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Nuovo Trattoria Manalapan

sockster Apr 23, 2013 05:58 PM

In short- why do people that have no idea how to run a restaurant open a restaurant in a town full of Italian restaurants that are mediocre at best, and are much better than this one?

Mediocre pizza, poor bread, poor risotto, vegetables that taste like fish, a server that didn't know that burrata was, or care how our food was......you name it, this place didn't fire on any cylinders. Look elsewhere for Italian food. And did i mention it wasn't inexpensive? The over under on staying open, 3 months!!

  1. Angelina Apr 25, 2013 06:33 AM

    We only had the pizza there. It was pretty good. The menu looked good, and BIG..that was the only thing that threw me off. So many menu items, how do they stay fresh? Anyway, I did see a lot of plates coming out of the kitchen and they did look good, but like I said..we only had pizza. Not really in a rush to go back either.

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    1. re: Angelina
      MarlboroMan May 1, 2013 11:26 AM


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      toonik Apr 24, 2013 11:27 AM

      A friend of a friend of mine is one of the owners of this place. He is not a chef. I wanted to give it a try last night but mr. Toonik said no way. After reading your review, we definately we won't be going. We ended up going to Porta in Asbury Park. It's really a shame that we always have to travel about 30 minutes to get delicious italian food.

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        charmel Apr 24, 2013 04:53 AM

        That spot is literally the kiss of death!

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        1. re: charmel
          sockster Apr 24, 2013 05:13 AM

          It might not be if they put in a restaurant that knew what it was doing.

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          MarlboroMan Apr 23, 2013 08:59 PM

          They worked on that space for a lot longer than 3 months. I'd say about 6 months ago, coupons started appearing locally, but then it was shuttered again.

          Thanks for taking one for the team.

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