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Jan 7, 2010 07:57 AM

Tommy's in Red Bank

I know this place has been discussed before, but wondering if anyone has been here recently? Thinking of trying it over the weekend.

Is it thin crust?

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    1. ok, so I went last night and want to share my review.

      Overall, for a Monday the place was busy. Almost every table taken. It is a relatively small restaurant, but a good sign I suppose.

      The place smelled really good, as we were excited to eat!

      To start, we ordered the Italian chopped salad. I would not recommened ordering this. It was enough for 2, but for $ 9.00, it was a bowl of romaine, a few (and I mean a few) chick peas, and maybe a handful of olives. There was absolutely nothing to it. It was dressed in an Italian dressing, but it simply did not stand out. It was just one big bowl of romaine, so stay away from ordering this, unless you like paying top dollar for a head of romaine.

      The specialty pies did not scream out to either of us, so we decided to just order a large plain pie. It stated on the menu it is made with fresh mozz, romano cheese, plum tomato sauce, fresh basil, and imported olive oil. The pie was overall ok. Nothing great or out of ths world. It could have been cooked longer. The crust was thin, but the mozzarella was sliced so super thin, it really melted into the pie. The sauce was barely there, and very little specks of basil, so you could not even taste the basil. (basil is a favorite of mine on pies....when I make my own pizza, I load up on basil because I love the freshness of it!)

      Maybe if we had something on the pie it would have been better? I don't know, but I had to doctor up the pie myself with garlic salt (I hate using that, but it seriously needed it!) black pepper, and red pepper. So, the pizza needs some work in my opinion.

      They make their own gelato, which was excellent! No help there. We had a pistachio and a chocolate hazelnut. It was so good, I am still talking about it today.

      Will I go back, probably not. Unless I read some glowing review, I would only go back for gelato, which really isn't saying much about a place called, "Tommy's Pizza."

      Our bill was $ 46.00 before tax and tip. (2 Peroni beers on tap @ $ 5.00 each)

      So, if you go, don't order what I had, unless it is the gelato!!

      8 Replies
      1. re: Angelina

        Angelina - Thanks. I had heard good things about Tommy's from a friend but have yet to try it.

        1. re: Papa Bing

          If you go, please tell me what you ordered. I really wanted it to be good, but it is only 1 month open so, maybe they have to get the kinks out.


          1. re: Angelina

            Will do. It may be a while. Leaving for 10 days in FL tomorrow. I too wanted it to be good. There is a place in Brooklyn, Frannies, which is wonderful. Great coal/wood fired pizza and nice variety of appitizers. I was hpoing for something like that.

        2. re: Angelina

          I have to agree with Angelina. It was too busy to stay the first time we tried to eat there so this afternoon we picked up two pies to go. The toppings are too expensive to get more than one, so I ordered the Yvette's veggie specialty pie which is roasted mushroom, roasted peppers, roasted garlic, mozzarella, ricotta, olive oil, black pepper, light tomato sauce and a side of hot sauce. I disagree with hot sauce on a pizza (if you want it hot, add red pepper flakes), but it was on the side, so I figured it would be OK.

          Unfortunately, what I got was less than I expected. The pie was full of roasted peppers, way too many. And because they were marinated in balsamic vinegar, the flavor was overwhelming. Due to the heavy hand on the roasted peppers, there was little room for any of the other vegetable toppings: very few mushrooms and on the whole pie, only 1 clove of roasted garlic (whole, not sliced). And the hot sauce was on the pizza. The crust was uneven but mostly a little too thick, so the pie should have been cooked a little longer and center of the pie was soggy (probably also a consequence of the roasted peppers). Generally, the pie was unbalanced. There is potential for this place to be good, but it has a long way to go and I probably won't be back soon either.

            1. re: MGZ

              OK, I'll be honest: it was MUCH better tonight re-heated on the pizza stone with a little garlic added and as many of the roasted peppers as I could get to removed. But it should have been that good the first time!

              1. re: tequilasnob

                Tried it for a take out. Nice cosy atmosphere and friendly Hostess.Sadly the Pizza was just mediocre.Tasteless Mozzarella.The balance of toppings was right (sauce/cheese/basil ) but it just never combined to meld and make that magical combination that great pizza can.Sometimes the simplest is the the hardest as this proves.I think they will probably do O.K.,but I would probably only return if I was looking for a quiet drink in a warm atmosphere - not for great pizza.

                1. re: xny556cip

                  Although it's a seperate business - i'm guessing that the Cafe at the other end of the building is also the same Tommy ?Very nice space that would probably do well in a more prominent location. I tried a Vanilla / Fig Gelato cone there recently and apart from "sticker shock" @ $5.30 for a small cone,was dismayed at the total lack of taste or evidence of Figs.If i'm correct ,sadly they are using the Instant "Pre-Gel brand Mixes" which really do not do justice to Italian artisan produced Gelato (Capogiro in Philly is a good rule of thumb ) and only contribute to mediocrity - both in Italy and here.It certainly does not warrant the Grom-esque price tag.

        3. I have eaten there before. The atmosphere is nice and the place seemed busy, though it is very small. The service was good. I just wasn't thrilled about the brick oven pizza bc it tasted burnt. I also didn't think it was very flavorfull. It was very bland.You can order it thincrust if you like. The only pizza place that I really like in NJ was the old Red Bank Pizza, which is no longer there. They relocated. I might be bias bc that is the pizza I grew up on. Overall, I dont think Tommy's is worth it.

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          1. re: striker76

            Apparently someone thinks Tommy's pizza's are good. At least the people at Tommy's and their bankers - rode by what used to be Manhattan Steak house this evening and there was a Coming Soon! Tommy's Coal Fired Pizza banner. Their website says open May 1st. Are they really good enough to support that kind of business and that size establishment?

            1. re: jfedorko

              Didn't the Pizzeria just down the road close (Tuscan Hils if I recall correctly?)

              1. re: xny556cip

                Went to Tommy's tonight and thought it was terrible. The chopped salad was not chopped and the pizza was so bland. No taste of coal to me, I think it is really an electric oven. I would love to see the ice cream maker for the gelato, it might be home made but at someone else's home. Also all the products tasted like Costco or restaurant depot. Sorry but I will not be back. Mad I wasted the money.

                1. re: patunia

                  The problem I see with Tommy's in Oakhurst is that for us locals who may find it to be the cats meow, should you be arriving from Wayside (the west) or Oakhurst (the east), you exit and have to go north all the way to Industrial Way in Eatontown.

                  This for anyone contemplating 'take out', which is a SIN as to any pizza as it quickly assimilates the cardboard smell, and the life blood of the pizza.

                  Here's hoping that it's a good spot that makes good pie, though the RB review of yesterday isn't very promising.