Christie's Italian Seafood Grill
A Howell, NJ Restaurant Review
Fare: Traditional Southern Italian
Price: Moderate - Expensive
Noise Level: Moderate
One of the best Southern Italian restaurants in Western Monmouth County.
The Chef/Owner is energetic with hands-on attention to detail in the running of the kitchen and dining area.
Not much to improve upon
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy well prepared southern Italian food offered at a reasonable price
Not Recommended For: Diners who prefer eclectic Italian food in an upscale, trendy ambiance with full bar service.
Recommended dishes: When available, One of the Specials; The Veal Frances, lightly dipped in Flour & Egg, sauteed in Lemon, Butter, & White Wine, accompanied with Fresh Broccoli Spears; and the Lump Crab Cakes with lump Maryland crab meat broiled and glazed with a Reube Blanc Sauce.
Christie's Restaurant is one of the best Southern Italian restaurants in Western Monmouth County.
Located in the Howell Center, a strip mall off Route 9, Christie's is owned and operated by Chef Rosario Colandrea.
Chef Colandrea began his cooking career in the scenic hills of the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy. His menu is traditional Italian reflecting the regional southern Italian style of cooking. The ingredients used in the preparation of the menu items are fresh, and of a high grade, with an emphasis on wild caught seafood.
The menu offers a large variety of selections complemented by a number of daily specials.
Rosario Colandrea stands apart from the many chef/owner operated Italian restaurants in Western Monmouth County with his energetic, hands on management of the food procurement, the kitchen, and the dining area, His attention to detail is apparent in the quality of the dishes leaving the kitchen.
Roasrio can be seen energetically moving back and forth from the kitchen to the dining area where his warm, friendly demeanor can be witnessed in the dining area as he stops by tables to ensure that diners are having a very satisfying dining experience.
The interior has two dining rooms and an expanded new party room that can also be used to accommodate an overflow crowd. The decor is attractively done up in soft earth tone walls. The ambiance is complemented with soft lighting and classical Italian background music.
Service is friendly and attentive.
If you happen to forget to bring a bottle of wine, there is a liquor store conveniently located in the strip mall steps just steps from the restaurant.
Christie's restaurant is family friendly with children's menu.
Christies Restaurant is open seven days a week for dinner, and every day except Saturday for lunch.
There is ample on-site parking.
Reservations are recommended. Without reservations you are apt to stand by in a small, cramped waiting area.
(updated: September, 2015)
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