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Dec 5, 2008 07:36 AM

Tre Amici ~ Long Branch

Can anyone comment on this place for me? Thanks so much!

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  1. i wonder if its related to due amici in brielle

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    1. re: boodie1821


      The Chef has a mighty fine resume though, having trained with the likes of Andre Soltner and Charlie Palmer....

      1. re: boodie1821

        This one in Long Branch seems to have 1 more friend than the one in Brielle. (ha ha...I could'nt resist!! I know, bad joke!)

      2. Ah, Angelina! Still searching for the seemingly unattainable. lol

        Frankly, just one look at the dessert menu tells me pretty much all I need to know about this place -- ordinary. Elegant setting? No one with any decorating sense would ever choose those ugly chairs. They're standard issue in too many sub-standard Italian spots.

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        1. re: RGR

          Those chairs are left over from the previous owners, they weren't chosen by anyone involved with the current establishment.

          Luckily I don have a particularly sweet tooth, so Dessert is really not an issue to me.

          1. re: RGR

            too funny, RGR! I know...I am trying. My sister asked me about this place because she drives by it all the time. She is a snob like me, so she does not like going to these Italian-American same menu type places either, but when I looked up the site, and like equal Mark said, the chef's resume looks pretty good.

            That is why I am asking here. I was hysterical reading your post on those chairs!! My first thought on that hideous color scheme was, "O.k. I see the coral, where is the seafoam green?" So 80's!!! I remember my Aunt having carpet with those colors and it having swivels in it to for a tree or some crazy Miami Vice looking carpet.

            Anyway, I am not running out to this place in no hurry.

            1. re: Angelina

              I'm guessing this is the old Picolo Forno.Personally,the decor and Fri. night "Event" are enough to make me drive in the opposite direction.Is there anything that would raise a tired eyebrow on this menu?You would hope for something a little more creative and inspiring from a seemingly talented young chef who had escaped the confines and constaints of a classic Hoboken repertoire.There are more cliches on this menu than a Sopranos Christmas Box set.
              I'm sure they'll do very well.

              1. re: xny556cip

                xny you are funny!! When I saw "Sinatra night" it reminded me of my days of having dinner at La Tavola in Bay Ridge, then hitting up Club Turquoise after. Of course my hair was nice and BIG all around, and had to be wearing at least 5 llbs of gold. :)

                SO when I saw what goes on at this restaurant on a Friday, I celarly knew to steer clear...just as I think I am going to do on the other nights as well.

                1. re: Angelina

                  tooj funny Angelina. I spent many a night at La Tavola. It was certainly a scene back in the day!

                  Mid Atlantic content: La Tavola's owner was at Bacchus before it became Teak, then bought Sogno...not sure if they sitll own it or not.

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            1. Sorry to dredge old news. When did this place open? What happened to Picolo Forno? And more importantly why am I the last to know of these things? Although, I was one of the first to witness old Ranoosh burning down ... sad.
              Has anyone mustered the courage to enter this place and try the food? Not sure how well they will do ... a non-kosher restaurant in an orthodox Jewish area.

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              1. re: tom porc

                When, exactly, did West End become an orthodox Jewish area? Is the Windmill kosher now?

                1. re: equal_Mark

                  The Jewish residents from Deal, West Long Branch and Elberon have been visiting West End for some time now. Many live in the condos and townhouses in town. The restaurant across the street from Tre Amici is kosher. Even the Lebanese restaurant (before it burned down) changed to kosher. There's a few more restaurants and delis but I forgot their names at the moment. The Foodtown has a large kosher inventory with a Rabbi available.
                  As for the Windmill, no their hotdogs (Sabrett) still contain pork.

                  1. re: equal_Mark

                    I lived there in 1989 and it was obvious back then that the area was frequented by many Jewish settlers.However they did nothing to improve the quality of the food in the area.

                    1. re: xny556cip

                      Places change so fast. Every month something closes and reopens as something else. If it doesnt cater to MU students or fast food-ish takeout then they dont last.

                      1. re: tom porc

                        To be honest,unless someone told me there was University there I would never have known it.Apart from possibly the Inkwell there is very little evidence of a student population either day or night?Even the Brighton bar had trouble pulling a student crowd on nights when there was NOTHING going on .Heaven help anything apart from the Windmill.

                        1. re: xny556cip

                          Jack's Rib and Ale House gets the University crowd, and it's been there a good long while.