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Aug 2, 2012 04:17 AM

Red Bank: Zebu Out / Mossuto's Market Pizza In!

Given all of the love Mossuto's has gotten on the board recently, this should be welcome news. I've never been to Zebu, but as a business owner feel bad they are out after only five months at their new location (which, if I remember correctly, took quite awhile to procure?).


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  1. Thanks for the heads up, Michelle. I look forward to trying it.

    1. Interesting...I hope it is decent and not outrageously overpriced. How many pizza spots does that make?

      new corner
      mr pizza slice
      the old red bank pizza (not sure whats going on there, if anything)
      basils (maybe you count that)

      I think one over on shrewsbury ave near "on the rock" liquor (still love that name and clientele that go there LOL)

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      1. re: corvette johnny

        I've had pizza at each place you list on more than one occassion. If the new Mossuto's is as good as the one in Wall, it will be head and shoulders the best pie in town (though I do have a soft spot for a slice at Mr. Pizza Slice).

        1. re: MGZ

          Good to hear, I wish them luck. The location is nice. If they have fair prices and only a HALF decent pie, they should do well.

          ...still waiting on char : )

        2. re: corvette johnny

          @Covette Johnny

          I think you forgot Pizza Fusion if that is still up and running. Chiaffalo's/Red Bank Pizza is still vacant nothing has taken that spot yet.....still don't know why they left that location for their current. I liked their pie.

          Mr. Pizza Slice is the only place to go in town for a decent Italian Hot Dog.

          At least he was honest in the article....it's all about chasing the money he had with Manhattan Bagel. Zebu serves a decent slice of pizza now......but he is chasing the francising aspect which failed with the Zebu name/concept. In my opinion the Gormet Pizza market is already saturated and while I have no reason to wish against him I think the chip's are not in his favor of pulling a new francise of Gormet Pizza places off. I could be wrong....and I hope I am in this case.

          Your "char" comment was regarding char on your pizza or Char the Steakhouse?

          1. re: jrvedivici

            Steak ; )

            yeah as I mentioned, if he prices the pizza too high then I think he will fail. He needs to get busy during lunch hours and get a good following to start. I think those will be two key factors to success. RB has enough people to support a lunch crowd.

            If you turn people off right from the start, you are going to flop. I don't mind spending slightly higher than average prices on food, as long as it is good and worth it. I do mind getting totally jacked though. I just want a decent value and I hope they bring this to the table. Anyway, I wish them luck. They have all the pieces of the puzzle there. They just need to put it together.

          2. re: corvette johnny

            Not to mention the # of RB restaurants with pizza on the menu like The Bistro.

          3. Thanks for the information Michelle!! I have only been to Mossuto's once, and can't wait to get back!! I love that place!!!

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            1. re: Angelina

              Keep in mind based on that article I don't believe the Red Bank location is going to be anything like the Mossuto's in Wall.

              1. re: jrvedivici

                It seemed to me that the pizza and the ethos are intended to be.

                1. re: MGZ

                  Yes I am reading between the lines on some of this but here is what I’m taking out of it.

                  FIRST whoever is in charge of their PR should be cut out immediately. The article from a business persons standpoint wreaks of nothing more than greed. From the article quoting the Zebu partner “who said the change marks the attainment of his dream of returning to the franchising business.”’’

                  Notice the complete lack of any reference to creating good food or the restaurant business as a whole the only mention is just about franchising. The key to successful franchising is creating an EASY brand to replicate. You have to create consistent results which are easily replicated at different locations. If you read earlier he claimed the failure of the Zebu concept was it was “too much to learn” for the franchise owners…….having learned from that mistake I’m sure that much of what makes Massutto’s Market in Wall is generations of recipes passed down to create the wonderful dishes they serve. I don’t think that is going to be the same case here. Since the Zebu owner blames his prior failure on the difficulty of re-producing his Zebu recipes and he is in charge of the franchising aspect I expect you are going to get a very watered down version (literally and figuratively speaking) of what is made at Massutto’s Market.

                  Also take a look at the comments on the bottom of the page. 2 dozen +- assumed locals and not one positive response to another pizza place opening in Red Bank.

                  1. re: jrvedivici

                    All I'm saying is, after having eaten pizza in every establishment in RB and the lower part of the Monmouth County Shore for the last thirty years, if the pizza at Mossuto's in RB is as good as it is in Wall, I will be there when I want a pie in town. If I were a local who had never had their pies and assumed it was like what else is there I'd have probably bitched too. There is a lot of mediocrity in RB.

                    1. re: MGZ

                      I just googled " dining mediocrity " and sure enough a map of Red Bank was the top result.

                      I understand and agree completely with what you are saying....it's just after re-reading that article I'm not holding out much hope. Sorry to be the pessimist.

            2. Does anyone know if this has opened in Red Bank yet?

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              1. re: Angelina

                They opened up just this past Friday. happened to be walking by and stopped in. the space us still unfinished but pizza was great - wood burning Neapolitan style with interesting, quality ingredients. Thought prices were reasonable as well. Some kinks still to worked out but definitely will be back

              2. In red bank you forgot:




                It seems you can never get enough red sauce and dough in this town.

                What we need is a smoerrebrod place. More herring...

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                1. re: vikingkaj

                  Maybe a lutefisk cart on Broad Street?