Fare: Traditional Italian
Food Quality: Above average. Their home made pastas, prepared imported ingredients, and pizzas are well prepared and tasty
Service: Waitstaff is friendly and attentive
Ambiance/Decor: Dark rustic industrial chic with a festive atmosphere
Overall Rating: 2 1/2 Stars
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 Star = poor to Four stars = Best in Class
Fare: Traditional Italian
Noise Level: High - Very High
Recommended For: Diners with a group of friends or relatives who enjoy good Italian food and beer/wine in a rustic industrial - chic setting with a loud, vibrant festive atmosphere
Not Recommended For: Diners who enjoy traditional Italian food in a quieter setting.
Recommended dishes: When available, Salsiccia Grigliata ( grilled Italian sweet and hot sausage): The Strozzopretti Bolognese (beef, veal, pork, Italian tomato, fennel, Mascarpone) and The oven fired pizzas.
Liquor: Good selection of home brewed, U.S & European craft beers and Italian wines. American Wines not available.
Birravino is a popular Italian Trattoria with industrial - chic atmosphere that features good Italian food, and a good selection of Italian wines and locally brewed beer
The restaurant is owned and operated by Vic Rallo who also serves as the host of the TV show Eat! Drink! Italy!
Vic Rallo is a frequent visitor to Italy with close relationships with the food, restaurant & wine industry in Italy.. Vic Rallo is also the co-owner of Undici restaurant in Rumson.
They serve a well executed traditional Italian menu. Many of the dishes are created with imported ingredients. Homemade pastas and pizza are excellent. The menu includes a selection of old-world-style pastas, seafood, and meats along with pizza, panini, salumi and antipasti.
The restaurant features both beer and wines --- hence, Birravino means Beer & Wine in Italian.
They serve their own brewed beer and crafts from around Italy and the United States. The wine list contains over 85 wines by the bottle from Italy & Europe, and over 15 wines by the glass. American wines are not available.
The featured beers that are brewed in house and are of good quality and stands up well against the popular U. S. based craft brewers.
Great place to go with a large group of people or a small group of friends
The interior has a darkened industrial chic style feel with exposed brick walls, bare floors, brick walls, and metal-topped tables, and a vibrant bar scene with large display TV's.
The tables are spaced very close together, not ideal for conversation. There are also communal tables that can be shared with others.
If you value good conversation, ask for a table near the corner and away from the communal tables and the bar.
They have a small private room in the wine cellar that can be enjoyed by a small group.
During the summer months there is outdoor dining. A plus in the Red Bank area is their large, on-site parking lot.
(updated: August, 2020)
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