Monticello At Red Bank
A Red Bank NJ Dining Review
Monticello At Red Bank
69 Broad Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701-1946
Fare: Italian American - with Mediterranean influences.
Price: Moderate - Expensive
Note: Four star Rating System from no stars = poor to Four stars = Best in Class
Well prepared Italian food with a Mediterranean influence
Wait staff while friendly and attentive, could use improvement with a better knowledge of the menu.
Large party bookings can create a very high noise level and over-whelm diners at nearby tables.
Noise Level: Moderate - High
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy southern Italian food in a low key setting.
Not Recommended For: Budget conscious diners who may prefer simpler food and lower prices.
Recommended dishes: When available, The Black Angus Fresh Cut of the Day Au Poivre; The Gnocchi Monticello: and The Fresh Catch of the Day Putanesca.
Liquor: BYOB -Though they offer a limited selection of Domenico California Wines
The Monticello, a small BYOB restaurant in Red Bank, serves up good Italian food with French, Asian, Spain, and European influences.
They are owned by brother and sister team Roberto and Katerina Giambalvo with Katerina serving as the Chef.
Chef Katerina received her culinary training at the French Culinary Institute of New York. Her previous experience has been as a chef for Monticello in Middlesex County.
The decor is attractive, with soft earth toned walls adorned with white ceramic masks on one wall, and Italian-themed paintings on the other, with soft, dim lighting to set the mood.
However, the tables are placed very close, especially along a long wall, and the noise level can get very high. Not recommended if you are looking for a cozy, quiet dining experience.
Monticello doesn't have a liquor license, but if you forget to bring your own they'll give you a wine list to order from a nearby wine store. The wines are reasonably priced and will be promptly delivered to your table.
While the food overall is good, with many other good Italian restaurants in Red Bank, they have done little to distinguish themselves from the others.
They offer an excellent value, 3 course Prix menu on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday from 3:30pm until 9:00pm
During the warmer months there is outdoor sidewalk dining
Monticello is open six days/week for dinner and Sunday brunch.
For dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 3:30 PM - 9 PM, Friday - Saturday: 3:30 PM - 10 PM & Sunday 3:30 PM - 9 PM
For Sunday Brunch: 11 AM - 3:30 PM
(updated: May, 2015)
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