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Il Giardinello Ristorante

A Toms River, NJ Restaurant Review

Il Giardinello Ristorante
1232 Route 166
Toms River, NJ 08753
(732) 286-9111

Il Giardinello Ristorante, Toms River, NJ


Restaurant Rating Legend
Fine Dining

No Stars Below average
One star Average
Two stars Above Average
Three stars Excellent
Four stars Best in Class

Casual Dining

N/A= A casual dining eatery, not rated as a fine dining restaurant 

Il Giardinello Ristorante

Price Moderate - Expensive
Fare Classical Italian

Restaurant Ratings

Overall Rating  

thumbs up Well prepared traditional Italian cuisine using imported and fresh ingredients

thumbs up Excellent value

thumbs downOn busy weekend nights the small waiting area can get cramped.

Value: Excellent
Noise Level: Moderate
Dress: casual
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy excellent freshly prepared classical Italian food with fresh ingredients served in generous portions
Not Recommended For: Diners who may prefer more basic menu items in a more family oriented casual setting.
Recommended dishes: Beef Braciola Pizzaiola; the Chef's Special Pasta; and the Filet Mignon Pepino.
Liquor: BYOB

Restaurant Review

Il Giardinello is a popular BYOB Italian restaurant and one of the best Italian restaurants in the Toms River area.

Located off Route 9 in Toms River in an old strip mall, don't be dissuaded by your initial reaction to the location and the decor, be seated and you will be ready for an enjoyable classical Italian dining experience of affordably priced selections prepared with tasty fresh ingredients.

The restaurant is relatively small with 25 tables set with white linen and very modest silverware. On busy weekend evenings the small waiting area can get crowded.

Il Giardinello is owned and operate by Paterson, NJ natives Joe Pisacreta and his wife Colleen.

The Northern Italian menu comes with a modest selection of traditional Italian dishes complemented by several daily specials of diverse and more upscale dishes.

The Pisacreta's strive to use top ingredients such as olive oils from Italy, as well as locally sourced fresh vegetables and fish --- prepared and cooked in separate pans.

The dining experience starts off with a less than impressive beginning as the server presents a serving of uninspiring bread accompanied by packets of diner styled butter. However, from there the dining experience improves with well prepared salads, appetizers, entrees and desserts.

Reservations are not accepted for parties under 6, but you can call up to half an hour ahead to put your name on the list.

Il Giardinello can accommodate private parties up to 90 people.

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