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Sep 1, 2000 09:44 AM

a restaurant deep in south Jersey ??

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Help, please ! The NY Times Mag did a piece in their food column this past May or June about a (locally) famous restaurant, deep in south Jersey, near the
shore and the Pine Barrens. They described how it's an informal, family-owned Italian place famous for their pasta dishes with blue crab. (Does this ring a bell
yet ?) I'm going to be in that area this weekend and I can't find the name/location of the place anywhere. I've searched the NY Times archive online, but perhaps
I've missed it.

If anyone can help, pronto, it would be appreciated.



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  1. Not to be TOO cranky but I posted a response to you yesterday on the Tristate Board on this same request.

    A link to my response is below - hope you get back to us about this restaurant if you visit it - it sounds like a winner.


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    1. re: jen kalb

      The Riverview Inn, Pennsville, in the past several months has improved both its food and service tremendously. Together with big windows overlooking the Delaware River just below the Del Mem Bridge, and moderately reasonable prices, the place is well worth a side trip these days (my mother lives in Salem so I'm always in search of good places.)
      Another good bet: The Old Swede's Inn, Swedesboro, in an old hotel. Surprisingly good food.

    2. I have two "guesses" for you.

      1. La Familia Sonsini
      2. Giumarellos - in Westmont

      1. There's some place I heard about down in the pines area that has the word Maplewood in the name, and their sign says they have the best meatballs in New Jersey or something to that effect. It was somewhere in the vicinity of 206, I think. That is sooooo unhelpful, I know. I've heard people rave about it, but I can't remember who for the life of me. Again - entirely unhelpful.

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        1. re: Heatherb

          You’re right. Its Joe’s Maplewood Inn located in Hammonton, NJ. . They’re sort of on the way to or from Atlantic City. Friends of ours took us there on the way home from AC a couple of years ago. As I recall they’re noted for their Italian seafood like shrimp scampi, etc. I think I had the “Uncle Nino” which as I recall was pretty good.

          1. re: Heatherb

            We go to the Maplewood IV (AKA Joe Italiano's) on the Black Horse Pike in Mays Landing. The absolute must have dish is called "Cousins" - it's lobster and crab meat in a white wine/butter broth - to die for. They give you a choice of home-made or imported pasta - you'll definitely need a doggie bag. The place isn't much on atmosphere, but that's part of its charm.

            1. re: Heatherb

              I might be in the minority here, but I dont like the maplewood. I went there once and wasn't very impressed. The homemade pasta was ok, but just ok. The atmosphere is non existent, and the whole place looked like it could use a good cleaning. In South Jersey you can definitely find a better Italian restaurant.

                1. re: nightflower

                  I was going to respond to this thread, but I realized that IT'S 9 YEARS OLD!!!
                  Original posting was in 2000!! I can't believe I didn't notice it until now. I didn't even know chowhound was around back then!

                  1. re: mschow

                    WHAT a laugh!!!! I was reading to reply as well.

                    i have lived in "south" NJ almost all my life. Now "south' can be sorta defined as "hips" on down in NJ. (hey...NJ does have a waist! check the map!). BUt coastal (and still pine barrens) and Philly side (and still pine barrens) are way not the same!