Ponte Vecchio Italian Seafood Grille
Food is well prepared - uses fresh ingredients
Good thin crusted pizza made in wood burning oven
Good for large groups and family gatherings
Reports of being inconsistent from night to night
Packed during peak hours - not suitable for a cozy, romantic dinner
This aptly named BYOB Italian restaurant --- Ponte Vecchio means old bridge in Italian --- and is the name of a famous bridge in Florence, Italy is a sister restaurant to LouCas in Edison, NJ and Fresco's in Milltown, NJ
The interior is attractive and can accommodate 180 diners seated in three separate dining rooms. The tables are comfortably spaced apart.
The menu specializes in sea food dishes though there is a good selection of pasta, chicken, veal, and beef dishes.
The restaurant is a cut above most of the mediocre Italian restaurants in the Old Bridge area, though there have been reports that from night to night, the food can be inconsistent.
The start of the meal begins with a presentation of an excellent loaf of crusty warm bread accompanied by a small bowl of freshly poured infused olive oil.
Specials are presented verbally and are generally quite good.
When available, the recommended appetizers are: The Grilled Gulf Shrimp; The Cajun Calamari; or a selection from the raw bar.
When available, the recommended dinner entrees are The Osso Buco (offered as a special); Grilled Baby Lamb Chops; and The Tuscan Style Grilled Swordfish.
When available, for dessert, try the Pumpkin Cheesecake.
Reservations are a must as they fill up quickly on weekend evenings. Parking on a Friday and Saturday nights becomes tight.
They are Child and family friendly and offer a good kids menu. They can accommodate large parties of up to 100 for special occasions
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