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Nino's Coal Fired Pizza Toms River, NJ anyone been yet?

Tapas, thanx for letting me know Papa's is still open. I am originally from Burg and went there all thru my teen years until I left Trenton. Since your post I am planning a trip up to go just to Papa's. Looking forward to a real Tomato Pie.

Feb 19, 2011
omadthenomad in New Jersey

Nino's Coal Fired Pizza Toms River, NJ anyone been yet?

Gave it a try last Saturday, along with a few friends. Am the "foodie" scout for all my friends and have been wanting to get there since it opened. Some pluses/sad minuses. Upscale prices for less than middle of the road place. Ordered the Caesar salad family style. Dressing watered down but could be good if more consistency. Bread very good, waitress never asked if we wanted more. Baked lasagna & eggplant Parm excellent; overpriced for not even having a small dinner salad. Had to order the Caesar for all. Eggplant Parm served with homemade thin spaghetti that, sadly, was very much overcooked. Bolognese sauce on lasaga outstanding. OK, now for the big minuses - Ordered side order of meatballs, charged $6. and got TWO meatballs. Place is in total disarray. Mgr or wife of owner, don't know which, stands near the area of the brick oven totally disinterested in what is going on and very disheleved. Waitress was tornado in motion. Running everywhere and when did come to table, out of breath, in a hurry and not helpful. (She's the blond with her hair falling forward constantly into food she is carrying and enough eye makeup to be a standin in Burlesque). Place was mix of families, couples, seniors and strays. Pandemonium ensued on both sides of the restaurant. Seemed to be enough waitresses and ours was the only one bouncing off the walls. Most disconcerting and really took way from the experience. My advice, and I try them all, stick to Il Giardinello down the road until this place gets it together. I wish them well as some of their food was excellent.

Jan 31, 2011
omadthenomad in New Jersey

Italian Food in Red Bank, NJ - Dining in Lakehurst & Ft. Dix area too..

Having lived or worked in all those areas, there is much to tell but will cut it down to the best. Lakehurst, La Gondola serves very good lunches/dinners. About 2 miles east on Rt 37 (toward the beach) is Ruby Tuesday's with a great salad bar, into Toms River along the same road, find the intersection of Rt 166, make a jughandle left, go up about 3 miles to Il Giardenello, the best Italian food anywhere in the county (and I have lived in Europe). Red Bank, Thyme Square and a nifty little place called The Pour House on Shrewsbury Ave, very near Ft Monmouth, have American style with pizzazz.
I'm another former DOD employee. Around Ft Dix, let someone direct you to Mastoris Diner in nearby Bordentown and be ready to bring home half of what you order. But the best in that area is to drive up to nearby Trenton for excellent Italian food almost anywhere you go there. Enjoy.

Apr 29, 2007
omadthenomad in Mid-Atlantic