Posted 14 November 2012 - 11:08 PM
Nice place. Really nice place.
Large industrial space, cinder blocks make up two walls, glass garage doors on the third side, and a large open kitchen with two beehive ovens in view. Lights hanging on wires, free standing bar in the center of the room. Long communal tables. No big screen TVs. No TV at all, actually. In addition to the large glass garage doors to the patio, the other walls are decorated with doors of every shape, size, and color
Friendly service, good collection of bottled, canned, and draft beer. Whimsical mixed drinks.
Very light flexible pizza, char on the bottom. Dee and I split an Autumn Betty (three kinds of mushrooms, tallegio, mozz). Looked to be a 13 inch size. The bread is excellent, really has a good taste.
Also had a pork and greens sandwich. Inspired by the DeNic specialty, this was a sandwich of sliced pork pieces and rabe, with a spoonful of spicy cooking broth. Wrapped inside a thick pita-sized slice of the grilled bread. Big sandwich, messy to eat, but it was very tasty. Big pieces of meat, seasoned greens.
I had a Nuova Mattina (very dry, slightly sweet, nice head). Dee had a Genessee Cream Ale.
Not an especially inexpensive shore joint. The pizza was about $15, the Mattina was $12, the sandwich was $8.50, the cream ale might have been $5. Very nice place. We probably could have done quite well with two Jennies, and one pizza
The restaurant took some water during the recent storm. "About a foot" I was told, and electric was out for a day and a half. As the restaurant is about a block from the ocean, they are prepared. Much of the kitchen is up a small ramp, perhaps 18 inches off the main floor. The ovens sit on a nice pedestal, and the pedestal is up on the higher platform. Electric junction boxes are high on the walls, or on the ceiling. I didn't notice any low level electric connections at all, not even at the bar.
Contrast this to Rutt's Hut, an old school Jersey hot dog legend. You can't even get across the parking lot without encountering pigeons who are so bold that they try to take bites of hot dogs from people who are walking to their cars. These pigeons are so brazen that they routinely shake down rats for lunch money.
hotdoglover, describing the well known Clifton NJ dog house