and Pasta, Matawan, NJ.

The Recipe Book: A Taste of Purgatory

Eggs in Purgatory, that is. This is the classic Italian peasant breakfast (and hangover cure) that is remarkably simple to make. I first learned of its existence on an episode of Parts Unknown last season, where Nigella Lawson cooked it for Anthony Bourdain. If you can get your timing right, poaching the egg just enough…

Photo of the Day: December 3, 2017

Isn’t this a beautiful scene here? A sandwich from Taliercio’s with imported prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers, and balsamic vinegar on crusty Italian bread with a glass of Federalist Cabernet.