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new restaurant in Bistro 44 space Toms River

Njchicaa Mar 21, 2012 04:54 PM

Guess the people who bought the business from Chef Eric couldn't make a go of the place. It's been empty for the past several months.

Today I heard (from someone very close to the situation) that someone has leased the space and is going to put a "Italian-American comfort food" restaurant in there. Seems to be pretty brave to do that right across from Capone's which has been pretty successful for many years.

Should be interesting to see how this plays out. Now that Capone's has given up its liquor license, the playing field may be more even if this place can produce some good food.

  1. Njchicaa May 18, 2013 12:31 PM

    Drove by Nuovo Luna last night and saw a big banner across the space stating that it was under new ownership.

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    1. re: Njchicaa
      jrvedivici May 18, 2013 02:28 PM

      I wonder how the Oakhurst location is doing, I'm not far from there and have never heard a "buzz" about it.

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      Jerseygirl111 May 30, 2012 11:17 PM

      This place is now open for business. Drove past there the other day.


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      1. re: Jerseygirl111
        bgut1 May 31, 2012 10:35 AM

        Jersey - They've been open since the first week of May.

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          Jerseygirl111 Jun 1, 2012 12:41 PM

          Have you tried it? Anyone have a review ?

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            Rooboy Oct 28, 2012 06:32 PM

            We have and liked it very much. The bread was wonderful and the soups are very authentic Italian. Very generous portions. My husband had the Zuppe De Pesce and it was loaded with seafood. We will definitely try it again. Nice atmoshere and very good service.

      2. Njchicaa Apr 26, 2012 11:52 AM

        Just drove by the place. It looked like the name said Nuova Luna. Will be opening May 1st

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          bgut1 Apr 26, 2012 04:21 PM

          Looks to be the same chef and restaurant in the below link.


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            tommy Apr 26, 2012 04:50 PM

            The "pan seared" tuna in their menu video looks suspiciously like it is grilled.

            This is neither here nor there. Seems like a decent place for what it is.

            1. re: tommy
              Tapas52 Apr 27, 2012 09:35 AM

              Do we really need another Italian restaurant in TR ....especially with Capone's Italian restaurant right across the street? I miss bistro 44

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                Njchicaa Apr 27, 2012 05:43 PM

                I agree. I don't think this town needs yet another Italian-American joint.

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                  rizzo11 Apr 19, 2013 12:53 PM

                  I notice that the theme down in Toms River is to say that we have a lot of "Red Sauce Places" or "Italian-American" restaurants, what is missing down here is a couple of Great Italian Restaurants which we can use.

        2. Quine Mar 22, 2012 04:24 PM

          WOW Just what NJ and especially the Jersey Shore needs is another Red sauce place!

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          1. re: Quine
            Njchicaa Mar 22, 2012 05:00 PM

            I agree.

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              bgut1 Mar 22, 2012 07:32 PM

              While I would rather have anything other than a red sauce Italian, I'm happy the space will be filled as we have slim pickings downtown. Let's not forget that a decent talian restaurant named Reggio's was the predecessor to Bistro 44.

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            Jerseygirl111 Mar 21, 2012 10:59 PM

            Really? How original. Lol


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