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Covello's Italian Seafood Restaurant, Sayreville, NJ

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Covello's Italian Seafood Restaurant, Sayreville, NJ

Passadumkeg | Jan 20, 2008 11:10 AM

First, we have been going to this restaurant for years when it was located on Washington Rd in Sayreville. Its newer location on Rt. 35 N., just over the bridge,,(near the old Robert E. Lee) is either in Sayreville or South Amboy. We just had our good bye meal there w/ my mom at New Years. We really love this restaurant and its owners, but I have 2 questions. First, the tomato sauce. It is made daily from fresh tomatoes and tastes it. I rarely have had such a fresh tasting, delicious tomato sauce and anything made with it tastes better. For appetizers we had the calamari and the mussels. The calamari is crisp, yet tender without being oily; the sauce comes in various degrees of heat, but based upon the same sweet fresh tasting tomato sauce. Ditto for the green New Zealand mussels. For entres mom had the tilapia(overcooked), my better half, the shrimp and I the scallops. All were a goodly portions with the same delicious tomato sauce. Is it me or is this sauce truly outstanding? I sometimes worry that I have lived in Maine too long and have lost my food sense. My second question deals with location. In the old spot on Washington Rd. it was small, quaint and cozy and we could drink and walk home. We had my dad's funeral luncheon there. The newer location, which we have visited several times seem cold both physically and socially. Mom freezes every time we go and comparatively the the new location is huge and has lost its intimacy. The service was excellent and so was the food, but the old sense of intimacy has been lost. Well a guy's gotta make a living, I guess. Is the sauce really that good?

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