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Cafe Calore in Freehold

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It's funny but even though this restaurant has been open quite awhile and its only minutes from my home, we have never been there. Last night on a whim, dh wanted to try it. We walked in around 5 with no reservations and the host mentioned that we were just making it because had we waited, there wold be no tables available. Anyway, long story short, we have a wonderful meal there. We shared a butternut squash rissoto with pears, fontina cheese that was topped with amaretti cookies. Divine. I had veal and sage ravioli that was blended with mushrooms, spinach and sauced with a demi glaze. DH had these special ribs with home made potato chips and coleslaw. I can't believe I've been missing out all these years...we will be back.

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  1. We use to go there about 10 years ago and always liked the place, but it fell off our radar screen. Nice to know they are still around and doing a good job. Really not a lot of decent Italian restaurants in central Jersey and based on your comments we will give them a try again. Thanks for sharing your expeience.

    1. Funny that you're posting about Cafe Calore. They have a huge billboard along Route 9, and when I passed it the other day, I thought about trying it again. I say "again" because, like Jerzey Shore, we ate there a couple of times many years ago. While the food was quite good, the problem was that smoking was still permitted, and even though they had a section for non-smokers, it was not totally separate, so we stopped going. Obviously, that would not be a hindrance now. Based on your report, it does sound as though it's definitely worth another try.

      1. I went to Cafe Calore Freehold NJ today for lunch. (It is open for lunch even though the signs on the door says otherwise) I had a wonderful appetizer, Tuscan Rolls, sausage, escarole. white beans, and ricotta, deep fried in a crispy pasta wrap with a balsamic fig sauce - Yummy Ying Yang. Also had a fresh grilled shrimp and arugula salad with provolone, red peppers and artichokes. Very happy lunch. Large Dining Room, Good background Music, Nice staff. Worth a visit!

        1. hmmm, I gotta go back. like other posters here it's been years since I ate there. Still can remember the taste of the Tuscan Chicken special that night - mmmm.

          1. Where is this located in Freehold? Sounds like we should add this to our "try soon list"

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            1. re: tuxedo

              Its located in the same strip mall as my way bakery...right before Perkins on rt. 9 north. You will need reservations for weekends though.