An Asbury Park, NJ Restaurant Review
911 Kingsley Street
Asbury Park, NJ
Price: In expensive - moderate
Overall Rating: N/A - A casual eatery, not rated as a fine dining restaurant
Note: Four star Rating System from no stars = poor to Four stars = Best in Class
Pizzas are excellent and a refreshing departure from the many Asbury Park area traditional pizzas.
Uses fresh seasonal ingredients. Ricotta and mozzarella cheese are made on the premises.
Some diners reported the menu is very limited.
Can get very loud and overrun by kids.
Noise Level: Moderate - High
Dress: Very Casual
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy gourmet pizza in a casual, rustic, communal setting.
Not Recommended For: Diners who more traditional pizzas in a quieter setting.
Recommended dishes: When available, Prosciutto Di Parma Sandwich; Italian Stallion Pizza with San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, gorgonzola, sweet Italian sausage, and long hots; and the Carbonara Pizza with guanciale, parmigiano reggiano, roasted egg, extra virgin olive oil, parsley, and black pepper.
Liquor: Large selection of beers by the glass, bottle, and pitcher; wine. Bar scene is vibrant.
Porta Pizzeria is a very a popular place for families with kids, and the 21+ crowd after 10 pm.
The interior dining area of Porta --- means door in Italian --- is huge with a casual barn like feel to it, is adorned with old rustic doors.
The seating takes place around community picnic tables
They feature a huge bar, and in the warmer months they have outdoor dining with a beer garden atmosphere and a bocce court. It's a great place to hook up with friends for drinks and pizza.
The menu at Porta is small and reasonably priced with mostly non-traditional gourmet thin crusted pizza selections, salads, sandwiches, and desserts.
The pizzas are creatively prepared using fresh seasonal ingredients They make their own ricotta and mozzarella cheese on the premises. It's creamy and has the flavor sweet milk. The pizza is cooked in 2 large wood burning pizza ovens.
Porta's pizza and non-pizza dishes are all exceptional
They are open Monday - Thursday, 5:00 pm - 2:00 am; Friday 4:00 pm - 2:00 am, and Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 am - 2:00 am.
(updated: December, 2014)
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