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thoughts on Luchento's or Brioso's?

rikk Jun 24, 2013 10:34 AM

in freehold/marlboro area?
any other recommendations for something good, and above average?

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    oldandtired Jun 24, 2013 11:53 AM

    I am very fond of Brioso's.....My family averages maybe 2-3 visits a year over the last 10-12 years. Over the years I have found the kitchen to be consistent, I enjoy there seafood dishes, as well as their risotto of the day. On the weekends
    I like to order there hot and cold antipasto sampler appetizers before my entrees
    I have also found there service to be consistently good...however there are times the staff does get overwhelmed. My last visit was around 6-7 months ago...for the last 4-5 years I hold my business X-mas party there.
    There was a power outage along Rt. ( from Old Bridge to Freehold)
    They worked hard to accommadate us. But I felt something was different from my visits in past. They were missing some familiar faces in the front of the house and I just didn't enjoy the food as much.... can't really explain it ,...maybe it was an off night and the power outage and long wait for food put me in a bad mood. Aside from that it I feel the environment and quality of the meals create good fair value for what they charge. It is BYOB and that is a big plus for my personal taste.

    I have been to Luchento's 2-3 times over last few years since it reopened....I am very ambivalent about it.
    I would not choose or recommend Luchento's as It just doesn't stand out to me. However If a friend insisted on meeting there I don't have a problem going as I find nothing offensive about it.

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      p314n Jun 24, 2013 01:11 PM

      100% brioso over luchento's. luchento's used to be a go-to restaurant that has gone completely downhill in the last couple of years.

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        fourunder Jun 24, 2013 04:17 PM

        this board show zero love or consideration for Luchento....perhaps you should look elsewhere for reviews.

        I've made positive comments on the old Luchento....and still others disagreed....discounting what I had to say based on old feelings and opinions

        I have not been to the reincarnation, so I cannot help you with a recent opinion.

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          sockster Jun 25, 2013 08:36 AM

          Had been going to Brioso for years. The quality has eroded, and now it seems they do you a favor serving you, especially one of the waiters, David, who thinks his S_ _ t doesn't smell and he's better than you are. I would avoid Brioso and try other local places. Pino's (right near Brioso) is very good, has a nice atmosphere, and a newcomer in the area, Café Spezio, while it has no atmosphere, has very good food.

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