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Sep 30, 2013 06:06 AM

Portofino's - Tinton Falls

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. 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.

    1. 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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      1. re: basil4me

        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!

        1. re: jrvedivici

          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. What about Mossuto's in Wall?

        I LOVE this place. The pizza is amazing, the veal dishes are so good as well as the pasta dishes! 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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        1. re: Angelina

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

        2. 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) (BYOB
          Neither are new, but have been solid performers over the years.
          Outside the Red Bank area is:
          3) (BYOB
          )New building after Hurricane Sandy, and food is always seasonally creative, delicious, and affordable.

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          1. re: cke25

            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!