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Ristorante Giorgia in Rumson

Third trip there this weekend was the best ever.

This is fast becoming our favorite NJ Italian restaurant. The specials were highlighted by a fried zucchinin flower blossom that were crisp and crunchy with a hint of sea salt on the outside with sweet and creamy filling. Simply delicious.

Followed by an arugala and pear salad with drizzled aged balsamic dressing that had some fresh accasciato cheese from Tuscany.

My meal concluded with one of the ravioli specials -a spinach and riccotta filled purse with gorganzola sauce - the other raviloi special that was offered that night was a veal and cheese raviloi with lamb ragu that our friend had that he simply loved.

Other diners enjoyed the bruschetta - a version made with eggplant that is a knockout - home made lasgane (noodles just burnt on the edges) that was so big my wife happily could not finish and it made for a great treat for us while watching the golf tournament yesterday - a swordfish entree that was eaten to the last bite and a special of bolagnese sauced homemade flat noodled pasta that I was dying to drop my fork into but alas, no invitation to do so was offered by my mom. She too preserved most of hers for a hearty Sunday meal!

IMHO a serious candidate for the best new BYOB restaurant to open in NJ this year.

Address - 102 Ave of Two Rivers, Rumson, NJ 07760 ยท

Phone - 7327413880

No web site but facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ristora...

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      1. re: carlylecat

        We went to Ristorante Giorgia on Sunday evening and enjoyed our meal. The zucchini flowers we made into 2 pancakes with some fresh ricotta cheese on the side - good, but I would have preferred the version that carlyecat had. DH had the calamari appetizer which was a nice change from the usual fried version - these were done cold with olives, hot peppers, and some more stuff which I can't remember. Bread was very good! My main of spinach gnocchi was light and delicious. DH had wild mushrooms and shrimp over pasta. It was well flavored and a generous size. After checking with the waiter that it was indeed made in house - we ended our meal witha fabulous tiramisu. My thanks to fellow chowhounds who mentioned this new jewel in earlier posts. We love going to new restaurants and will definitely be returning here.

    1. Is this place North or South of Ridge Rd? Google Maps puts it in the middle of the intersection...

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      1. re: equal_Mark

        right across the street from DB Fromagerie

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        Fromagerie Restaurant
        26 Ridge Rd, Rumson, NJ 07760

        1. re: NJDolfan

          Right across which street? Fromagerie is on a corner.

            1. re: equal_Mark

              If you say that The fromagerie occupies the north east corner of ridge and ave of two rivers and the library occupies the south east corner Gloria nelson the south west and weichert the north west

              The restaurant is on ave of two rivers just past ( further north ) of the northwest corner just past weichert and directly across the street from what is posted as alan's florist on google maps

        2. Okay, some of the following may be attributed to how new the restaurant is. I usually give places some extra slack in the service department when they are new- though in a pretty small dining room with maybe 12 - 15 tables, some of it still screams inexcusable .

          Starting with ambience, it is LOUD in here. The tables are pretty close together and it's not a "romantic date" spot by any stretch of the word. It looks inside like an old Italian barn , verging on being slightly gimmicky but my wife liked it. Everyone last night appeared to know one another which lent for a seemingly welcomingly atmosphere outside of the noise.

          When we get there for our 9pm reservation, we were told they are running about 20 min behind. No worries - on a cool night, it was nice to sit outside for a few minutes, and only about ten minutes later were my wife and I seated at a table .

          Then begins the fun - we received wine glasses for what we brought, empty water glasses and were explained specials. We didn't see our waiter again for about 30 minutes. With our menu closed and quite hungry at this point, I flagged down a busboy and asked him to bring us bread to gnaw at while we waited. We were about to leave when without much apology , our waiter realized he had forgotten about us and took our order.

          On to the food.....

          Stuffed Zucchini (appetizer) - pleasant enough - but could have really used some salt ( Which I added) - pretty average over all- 5/10

          Bruschetta - this was nice- toasted country bread charred on outside and the addition of eggplant made it a different rendition than most 7/10

          For entrees I had ravioli special which was supposed to be with veal and Roquefort - they had ran out of all but two I was told about 20 min after ordering , but they had others with walnuts and what I gathered was a mixed Italian cheese inside that I could sub. Fine. The waiter was quite nice and told me (without me asking) he will bring the remaining two out with my meal for me to try

          My meal came and it was four medium sized , definitely homemade ravioli. The flavors were quite good but... The outsides were almost oily which lent a slightly unpleasant textural component . I don't know if it was run of from an oil base to sauce, or what. All in all , however, they were tasty but not spectacular. I also never saw the two other ravioli (Which would have been fine if he didnt tell me they were coming) In reality, I remained hungry with portion size
          7/10

          My wife had bucatini a la matriciana (sp?) - Which had a nice kick to it and featured al dente , seemingly homemade pasta. IMHO, the better dish of the night and a nice break from the overbooked red sauce places we are inundated with in NJ
          8/10

          Good cannoli and expresso to finish . Prices quite reasonable (about $70 plus tax and tip) but mixed feelings. Outside of service, nothing was bad but nothing great either. For my dollar, I'll still go to other Italian places before returning here

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          1. re: gwh912

            We had a very similar experience.

            Showed up for 8p rez, sat at 820 and got our menus and wine glasses, then didnt see the waiter for 30 minutes - literally disappeared. Got one of our apps at 920, the other 10 minutes later. Then didnt get our entrees until 950p and again, 10 minutes apart. Waiter asked if we'd like pepper, said yes, and he disappeared again. I went up and got it myself. Waiter was a nice, young kid, but really totally clueless and the hostesses were laughing about the incompetence.

            All of that said, the food was excellent. Actually liked the atmosphere and didn't mind the noise - it was loud enough that we didn't feel like we were right on top of the people at the next table, who we happened to know. I'd wait a while and hope they try to get the service aspect ironed out (am somewhat skeptical given the apparent attitude of management), but I am willing to give it another shot based on the quality of the food alone.

          2. WE HAD AN 8:30 RESERVATION AND WAS SEATED AT 9:30. THE HOSTESS WAS NASTY AND TOLD US IF WE DIDN'T LIKE THE WAIT WE COULD LEAVE. WE STARTED WITH THE CAPRESE SALAD JUST FAIR, WE HAD MUSSELS THAT WERE SPICY. THE LINGUINE AND CLAMS WERE VERY SPICY AND THE SALMON WAS DRY. IT WAS EXTREMELY LOUD AND YOU COULDN'T HOLD A CONVERSATION BECAUSE THE TABLES WERE TOO CLOSE. WE DID NOT CHOOSE TO HAVE DESSERT. IT WAS 100.00 WITHOUT TIP OR DESSERT. WE WOULD NEVER RETURN TO THIS RESTAURANT THERE ARE TOO MANY GOOD ONES AROUND. 0 FOR DECOR 0 FOR FOOD, THE ONLY GOOD THING WAS OUR WAITER WHO WAS NICE. WE EAT OUT 5 NIGHTS A WEEK AND WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED.

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            1. re: rextonrc

              rextonrc: Welcome to CH.

              What did you do during the one-hour wait?

              As you dine out five nights per week, I look forward to hearing about the other restaurants you frequent.

              1. re: fershore

                We waited outside and it was cold. I now have a cold. Undici which I love, we eat there once a week. Basil T's, Shipwreck (wonderful) . Duo Amici, (wonderful) What's your beef, Nicholas, Fromergerie, Sallie T's, Blue Water Seafood, and since we work in New York Abe and Arthur's. Verbene, Po and many others. No rating for this restaurant 0.

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                Undici
                11 W River Rd, Rumson, NJ 07760

            2. Went here yesterday, which was a Sunday and early at that, so we expected everything to be up to par and it was pretty good. The food, both homemade pasta dishes and very good with a decent sauce. The ambiance nice and rustic but the place is very small and tables are close to each other. Keep in mind this was not a problem for an early Sunday dinner but will be a problem for a Friday or Saturday night as the noise level will be high.

              The service - nice kids but clueless which again is not an issue on Sunday but will be on a busy night. All in all we liked it and will return again but only for an early Sunday dinner.