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Portofino's - Tinton Falls

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basil4me Sep 30, 2013 06:06 AM

Has anyone been to Portofino's recently? A friend of a friend suggested we try it because the food is great, but I don't know anything about it and the last post on this site was dated 2008. We're looking for something new in the area: one of our favorites is Via 45, but we can't always get a reservation on a Sat night. We've been Buena Sera, Nicholas, Salt Creek Grill, La Fromagerie, Char, Catherine's....
Any comments would be very much appreciated. Thanks chowhounders!

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  1. jrvedivici RE: basil4me Sep 30, 2013 07:34 AM

    I have not been there recently, however I have live very close to Portofino's and I know many people who go and swear by their food.

    Although I haven't been recently when I have went the food is in fact very good. It's just a bit to small and "close" for my personal comfort. Not too sure what success you will have getting last minute reservations there on a Sat. night, they seem pretty packed most weekends.

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      basil4me RE: basil4me Sep 30, 2013 08:04 AM

      Thanks for your response jrvedivici. I looked at their website photos and can see that it's a bit "close." Do you have any suggestions for another place? i always enjoy reading your comments and respect your judgement.

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        jrvedivici RE: basil4me Sep 30, 2013 09:17 AM

        Please keep this in mind, I'm 6'4 and 300+lbs, so I take up a bit more room than most. I wouldn't want to discourage you from trying it just based on my personal preference for more elbow room.

        Two places close to Salt Creek (since you mentioned it) are Undici and Giorgia. Undici is the same owners as Basil T's in Red Bank so the food/menu is very similar, without the micro brew thing going on. Giorgia is a BYOB directly across the street from Fromagerie and is a pretty solid place, worth a try. I've been three times and haven't had a bad meal, definitely need a reservation on a Sat. night at both of those locations.

        Once place I would strongly recommend and is mentioned in many threads on this site would be Jimmy's in Asbury Park for EXCELLENT Italian food. It's not the fanciest place in the world, but the food is constantly excellent. (I was just there Sat. night).

        Another place I have loved over the years, and has an awesome ambiance about it, is The Raven and Peach in Fair Haven. I have to be honest, this has been my favorite restaurant in the area for 15+ years, however my last few times there have been a little disappointing and I'm putting them on the back burner for awhile. It's still a great place but going through an awkward phase.

        Those are my best suggestions for the area. Hope you find it useful and enjoy!

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          basil4me RE: jrvedivici Sep 30, 2013 09:59 AM

          Thanks so much! We went to Undici a few times last year and enjoyed eating at the bar, but they ticked off my other half when they charged a ridiculous price for their "Sunday Gravy" so we stopped going there :)

          Jimmy's was our "first date" spot and I've been thinking about going back, so I'll make a reservation. We had a great meal there. We'll give Portofino a try & I'll post.

      2. Angelina RE: basil4me Oct 2, 2013 03:38 PM

        What about Mossuto's in Wall?

        http://shop.mossutosmarket.com/

        http://www.yelp.com/biz/mossutos-mark...

        I LOVE this place. The pizza is amazing, the veal dishes are so good as well as the pasta dishes! Yum...so happy we found this place. The wine list is great and it won't kill you either.

        Definitely check it out if you can! :)

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          basil4me RE: Angelina Oct 4, 2013 05:42 AM

          Thanks for the tip Angelina. My other half absolutely loves thin crust pizza, we'll have to give this a try.

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          cke25 RE: basil4me Oct 3, 2013 04:33 PM

          All of the spots you mention in your post are in the Red Bank/Rumson area, so I will give you two suggestions in that area:
          1) http://www.monticelloatredbank.com/in... (BYOB
          )2) http://www.rednj.com/
          Neither are new, but have been solid performers over the years.
          Outside the Red Bank area is:
          3) http://www.bayshorebistro.com/ (BYOB
          )New building after Hurricane Sandy, and food is always seasonally creative, delicious, and affordable.

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            basil4me RE: cke25 Oct 4, 2013 05:41 AM

            Thank you for your suggestions, all three look great. A friend had mentioned Monticello and i forgot about it. We will definately give it a try!

          2. equal_Mark RE: basil4me Oct 4, 2013 10:48 AM

            http://www.portofino-ristorante.com/

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              basil4me RE: basil4me Oct 8, 2013 07:20 AM

              We had dinner at Portofino's this past Sat. night and wanted to share my thoughts. The dining room is small, but the service was courteous and attentive.

              They had a nice selection of dishes and some great specials. We shared an appetizer special; Pear with Gorgonzola sauce and walnuts. It was very tasty. My boyfriend had the lamb chops - nice portion served with Broccoli Rabe and green beans. I had the tilapia special served with capers, olives and a light broth which was also very good. They gave me a nice sized portion. We skipped dessert but had double espressos and they were also very good. The coffee was served hot, which many times comes out warm which I can't stand. Good espresso must be served hot!

              Overall the food was great but the place is missing something?? Can't quite decide if it's because the dining room consists of 1 small room? It lacks a bit of charm - but overall a nice place to have a good meal.

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                jrvedivici RE: basil4me Oct 8, 2013 08:18 AM

                Excellent review and right along my feelings of the place. I assume you ate on the first floor, there is a second floor I have never dined up there however I'm going to try again soon and request a table there and see if that makes a difference.

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                  basil4me RE: jrvedivici Oct 8, 2013 10:16 AM

                  We did eat on the first floor and didn't know they have a 2nd. Please post and let us know if there's a bit more charm up there:)

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