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Mar 31, 2014 06:48 AM

Biagio Wood-fired Pizza in Red Bank Shuttered!

Any idea if this is temporary or permanent?
Had to get my pizza fix at Tommy's Coal Oven Pizza, instead.

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  1. Web site say's "temporarily", if you try to call the phone number nothing happens. Like seriously nothing, I can't get the call to go through!?!?!?! Doesn't surprise me though my understanding is the new concept for the space didn't take off. I really didn't understand replacing Zebu, which sold decent pizza with this place.

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    1. re: jrvedivici

      I liked their pies. And, the staff was pleasant. Guess rent and expenses exceed income. Common story.

      1. re: famdoc

        Well that's exactly what I didn't get. One of the owners of Biagio was the owner of Zebu, so he knew what all the fixed expenses were. That's why I can't figure out how he felt changing it to a pizza only place would cut it better than Zebu where he offered more variety/options.

        Not trying to sound like a jerk, but there needs to be a thinning of the herd in Red Bank anyway......there are just too many eateries.

    2. Permanent, according to this, not much more info:

      1. I have to say, I am not the biggest tommy's pizza fan. I like their wings a lot better. For a $20 pie its just not really doing it for me (they aren't bad but just aren't worth it IMO)

        If you could take brothers pies and have them be served in Tommy's location, then you would have a winner!

        JR, I don't think they need less eateries, just some better ones and more unique stuff. I'd love to see a real BBQ place in RB but that would never work in that town. A korean BBQ place would be cool.

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        1. re: corvette johnny

          Just ANYTHING other than Italian/pizza/burger please! I'm not even asking for "adventurous" stuff like Korean or authentic Chinese....any run of the mill "white people" food that's not Italian would make me ecstatic! Is it too much to ask for a Greek, German, or even a French restaurant? I'd rather have the old Little Kraut back than any of these turds. Please!!!

          1. re: joonjoon

            What RB really needs is a frozen yogurt place...

              1. re: MGZ

                an $8 one would hit that sweet price point.

            1. re: joonjoon

              German would be cool! I just got back from SXM and out of all the places there I chose to eat German food one night since I haven't had any in a long time. The wife thought I was nuts LOL

            2. re: corvette johnny

              Have you been to Zoni's Coal Fired Pizza? It's got a red bank mailing address, but it is actually in Middletown on 35 NB. I like their wings the best out of all the coal fired options. It's a BYOB also. Liquor store next door for your basic stuff.

              1. re: coldsolderjoint

                yes I think 4 or 5 times now. The owners are really nice. I do like their buffalo wings better than their oven roasted wings but both are good. I like their pizza but there is better pizza around IMO.

                Does anyone know if/when Ciao bella is opening back up?

                I really hope McCloones doesn't open up a new spot in red bank. It would cool to get something unique and not italian/Mcloones in there.

            3. Bad news. I really liked the pie at Biagio. Liked the place in general, in fact.

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              1. re: MGZ

                The co owner from zebu & the other from Mossutos had a pretty big falling out, or so ive heard.

                I really enjoyed their pizza, but found myself liking it less with each visit. I felt like they were so close to competing with Porta as the best authentic pizza around, but they would always trip over themselves. Their antipasta was mediocre and the biggest let down. I enjoyed their ziti dish, which I really wasnt expecting to.

                You're going to get the same type of restaurant in there, as the oven they have will warrants it. I'm hopeful that whoever goes in there blows it out of the park, because the cost to us consumers is going to be high due to the absurd rent.

                I also heard the McClloones is in talks to take over the space previously occupied by Murphy's.... ugh

                1. re: Lcdsoundsystem

                  I hope whoever you heard about McCloones from was tone deaf and got that one wrong, uggghhhhh. They are plastering the front page of the Asbury Park Press with coupons stickers, $20 off a $40 purchase, for CJ McCloones, can't be an indication that location is doing any good.

                  I used to love Rum Runners, but I cannot say I care for any of the other takes on the McCloones brand.

                  1. re: jrvedivici

                    I keep hearing rumblings from restaurantuers in RB that its a foregone conclusion. Rum Runner was great until 3/4 of their staff up and left for WIndansea when they opened. I felt like quality slipped after that, and that was ~15 years ago.

                    Reality is that anything is better than Murphys. That place was dated in the late 90's, dismal in the early 00's, depressing by the 10's, and a blight by 2014. Without a doubt, they are the saddest rise and fall of a restaurant I've seen. They simply never changed anything other than prices. McCloone is going to have to air it out for weeks to get the stench out.

                    I'm hopeful that they save the murals down the walkway, as there's nostalgia there for a good amount of locals.

                    I wish McCloone's was smart about how their running and expanding their group of restaurants. They all seem to medle in the same air of mediocrity with similar food. Why not branch out? Look at the Wharfside people, they own 10 or so spots of differing cuisines. Why not do something like that.

                    To me the best example of this I've seen is either David Burke (but his places are to scattered across the country) or the Pappas chain out of Houston. There's seafood, tex-mex, cajun, steakhouse, etc, all with some variation of Pappas on their name. Brilliant idea and theyre a staple in that area.

                    Why not do something like that? His Sea Bright spot should have amazing fresh seafood, make CJ McCloone a great steakhouse, Pier VIllage should be American cuisine at its finest, The Supper Club should be modern takes on classic food from the supper club era.

                    If only I ruled the world.... sorry for that WAY OT rant there. I sometimes just scratch my head at business owners and wonder how they have been or are successful