I went today to Pizzuto Ravioli in Eatontown to get some good Boars Head, a few sandwiches, and hopefully something for the hubby's dinner. This store is new, located in a little strip mall on 35 in Eatontown right before the fort. While the place was very nice and very clean, I will not be returning.
Yes, I admit I was crazy because I ventured into this store with all four of my kids, ages 6, 5, 2, and 4 months. They are very well behaved and know how to act appropriately in a business because we have our own. Nonetheless, I walked into the store and was greeted by no one. I walked over the the counter to place my order and was greeted by... no one! Despite there being at least five men behind the counter. I stood there, with a four of my children and NO other customers, and waited for five minutes for someone to wait on me. This is a pet peeve of mine. Say hello. Say we'll be right with you. Say anything. But don't ignore me. Finally, someone did me the favor of waiting on me. Ah, yes, the far too common attitude of "My food is so good you should be grateful I'm letting you buy it." I first ordered some ham for my son who does not eat sandwiches, just ham. I think if I had let him, he, being five, could have waited on me a little quicker. It took another five minutes just to get some ham. So now my bunch was getting a little restless and I wouldn't dare order any sandwiches. I probably would still be there waiting. So I asked for a piece of eggplant for my dh and went to check out. I also purchased a loaf of Italian bread and some "football" rolls. My children, hearty Italian bread eaters and being part Italian themselves, proclaimed "Wegmans bread is better than this" and on that note, I ushered them out of the store, never to return again. Dh, noticing the absence of a sandwich, ate the eggplant parm for lunch. It was greasy and lacking in flavor. Nice thin slices, though.
The moral of the story is: If you want a sandwich or some prepared foods, my favorite place is still Nino Jrs on West Park Ave in Ocean. At least if I'm ignored there, it's because they're busy! (And my kids know if they wait nicely, they'll get a cookie.)