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La Piazza in Freehold

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Junior OBX Jun 10, 2008 03:13 PM

I recently heard from a friend that La Piazza in Freehold has changed hands. I had a really bad experience 2 years ago and vowed never to go back. The food was OK then, but the service was terrible. My friend however said she recently went there and had a great time. She said the portions were enormous and no one at the table had a complaint (which is rare for that crowd.) I hear it's a little noisy on the weekends, but a great place to go with a group. If anyone has any comments, I would love to hear them.

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  1. Angelina RE: Junior OBX Jun 12, 2008 04:43 AM

    I would like to hear also. I thought that place was 1 step up from a pizzaria. The food was horrible. My friend had a chicken dish over pasta and it was swimming in a sauce that tasted like turkey gravy!

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      RGR RE: Angelina Jun 12, 2008 06:53 AM

      Hey, Angelina,

      I've never heard of this place. Not that I'm aching to know about another awful Italian in our area. lol But where exactly is it located?

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        jsfein RE: RGR Jun 12, 2008 07:54 AM

        Its in Mounts Crossing at the intersection of 537 and Stillwells Corner Road (across from Moore's Tavern). I've been a couple of times having received gift cards to the restaurant. Like Angelina, most things I've seen come out of the kitchen was so oversauced as to make the dish unpleasant. I found most of the food hidden beneath the sauce to be acceptable and would have returned on my own dime but for that problem. I hadn't heard of an ownership change (I always thought the place was associated with Christie's in Howell and Beco's Pizzeria in the same shopping center), but I too would be interested to know if the food has improved as its so close to my home.

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          RGR RE: jsfein Jun 12, 2008 08:02 AM

          jsfein,

          Thanks for the location info and for your take on the food.

          As an old commercial once said, "Le sauce c'est tout!" Translation: It's all about the sauce (but not about over-saucing). lol

          If this place is/was related to Christie's, that would be enough to keep me from going since the one time we had dinner at Christie's, the food was mediocre.

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            angelo04 RE: jsfein Jul 10, 2008 10:25 AM

            jsfein - Sorry to digress, anythoughts on Moore's Tavern, we pass it often enroute to the safari at six flags that my kids are very fond of. Looks like a decent place for a burger and a beer/adult beverage. Your thoughts since you live so close.

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              jsfein RE: angelo04 Jul 11, 2008 06:27 AM

              IMO, the food at Moore's is on par with a TGIF -- passable to stop in with the kids for a quick bite, but not anything to go out of your way for. I always order the same thing when I go -- the pulled pork sandwich and the beer battered onion rings (which are really good). The bar is quite popular with the local soccer moms. There's really not much to choose from on that stretch of Rt. 537. Mahzu in the same strip mall as La Piazza isn't bad for sushi and hibachi.

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                angelo04 RE: jsfein Jul 11, 2008 06:35 AM

                Ah! But you hit on something key for me and my wife, a passable pulled pork sandwich. Duly noted, thanks for the tip.

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        p314n RE: Junior OBX Jul 6, 2008 07:00 PM

        we've gone there for holiday events and family get togethers and are more than pleased each time we go. service was friendly and professional and food was decently prepared. overall, a great choice for a byob

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