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Via 45 ~ Red Bank


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Via 45 ~ Red Bank

Angelina | | Sep 16, 2009 06:52 AM

My husband and I went here for dinner last night and I must admit, it was very good. We have been a fan of Claudette's cooking when she owned the place in Old Bridge. I really like the fact that the menu changes daily. It is all about freshness, and that is what you will get.

Claudette greeted us promplty and even told us if there was something we wanted that was not on the menu last night, she would make it. We started off and shared an appetizer of fresh littleneck clams in a delicious tomato sauce. Lots of garlic, which we both love. The clams were all fresh, so smelly clams here! Even better, was dipping the great bread into the sauce....yum!!

For dinner, I had the soft shell crabs. They were prepared in almost like a francese sauce, but not overly battered. Came with green beans that were sauted to perfection! My husband had penne with cubes of chicken breast, tomato, and basil. I know these dishes don't sound really unique, but what I really love about a place is when you can taste every single element that went into the dish. This is why I keep saying "Fresh" because you really will see just how fresh and cooked to order everything is.

Claudette even had this conversation with us and she told us some people do not get this concept. Most people, which I agree with her, want their dinner in 10 minutes and want to be rush-rush. I see that almost everywhere here in the restaurants we all go to. What a bad way to live! Some of these people need to go to Europe, and see how much more relaxed it is! I enjoy eating slowly and I hate when the entree comes out too fast. That tells me either the dish was pre-cooked and they reheated it, or it was 1/2 way cooked and then they finished it off. Either way, I hate it.

Some people may disagree with me about dining slowly and enjoying every last minute with whomever you may be with, but this is how my husband and I dine out!

With this said, the food was incredible. No room at all for dessert, and have leftovers for today! The total came to $ 60.00 before the tip. Excellent deal for the quality of food, plus it is a BYOB.

I highly recommend and I look forward to another dinner at Via 45!

No website for a menu, since it changes daily, but you can call and ask what is on the menu for the day! Enjoy!

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