Pastaio in Spring Lake BYOB
Went to this BYOB in Spring Lake to research for a special dinner we are having for my son next month. The food was out of this world good. I felt like I was in Manhattan or Philly. We started with the burratta plate which was tremendous. I had the Fish stew Scampi style which was mussels, clams, cod the works and all seasoned to perfection.
My wife had the fresh pasta and meatballs which may have been the best I have ever tasted. I am a meatball guy, and those were incredible.
The chef worked for Mario Batali in Manhattan and you could taste the Batali influences.
We booked their private party room for the event before we paid the check. The bill was reasonable for the quality and service. It is such a pleasure to find a top flight place down the shore to go to.
Nice report, we went to Pastaio a few months ago (forgot to write about it). Thought the food was good but not exceptional. I had that pasta and meatball dish. Pasta was homemade and cooked perfectly, meatballs were very good. Problem was the sauce, which is so important with pasta and meatballs was bland.
Will give Pastaio another try, especially with the summer season behind us.
Our bill including coffee and dessert (Espresso Chip Gelato) was $85.
The party is a set menu on a Sunday Afternoon at $30 a head which was competitive to what we have seen at other restaurant which did not have the same food quality. What I liked was 1/2 price for kids as we will have my son and all of his cousins.
$29 for tilapia & $21 for an order of meatballs in sauce - more if you want pasta with it? They better be out of this world good, because those prices are not reasonable at all.
Is there anyone who has been to this place more recently?
My family is trying to plan a Christmas Eve dinner with some of us travelling from NYC and others from across NJ. We have one small child in our group. So the place needs to be family friendly. And by that I mean that they will not be hostile to a 1.5 year old (among 8 adults). By family friendly, I do NOT mean a kid menu. My niece is a terrific eater and likes a wide variety of food and gladly eats what the adults are having.
If anyone has any other suggestions for nice (but still obviously child friendly) in this general area, all suggestions welcome. (Sorry I'm not familiar with the area to say other town names.)
Thanks to all for any replies!!