We were given a gift certificate to this restaurant and decided on going last night. We have been to their sister restaurant, Loucas in Edison, many times and have always enjoyed our dinners.
Both Ponte Vecchio and Loucas have essentially the same menu and atmosphere. Both restaurants at peak hours are frenetic with people coming and going. At those times its not the place for a romantic evening but the food is remarkably consistent, always cooked as requested and full of flavor.
Sat down to our 8:00 reservation and a loaf of crusty warm bread was placed on the table with a ramekin of freshly poured infused olive oil. Good start.
We decided on the Hot Antipasto for two which consisted of Shrimp Scampi, Stuffed Mushrooms, Mussels, Clams, Eggplant Rollatini and Shoe String Zucchini. Each had its own sprinkle of sauce, which made each distinctive and delicious. The mushrooms were stuffed with crab rather than a typical sausage based stuffing. A large platter, plenty for two to share.
Entrees were a special of macadamia crusted grouper topped with a mango salsa and a drizzle of chardonnay beurre blanc sauce on top of wilted spinach. At first I thought there was too much salsa but DW said it was a winner and after tasting I agree. Also came with roasted potatoes. I had the baked filet of Tilapia Oreganata which was Topped with Herb Bread Crumbs glazed with that same Chardonnay Beurre Blanc Sauce. Very simple but very flavorful. Came with crisp veggies and roasted potatoes.
Both entrees were very good choices. Forgot to add that a nice complimentary house salad with whole grain mustard vinaigrette was included with my wifes dinner.
Too full for dessert, we finished our wine, a 2005 Sandler Pinot Noir. The bill for the app for two and two dinner entrees came to $59.00 before tax and tip.
Ponte Vecchio turned out to be virtually identical to Loucas. Its not cutting edge Italian but its also not like the number of boring places along Rt 9. The food is fresh and prepared with care.
If you can, I would recommend to try going during the week for an evening of more relaxed dining to fully appreciate the tasty food.
Here is the wbsite if your interested.
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