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Jan 12, 2009 07:25 AM

lunch in monmouth county

Hi, are there any recommendations for a casual restaurant lunch in Monmouth County on a Sunday? Anything that has some Italian-inspired items on the menu and preferably with a liquor license. Many thanks.

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  1. which town are you visiting?
    anyhow, if you are looking for Italian food, there are pretty much nothing but Italian restaurant on route 9 between Old bridge and Freehold.

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    1. re: yCf

      Thanks, yCf. I'm meeting my in-laws and they live in Pt. Pleasant but I was hoping to meet them somewhere in between. Maybe Red Bank or that area? Thanks!

      1. re: rutgers2

        I know some people hate this place, but I happen to like it. Homemade pastas and a great wine list. Right in Red Bank.

        Basil T's


        1. re: Angelina

          Thanks Angelina! I see they have a wine list, which is needed with the in-laws...LOL!

          1. re: rutgers2

            The can also serve shots, you know before the in laws come...ha ha!!! Hope you have a wonderful outing!!!

            1. re: Angelina

              Thanks Angelina! Definitely will have shots--maybe some absinthe :)

      2. re: yCf


        I don't think those Italian restaurants betweent the points along the Route 9 corridor are open for lunch on Saturday. Not that anyone would be missing anything because they are all mediocre at best.


        In Red Bank, you might want to consider Gaetano's, which does serve lunch on Saturday.

        1. re: RGR

          Thanks RGR. This sounds good too.

          1. re: rutgers2

            Remember most places in RB (with the exception of Buona Sera) don't have liquor licenses. Gaetano's and the Bistro can only sell NJ wines.

            If you BYO, then visit 2 Senza or La Pastaria.

            1. re: aacharya

              Thanks so much, aacharya. Of the 2, do you prefer 2 Senza or La Pastaria?

              1. re: aacharya

                I've only been to 2 Senza once, about a year ago. I was going to suggest it for you. Very nice atmosphere. We went for appetizers and oysters. Everything was tasty. The owner was charming.
                The place has a comfortable sophisticated casual atmosphere. The small oyster bar is on a lovely alcove. I think they might serve NJ wines, as well as BYO.
                It's in the Galleria -- lots of free parking in the lot.

                1. re: val ann c

                  Val Ann C, thank you so much. You have given me great recommendations in the past. I think my in-laws will really like this place and the parking, BYO option (would be interested in NJ wines though) in addition to the congenial owner sounds like a perfect combo. Have a great night.

                  1. re: rutgers2

                    Please let us know how you all like the food. As I said, I have only been there once, about a year ago. I remember the food was good and fresh.

                    1. re: val ann c

                      Val Ann--I definitely will! I am sure it will be great. Thanks and have a good weekend!

                    2. re: rutgers2

                      rutgers2- i must caution you about NJ wines. i have tasted almost every one of them and they are nothing like Cali or French wines. although the quality has improved in the last few years, some of them taste a little "off". if you want to try one, go for a fruit wine, an off-dry varietal, or a cab franc. in my experience, these are the best bets among NJ wines. even with these, it can be hit or miss. good luck!

                      1. re: njchowgal

                        Thanks njchowgal, that is good to know as I definitely do not have a strong knowledge of wines (I tend to drink mostly Chateau Musar but more frequently have been drinking more Yellow Tail since it is cheap).

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