That's Amore Italian Grill, Manalapan, NJ:
A Restaurant Review

That's Amore Italian Grill
430 Route 9 North
Manalapan/ Englishtown, NJ
(732) 536-0886

Restaurant Highlights

Fare:  Italian

Price:  Moderate

Food Quality:  2 Stars

Service: 1 1/2 Stars

Decor: 2 Stars

Overall Rating:  2 Stars

Note:  Four star Rating System from 1/2 Star = poor to Four stars = Best in Class

Reasonably priced food served in huge portions

Food is traditional, menu does offer creative dishes

Value:  Very Good

Noise Level:  Moderate

Dress:  Casual

Recommended For:  Diners who enjoy traditional Italian food served in huge portions at a casual family setting.

Not Recommended For:  Diners who prefer a formal setting with many added fine dining amenities and old world style service.

Recommended dishes:  When available, Rigatoni in a Creamy Vodka sauce with prosciutto and shallots; Clams with Linguine with a choice of red or garlic sauce, and the Veal Parmigiano with linguine.

Liquor: BYOB

Restaurant Review

That's Amore is your typical, traditional red sauce Italian restaurant that finds itself one of many similar Italian restaurants in the Freehold-Manalapan area that is over populated with mediocre Italian restaurants.

On the upside, the food portions are very large and reasonably priced.

The decor is attractive. Located in a free standing building on the north lane of Rt 9, the walls are adorned with Italian paintings with scenes from Italy, and accented in stucco and terra-cotta. A gas fireplace in the rear of the dining room provides a warm glow.

On the downside, most of the servers are unprofessional, a little gruff, and lack interest in making the effort to ensure the dining patron is pleased. If you want fresh ground pepper, or grated cheese, you will have to flag down the server, similarly, if you want your bottle of white wine placed on ice. The menu selections are old style Italian, and lack the creativity found at many of the areas Italian restaurants.

Having said that, That's Amore is filled to capacity on weekends, largely due to its generous portions and reasonable prices.

A highlight of the dinner is the very tasty, and warm oven-baked rolls. The salad is complimentary with most entrees, but very average.

That's Amore is child friendly.

Open Monday - Thursday: 11-10pm; Friday & Saturday 11-11pm & Sunday 12-10pm

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