A Marlboro, NJ Dining Review
448 Route 9 North
Note: Four star Rating System from no stars = poor to Four stars = Best in Class
Well prepared Italian food
Ambiance - Upscale, rustic, Italian country
Limited selection of California wines
Only accepts reservations for large parties
Noise Level: Moderate
Dress: Upscale Casual
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy well prepared food Italian food with upscale, rustic country Italian ambiance
Not Recommended For: Diners who may prefer more casual dining in a less upscale setting
Recommended dishes: When available, The Branzino cooked bone -in and filleted before serving, The Galletto al Mattone -Pan-roasted free-ranch cornish hen; and The Costata di Manzo 20oz. Grilled bone-in prime rib-eye steak with homemade shoestring fried potatoes .
Liquor: Full bar service with good selection of low end reasonably priced Italian wines and specialty cocktails.
Brioso Ristorante, opened in April 2015, is the second Brioso restaurant in Marlboro owned and operated by the Dimaggio brother's; Raffaele , Pietro, and Calogero. The older of the two restaurants, Brioso Trattoria, is located five minutes north on Route 9.
Brioso Ristorante, is more high end of the two with a rustic, yet upscale Italian country ambiance and a full service bar.
For comparison, a description is provided and noted where differences occur:
Setting/Ambiance - Brioso Ristorante, the larger of the two, is located in a free standing, two story building. The restaurant occupies the 1st floor. There are three dining rooms plus the bar area with high-top tables. The two main dining rooms are attractively done up with stone and earth tone stucco walls, and large tiled flooring. The two dining areas are separated by a high partitioned stone wall with embedded wine racks. The third dining area, off to the left as you enter, is very large and is used mostly for banquets and private parties
Menu - The quality of the ingredients used and the preparation are equivalent. While there are a some items that are offered at both restaurants, - Brioso Ristorante offers a menu with less of the traditional Italian dishes. Home made pasta and gluten free options are available
Service - While both restaurants have wait staffs that are knowledgeable and experienced --- though low on energy --- the service at Brioso Ristorante is a bit more attentive with an increased presence of servers and busing staff.
Alcohol - Brioso Ristorante offers full bar service with a large attractive bar. They offer a wine list of low end, reasonably priced wines, most are Italian wines with just a few choices of USA - California wines
Parking - On site complimentary parking is available. While convenient without out having to walk to your car, the service is slow and there can be a fifteen minute or more wait on busy weekend evenings.
Brioso is open seven days/week: Monday - Thursday: for lunch from 12 PM - 3 PM, for dinner from 4 PM - 10PM.
Friday & Saturday: for lunch from 12 PM - 3 PM, and Dinner from 4 PM - 11 PM
Sunday from 1 PM - 9 PM
(update May, 2015)
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