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Bites Nearby: Jersey Shore Eats

Eat Local

You could stand on a corner and look around until a restaurant sign draws you in. But we've got a better idea. Each week, Patch's Jersey Shore region picks a great restaurant either in town or nearby that is worth checking out. Here's this week's choice:

Il Giardinello Ristorante, 1232 Route 166, Toms River. 732-286-9111.

The scene: One may not expect a fine-dining experience to be buried in a strip mall filled with mostly in-and-out services. But don’t let that exterior fool you, as Il Giardinello, located in the Stella Towne Center, offers the perfect place to go when you'd like to leave the kids with a babysitter and have  a quiet romantic evening out.

The eats: If the name didn’t tip you off, definitely enter with an appetite for Italian. Though the menu is what you’d expect to see at a typical Italian restaurant, you’ll certainly be happy with the quality of the food served here. Rich marinara sauce enhances many dishes, such as the chicken parmigiana. After the meal, you’ll want to save room for a tasty espresso and tiramisu dessert. Though there are no advertised daily specials, coupons do exist out there, so keep your eyes open and you may be able to get three meals for the price of two.

TonyNJ February 19, 2011 at 06:45 PM
Also try the Jamacian resturant, Ja Rock, located in the same plaza. Great food!!
Sue Welsh February 20, 2011 at 05:42 PM
Good eats! That's what I want! Keep 'em coming. If you recommend it, I'll try it! Susie Jean the Circus Pig
Patricia A. Miller February 21, 2011 at 12:00 AM
Dear Sue, Thanks for your input!
piney 53 March 06, 2011 at 07:24 PM
You should review Blue Collar Catering Steaks, Wings and Things on RT 9 In Foeked River. If you love Cheese Steaks and don't want to go to the board walk, check it out....The Buffalo Chicken Cheese Steak is the best.....We drive down there . from Toms River just for it. Love The Patch!!!!

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