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…

Photo of the Day: August 31, 2018

On this last day of August, I think back to an absolutely perfect picnic I had on Sandy Hook just last week. Justin and I walked out to the tip of the hook and noticed a piece of a broken dock that had floated in and rested perfectly on the sand. We returned the next…

Photo of the Day: January 3, 2018

This feast was devoured on the day where I weighed myself this past fall and discovered that I had dropped 22 pounds. Don’t worry…I had help.

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.

Photo of the Day: November 27, 2017

I was never a fan of Bertucci’s, but this brick-oven pizza topped with prosciutto, caramelized onions, and Pecorino Romano cheese helped to sway my opinion. It was the perfect white-style pizza. A delicious combination of salty, creamy, and savory.

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,…

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…

Takeout Joints Vol. 3: Pizza/Italian (Part 2)

Following the first part of my “Takeout Joints” column, here are three more pizzerias and Italian restaurants in my area. They each offer something different, from a special crust to childhood memories, and finally some wild and wacky slices you will not find anywhere else. Esposito’s Pizza and Pasta (Matawan) Three words: sesame seed crust. Without…

Travel Guide CT: City Steam Brewery (Hartford)

Irish Nachos. You know you want some. When a place advertises that even their hamburger buns are made in-house, you know you’re probably going to get an above average dining experience. Brew-pubs are really hit or miss, at least the ones I’ve been to. There are places that just throw a menu of average food…

The Recipe Book: Awesome Bacon-Bourbon Brussels Sprouts

Since people are starting to compile their Thanksgiving recipes, I figured I would share this one. Brussels Sprouts have always gotten a bad wrap. I do not know why. Yes, they are like little cabbages and they don’t smell too great when being steamed, but if cooked the right way, a whole world of flavor can…