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UVA Restaurant and Wine Bar Bradley Beach NJ

UVA Restaurant and Wine Bar
800 Main Street
Bradley Beach NJ

Piacone's has closed and this restaurant just opened a few days ago.
Have no additional information. Let us know if anyone has visited.

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  1. Went tonight just to get the lay of the land and sat at the bar. Not a bad experience, but they need to improve the wine list right away. If you call yourself a wine bar you had better have a decent selection, which they do not. Had the PEI mussels with linguini, which was a pretty good pasta dish. Will have to go back to this place again and have a full dinner with the wife to really get a good feel. Prices seem fair as well.
    Hope they do well in this economy.

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    1. re: JerzeyShore

      Update - went back on Friday 6/5 alone and sat at the bar. They did improve the wine list and they do a nice pour from an acceptable, but not extensive selection. Sampled the gnocchi with mushrooms in cream sauce which was decent but over sauced and too rich. Based on other dishes coming out of the kitchen and my two samples I would say: they do a decent job overall but they are not fine Italian dining. However, if you enjoy large portions of heavily sauced food it may be worth a visit.

    2. Two of us went Thursday for dinner. I had black cod, with risotto and green beans which was quite nice. My companion had a caesar salad and house-made campanelli which she also liked. I had a very good house chardonny. Service was good, but we were there early and when we left it was more crowded and our waiter seemed a little flustered.

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      1. re: SusieQQ

        Fantastic! This area so needed a new Italian restaurant...

        1. re: equal_Mark

          Went there a few nights ago. The braised short rib (I think it was called "Braised Short Rib Americana" on the menu) was cooked perfectly, but the real star was the homemade ricotta gnocchi that it's paired with. I have never had better. The Sicilian rice balls we had as an appetizer were also fabulous.

          1. re: Emerald Dawn

            I was there not long ago and also had the short rib... most excellent as was the gnocchi. Definitely a go-to dish. My girlfriend had a fish dish that I can't remember because I was so into my short rib... but she enjoyed it. We shared a salad of arugula, beets, blood orange and goat cheese that was also very nice. Service was friendly and attentive.

            Glad something good is now there because I sure miss Piancone's...

      2. has anyone checked out the "new" italian market next door that is part of the same ownership (from what I've heard)?

        1. I read somewhere (can't remember where) that the former owners of Pagano's is now running Uva. Pagano's was an Italian joint on Ocean Ave in Bradley for many years. I think it is now condos.

          I also think they have been running the Uva space for a while but only recently changed the name from Piancones.

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          1. re: missybean

            Uva is run by the Paganos but they only took over in March. It was operated by different owners before that. I wasn't crazy about it then, but love it now! The new chef is fantastic! I've also had the gnocchi and it's the best I've ever had. I had a fava bean salad that was delish too! It's definitely worth the visit. The food, atmosphere, & service are great. The bar is also a great place to hang out.

            1. re: KitKatt

              KitKatt -

              Thanks for the update. I knew Piancones was sold a while back but didn't realize that the Paganos were another step removed from the original. We always enjoyed the original Paganos but I am not sure if it was the food as much as it was the ability to sit oceanside. I'm looking forward to trying this incarnation.

              1. re: missybean

                Yes, same owners as Pagano's in BB. Their food is both home-style and innovative-essentially delicious and magical. There really can't be anything better than the Pagano's keeping the bar license from Pianconne's and replacing Pianconne's stodgy food with Chef Anthony's delicious and affordable menu in this awesome space.

          2. Uva has been reviewed by the NY Times... Seems they think the food was pretty good, but the service is less so.

            http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/31/nyr...

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            1. re: Emerald Dawn

              Another review where the final rating (satisfactory) does not match the tenor of the article. If I was the owner of Uva, I'd be greatly disappointed.

            2. Went there for dinner Saturday night and all and all it was good. We started off splitting the beet salad. it was good. I had the prawns over broccoli rabe. The prawns were huge, but unfortunately over cooked and mushy. the broccoli was really tasty. DH had the parpaellle pasta with Bolognese sauce. it was really good but a little dry. He requested more sauce and out it came. I had the black cod with tomato broth and wild mushrooms and it was wonderful. I had no take home leffovers that night.!!! No deserts for us. Wine was $5 a glass, what a change from other restos. Waiting to go back and try the other things on menu. It was loud in there, we sat at a booth close to the kitchen and the chefs were constantly yellling out the orders. But that's the shore in summer!!!

              1. Went last night -- less than 2 weeks after a NY Times review that gave them good marks for food with uneven service. Was surprised that the restaurant was empty on a Thursday night in June (although it was a rainy night...)

                Liked the atmosphere and given that it was slow, didn't find it too loud, as many other reviewers have. The timing of the courses was fine -- but our waiter was not. While he was trying to be nice and attentive, there was something rather 'off' about him. Didn't know the special risotto of the day...we had to ask for fresh pepper...didn't handle the pouring of the wine correctly.

                They first brought out a brushetta with sausage, cheese and peppers. It was very dry and not worth the calories. A busboy dropped it off instead of our waiter and when we asked him what was in it, he didn't understand English so couldn't answer.

                We split a special appetizer with mozzarella, eggplant and arugula. It was nothing special, but wasn't bad. We both then had a pasta dish -- very large portions and they were both quite good.

                We'll definitely give it another shot.

                1. Food was okay. Service was terrible. Our waitress took our order and forgot about us. An older Italian woman seemed to have taken over our table. Dishes were brought out of order, the lobster bisque was so heavy on the sherry that it was inedible. When we sent it back, she insisted that it was delicious. We asked for the dessert menu, the woman said "The waitress will take care of that". 15 minutes later we decided we didn't want to wait any longer, and asked for the check. The "owner" said we didn't wait long enough. REALLY? I have never given a bad review before. But the woman's attitude really deserved one.

                  1. This is actually owned by old friends of mine from high school; sufficed to say, I haven't made it there yet.

                    1. Lets start by saying...after 2 hours of sitting at a table in this restaurant we left without even eating our entrees. The entire experience was truly a dissapointing disaster from start to finish. We were sat at 8 pm in a far section of the restaurant with no view of the kitchen and almost hidden away from the rest of the dinners and attention of the wait staff. There were 2 4 tops on either side of us that had just been sat minutes before us. It took 10 mins for our server to come and take our drink order and then another 15 mins for the 2 glasses of wine to return. We then put our orders in and the appetizers came within a reasonable amount of time. A beet salad and a trio of arancini. Neither was anything special but satisfactory. Our plates were cleared shortly after we had finsihed the salad and we were told that our entrees would be out shortly. 10 min after 10 min increments went by. We watched as our fellow dinners on either side of us received, ate and FINISHED their meals. Still nothing, all we had ordered was 2 pasta dishes and a fish dish - nothing fancy. our server came over again to say our meals were coming out " any minute" but still nothing. At this point in time, the tables on either side of us had paid their bills and left. We continued to try tog et the attention of a wait staff or manager but because we were in the far side of the dining room it was next to impossible. Finally about 1 hr and 1/2 after initially being sat and still no dinner entrees, we get up to find an owner and a woman standing by the kitchen tells us " our food is up and is coming right out." They then come moments later and bring the wrong tables food to our table. Again the food goes back and they tell us the food will be right out. After 2 more mins and no food in site we decide to get up and leave. We go to the hostess stand and tell them we are leaving, they insist the food is ready. We tell them we do not want the food. At this point in time we still have not received any reason why the food never arrived. They then bring us the bill for the wine and appetizers. No offer to comp the beginning of the meal and still no owner has spoken to us, We tell our waitress we want to speak to an owner as we felt we should be comped for the 2 glasses of wine and the 2 appetizers. She looks at us like we are crazy and finally gets the owner. STILL never a reason why the food never arrived and hardly an apology. The female owner then comes and tell us the kitchen lost our ticket. This entire time no one ever thought to come to our table and alert us to the situation. She then tells us the food is now ready and tries to get us to sit back down. We tell her no and she then offers to pack up the food for us to take home. When finally got back home all 3 dishes were almost inedible, At least we ended up not paying in the end.
                      So much of this could have been avoided if someone had been upfront and honest with us, came to our table in a timely manner and explained the situation of the lost ticket and perhaps offered us a complimentary glass of wine while we waited patiently for our food to arrive. However we were just ignored and give excuse after excuse. We were dissapointed most in the customer service or lack there of more than anything else.

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                      1. re: stack_c

                        That is a terrible evening indeed Stack_C. Sorry to hear that it was such a bad experience! -mJ

                        1. re: stack_c

                          I am amazed that people can ask not to pay when they KNOW they are never coming back. If I was the owner I would have made you pay. Stinks that you didnt have a good experience. I have heard nothing but really awesome things about UVA and eat there all the time. I dont mind waiting if it's worth it. To me it's worth it.