A Long Branch, NJ Restaurant Review
115 Brighton Ave
Long Branch, NJ
Price: Moderate - Expensive
Note: Four star Rating System from
"no stars" = poor to
Four stars = Best in Class
Food is well prepared - uses fresh, local ingredients when available.
The owners are friendly and attentive, and frequently roam the dining area to ensure customer satisfaction.
Serice can be slow and understaffed on busy weekend evenings.
Noise Level: Moderate
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy well prepared prepared Italian food using fresh ingredients
Not Recommended For: Diners who prefer a large menu of traditional red sauce Italian dishes served in huge portions.
Recommended dishes: When available,The chef's signature dish --- Long Island Duck Two Ways with roasted breast and confit leg, lavender jasmine rice, and black mission figs grown from trees on the premises; The Ricotta Gnocchi with homemade ricotta gnocchi and their signature Bolognese sauce; and The Rabbit Agnolotti with smoked rabbit, mascarpone, truffle oil, and Madeira Jus.
Liquor: Full bar service with a nice selection of Italian wines.
Award winning Executive Chef Matthew Zappoli, along with partners brother Paul Zappoli, and lifelong friend Michael Cacciuttolo own and operate Tre Amici, or as it translates to English, "Three Friends".
Executive Chef Matthew Zappoli, a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America honed his cooking skills at noted restaurants in NYC, Las Vegas, San Diego, and the Sonoma wine country. The noteworthy restaurants include; Aureole, Lutèce, and La Grenouille in Manhattan, in addition to being a featured guest chef at New York's famed James Beard House.
Chef Zappoli serves up innovative dishes with a seasonal menu using fresh, local ingredients when available, and homemade pastas with exotic sauces including; sweet onion sauce, lobster marechaira sauce, and peppercorn brandy sauce. A number of vegetarian dishes are available.
The dining room decor is cozy, done up earth toned shades of brown and gold, and an attractive marble bar. In addition to the regular menu, they offer a bar menu with well prepared small plate dishes
The service is down home friendly and attentive. The owners are hands-on involved with the patrons, walking around to personally check on their customers. The wait staff, though friendly and attentive, falls a little short on experience and on knowledge of the food.
Tre Amici is family friendly.
(updated February, 2016)
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