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Jan 9, 2014 12:34 PM

Still yet another Italian restaurant to open in Marlboro

Keeping with the theme of "EVERY strip mall MUST have at least one pizza place/Italian restaurant", the Diamond Plaza on Rt. 9 South in Marlboro will soon have an Italian restaurant of its own (formerly the location of Saladworks).

When I first saw the sign, La Cucina Noveau, I thought.. that's an odd name.. kind of a mix of Italian and French. Well, it turns out I was right.

Another Italian restaurant? Really? What makes this one so different?

Well, it actually looks pretty good.. and I like fusion.. Italian with French sounds pretty promising. And these people seem like they know what they're doing.

An ad in the Rt. 9 Shopper magazine ("Just Use It!") states the opening will be sometime in the winter of 2014.

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  1. Heh.. its funny.. we all are begging for variety. When I was on a business trip not too long ago, I was begging for a decent jersey style pizzeria.

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    1. re: coldsolderjoint

      I have a friend who was raised in Jersey but now lives in Ohio. Apparently the pizza there sucks, as she says the closest thing to real Jersey pizza is one of Domino's offerings.

      1. re: MarlboroMan

        My wife has extended family in Ohio (don't know where). We saw them for a wedding a few months ago and they said they buy their pizza (and beer) from the gas station. While they where here, they went on a pizzeria tour and a porkroll/egg/cheese tour as well.

        1. re: MarlboroMan

          My family moved to Ohio from NJ when I was young. Ordering a "pie" was a tip off to many pizzeria owners that we were from the East Coast.

          1. re: MarlboroMan

            I grew up in Ohio. He just doesn't know where to go. Plenty of places have authentic pizza, but they're mostly local. Cincy has some Jersey-acceptable pizza joints.

            Pizza's just not the revered food there like it is here in NJ and NY.

            The single biggest downfall in OH (and in many joints here in NJ) is shredded cheese. I hate it. I need fresh mozzarella, crushed tomatoes or darned good sauce, basil, and EVOO.

        2. Haven't you noticed that when Italians from Staten Island and Brooklyn want to move to the "country," they come to Monmouth County, NJ and start selling pizza and pasta. This has been going on for at least 25 years.

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          1. re: cke25

            They also put up giant fences around their yards and cut down all the trees...

            1. re: equal_Mark

              Why can't we have more people from Malaysia or other parts of the world move to Monmouth county? Anthony Bourdain recently announced he would be opening up a Malaysian street food court in the city. We could use some ideas like this. Maybe in the freehold mall! Haha.

          2. I notice the Saladworks in Aberdeen is also closed--does anyone know what's going on with all these Saladworks closures?

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            1. re: eleeper

              Well the one on Rt 9 closed a couple (2?) years ago if I had to guess. The one in Aberdeen had been struggling a long time. (I think it closed once previously during a change of ownership) I don't think it's anything besides struggling locations closing. Personally I stopped going awhile ago when their salads shrunk and their prices kept rising.

              1. re: jrvedivici

                Other SWs I have been to that have since closed: New Brunswick, Princeton.

              2. re: eleeper

                Hey eleeper - mitch donaberger with saladworks guest relations here. passing through, and i thought i'd comment. the aberdeen saladworks location's owner decided to close for personal reasons, unfortunately, and has no plans to reopen.

                if you've got the craving, you can still visit the Holmdel store on Rte 35. :-)

              3. any update on this place? how is it?

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                1. re: shap89

                  I might be wrong but I think this place is a caterer and not a restaurant.

                  1. re: yCf

                    It's a floor wax.
                    It's a dessert topping!

                    Like the famous Saturday Night Live skit, it's both!

                    And according to the ad in the Rt. 9 Shopper they are "Now Open" for business. No menu on the website, though, that I can tell.

                2. Went there today for late lunch.... Food is incredibly good.... Best calamari I've had in nj, and the veal was very tasty.... Friendly service, decent prices (2starters,2 main, coffee choc cake... 77$)....very worth trying