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Dec 5, 2007 10:50 AM

Atavola Old Bridge

Thought this palce was pretty good. Haven't been there in some time though and after positive reviews on C.H. I heard it went down hill. Despite the rumor, Was thinking about ordering take out, went to there site and looks like a new menu and I don't recognize anyone in the picture on the site. Anyone know if there are new owners? I think I liked the previous menu better, this menu looks run of the mill, nothing out of the ordinary.

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  1. I agree that the photo on the website looks like a new crew, but I haven't been to Atavola enough to know for sure. I seem to recall that the website used to have a bio on the owner/chef that no longer seems to exist. Also not sure about the menu, but a dish I had the two times I have eaten at Atavola -- Chicken Scarpellini -- is still on the menu.

    1. I think you are right, Angelo. The menu is different..very BASIC and blah...also....last time I was there they did not open for lunch. (this was in the summer.) I definately think someone else bought the place. Probably why I alsys see those cheesy coupons in the Asbury Park Press every weekend.

      1. We were there with some friends about six weeks ago and the general consensus was that the place is a pass.

        Mushy shrimp, overcooked steak, tasteless vegetables and unforutnately I could go on.

        We were so unhappy we all ended up going to the Dunkin Donuts across Rt 9 afterwards - bleh!

        1. The original chef at Atavola, Claudette, left in September. She cooks at a new restaurant in the Grand Victorian Hotel in Spring Lake. The name of the restaurant is Vivere.

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          1. re: mylove1

            Any good??? or is it a'la chicken parm...and a'la veal marsala?

            1. re: Angelina

              ive been there a few times since Claudette has been down. Her creations are outstanding. Its not your run of the mill italian. She has fused it with some Meditanean. Fresh fish, incredible pastas and meats. The restaurant is open friday and saturday night 5-10 during winter. Check it out.

              1. re: mylove1

                Claudette is very talented. I would like to check out her new gig, I don't think she would dissapoint.

                  1. re: shorebilly

                    Could be those are winter hours, and the restaurant is open all week during the summer? I found their website. Menu looks like it's brunch.


                    1. re: RGR

                      The menu on the link above seems to be just breakfast/lunch fare. Has anyone been to Vivere for dinner? Any feedback?

                      1. re: bnemes3343

                        the dinner menu isnt on the website yet. there isnt a set menu until the spring. claudette is doing a huge selections of specials for dinner in the winter. she will also make things that arent mentioned in the evenings specials as long as she has the ingrediants. she is still fantastic !

                1. re: Barbarella

                  Grand Victorian @ Spring Lake
                  1505 Ocean Avenue
                  Spring Lake, NJ 07762
                  Phone: 732-449-5327

                  We've enjoyed every visit, brunch, dinner & parties.

                  1. re: HillJ

                    Still only open on the weekends for dinner (+ Val. day this week), but will be open more days later in the season; not sure when.

              2. Realizing this thread is old, Atavola was great.....when it was owned by Claudette who has since opened Via 45. Atavola has finally closed. The food was mediocre since Claudette sold it. A new place is opening the name escapes me Tre Something or other. But don't get too excited, they "specialize" in Italian, Portugese and Mexican. I say Do one thing and do it well. I won't even give it a try. I wish them well, but I don't the concept working.