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Cerrato's in Bradley Beach, quick review


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Cerrato's in Bradley Beach, quick review

bnemes3343 | | Apr 21, 2008 07:09 AM

I've only seen a couple of brief mentions of Cerrato's on CH (one positive, one negative), so I thought I'd add my 2 cents, based upon our first visit there a few days ago (mid-week). Overall I really liked the food and will definitiely return. Highs and lows:

Lows: (1) Not announcing prices on the specials. The waiter did a great job describing all of the specials, but please give prices. Otherwise, why not just print your menus without prices? (2) Small plates - I mean literally small plates. What is with places that seem to think serving a large portion on a small, crowded plate will please the diner? I find it sort of disgusting. Get some bigger china; your portions are quite large, so no need for the visual trickery. (3) One waiter. For the entire place. That and one bus-person. The place wasn't crowded (when we got there), but by the end, he was running around like a crazy person. Please spend a few bucks on at least one more waiter. On a busy night, this would be a showstopper for me (there is nothing more annoying, to me, than having a too-small staff run around the place like banshies when I'm trying to relax).

Highs: (1) Very friendly staff (the one waiter and the owner...). (2) The food. We started with a stuffed Portobello appetizer (stuffed with spinach, crab, some cheese). Although it could have been served warmer, it was really outstanding and more than enough for two to share. For mains my wife had the Lobster Ravioli (served in a tomato-cream sauce). She loved it. It was pretty good, pasta cooked properly and with good flavor. My only complaint is that it was way over-sauced. I had a dish called Shrimp Vespucci. About 1/2 dozen very large shrimp over linguini with arugula and sun dried tomatoes in a white wine sauce. It was absolutely wonderful. I don't know if I have ever had shrimp in a restaurant cooked this perfectly. Not overcooked eved a tiny bit. So tender, moist and flavorful. The dish was bursting with flavor. For desert, I had a very, very nice single espresso. Sadly, my wife went for the Tiramisu, which I would advise passing on (I was informed that their signature chocolate desert was still semi-frozen??)

Overall, the lows are pretty minor and the food was great. We will go again and explore more of their dishes (the Osso Bucco was a temptation).

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