Hello all. This is my first posting after being just a long time reader. Just wanted to mention a couple of my favorite Italian places.
Georges Place on Mantoloking Rd - A BYOB with great specials - Baby lamb chops whenever they have them are wonderful, also the mussel appertizer in White or Red sauce. They also have thin crust pizza from a wood (yes wood) burining oven. That and a antipasti salad for about $25.
Via Veneto on Brick Blvd, great Veal dishes. Where else can I get La Trippa as it should be made? Tender in a light red sauce with a kick.
But the main reason for my post: Has anyone tried Jules Restaurant on Hooper Avenue in Toms River? It's in the same area as Charlie Browns, but off Oak Hill.
Yes, this is the same Jules from Franklin ave in the Jersey City heights. They also had a smaller restaurant on West Side ave in JC next to Holy Name Cemetery. (Ilvento's had the restaurant on the other side of the cemetary.)
Barbara is the chef/owner and is the granddaughter of the original owner. It's a BYOB with plenty of space between tables (probably due to the parking lot size).
Great homemade Italian, especially the Chicken Parm. I use this basic dish as the measuring stick for Italian restaurants. Also Chicken Saltimbocca, which is simple ingredients but easy to screw up.
She also makes delicious mussels in a light cream sauce. No, I have no monetary interest in Jules, other than eating at the JC location three times a week when I was just out of school and rooming with friends. She did remember our names and that was 35 years ago.
Just wanted to let you know that it's out there.