A Freehold, NJ Dining Review
Solo Trattoria Restaurant
7 South St
Price: Moderate - Expensive
Note: Four star Rating System from no stars = poor to Four stars = Best in Class
Well prepared Italian dishes served in large portions
Excellent Price value
When seated next to a large party, quiet conversation can be difficult
Noise Level: Moderate - High
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy good traditional Italian food served in large portions
Not Recommended For: Diners who prefer eclectic food preparations served in a trendy, chic ambiance
Recommended dishes: When available, The Pesce, Daily Fish Special; The Farfalle All 'Ammiano Bowties, shrimp, scallops, seafood in a secret family sauce; and The Bistecca "Fiorentina" Con L'osso - Aged Angus Porterhouse brushed with Tuscan olive oir with garlic and rosemary
Liquor: BYOB, if you forget your wine, there is a liquor store across the street.
The Solo Trattoria is a popular, long time Freehold favorite restaurant, at the high end of the many of mediocre Freehold Italian restaurants that are enjoyed by locals who come for old world style, traditional Italian dining.
Owned and operated by Piergiorgio Ceciarelli who is apt to be at the entrance offering a friendly welcome greeting as you enter.
The decor is soft earth tones and soft lighting with three dining areas, the the middle dining area being a long narrow shaped room. When making reservations, ask for the back room.
While Solo Trattoria serves good traditional Italian food --- they offer an an uninspiring menu and a lack of a deep commitment to the use of quality ingredients. Without the use of quality ingredients, dishes covered with heavy sauces tend to mask the taste of less than stellar ingredients. As a result, they have not risen above the pack of mediocre Italian restaurants
At the start of your meal, soft bread rolls,several of which resemble small cuts of Sicilian pizza, are accompanied with roasted garlic in oil is tasty.
The Solo Trattoria has a good selection of Italian entrees with excellent price value for under $25.00. This is especially true for lunch, and offers good price/valued. Pastas are homemade.
Their lunch sandwiches are excellent with generous portions served on a choice of Tuscan Bread, Pita or Hoagie Roll, with a Small Salad and Rosemary Parmesan Potatoes
The desserts are basic Italian, similar to what you can purchase at the local pastry shop.
Service is friendly and attentive.
Solo Trattoria is open seven days/week.
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm, Friday: 11am - 11pm, Saturday: 12pm - 11pm, & Sunday: 12pm - 9pm
(updated May, 2015)
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