La Cipollina's in Freehold
I've been there about 4 times, twice with one of those entertainment cards and twice without.
When you factor in the entertainment coupon it's a pretty good deal, but for full price the place isn't really worth it.
Their food is decent, but their service is really weird. They have all these people awkwardly dressed in tuxedos who either strike me like used car salesmen or kids who don't know much about the food they're serving.
The last two times I went we also experienced some weird billing issues where they attempted to either overcharge us or not accept a coupon they had issued.
I probably won't go there again on my own dime.
My in-laws use La Cipollina's for ALL their events lately.
Last time I was there was Christmas Eve. The time before that was for a baby shower in October 07. The time before that was for an after funeral lunch in September 06.
Christmas Eve was a family dinner and we were the only ones in the restaurant. It took FOREVER to get our food. The food, however, was good. I just found the slow service unacceptable. Maybe they thought we wanted to take our time. But we were STARVING.
The events they do there are nice. The baby shower had a lot of food and it was really good. They also did a good job after the funeral. They were unobtrusive, the food was served quickly and quietly, and the food was good.
All in all, I'd say maybe the food has picked up in quality, but the service for dinners is still questionable.
The wife and I use to be regulars, about once a month, about 10 years ago at La Cipollina's. They had the best steak money could buy in central Jersey. Broiled Italian style it was absolutely delicious and the best cut of prime beef. The service was exceptional as well, they had an excellent reputation and it was well deserved.
Then for some unknown reason the food fell off in quality and the service just became acceptable. We continuned to go there for a period of time then gave up. With all the great places in the area we have never been inclined to give them a try again.
That said if you do give them a try please let the CH know how you like the place in this day and age.
Went there about a year ago...the food is fine, but we had terrible service. Our waiter fawned over some regulars and totally ignored us. Dinner took forever. The ironic thing was that we had gone one previous time and had such good service that it made us decide to go back.
They actually have a good prix fix dinner deal...it's BYOB so it is very reasonable.