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…

Photo of the Day: August 11, 2017

A simple chicken parm from my second visit to Nonna’s in Englishtown, New Jersey in the spring of this year. It’s one of the best I’ve ever had. You will note how little sauce there is. Some might take issue with that, but for me, it’s perfect. Less sauce = crispier chicken, and boy was…

Photo of the Day: June 12, 2017

A classic Italian Calabrese at Piero’s in Union Beach, New Jersey. Mozzarella, tomato, prosciutto, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, olives, and pepperoncini. January 2017.

Restaurant Review: Nonna’s Citi Cucina (Englishtown, NJ)

Any restaurant which starts you off with homemade bread this good is okay in my book. I had heard about Nonna’s for years. People rave about them, but that is mainly directed at their family-style dinners. It may be a misconception that family dinners are all that Nonna’s serves. They actually have a full ala carte…

Hunter’s Casual Crusades: Mr. Pizza Slice (Red Bank, NJ)

I finished working a shift that started at 5 a.m. with a hockey game the night before that had me in bed at 2 that morning. Sleep deprived, my buddy texted me asking if I wanted to join him at some pizza place he recently posted about on social media. Uh oh. As we spoke,…

Travel Guide PA: California Pizza Kitchen (Plymouth Meeting)

I don’t usually review chains, but because this is for the Travel Guide, I will make an exception. The other “big mall” in the King of Prussia vicinity is located in Plymouth Meeting (the town we stayed in). It’s much smaller, but gives you additional dining options in terms of well-known chain restaurants. We gave…

Takeout Joints: Pizza/Italian Volume 1

Like the previous Takeout Joints column which focused on Asian food, these restaurants are graded on slightly a different scale (4 stars = great). Unlike the others, though, the following Italian restaurants do have dining rooms. But they are still known for their takeout (Villa is the only one I’ve actually eaten in).

Restaurant Review: Piero’s (Union Beach, NJ)

Piero’s is one of those places I have driven past almost every day for many years. I live less than 10 minutes away, but until two weeks ago, had never been there. We went for my mom’s birthday. My parents had been there once before and wanted to come back. The chef/owner used to be…

Playing the Waiting Game: A Review of La Madona (Matawan, NJ)

There’s waiting and then there’s waiting. We waited at La Madona. The evening went something like this: at 30 minutes: “It’s nice that they don’t rush you out of here.” At 60 minutes: “Wow, this is even longer than fine dining.” At 85 minutes: “Okay, where the hell is the food?” (Or maybe the language…

Restaurant Review: Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge, NJ)

I had driven past Ponte Vecchio in Old Bridge for years but never actually gave it a try until last week. Will was in the mood for seafood and since the place bills itself as a “Seafood Grill”, we figured it was worth a shot. The menu is an eclectic mix for an Italian restaurant. There…