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How Do You Decide the Best Italian Restaurant in Toms River?

Let us know your favorite

March 2 Update: Thanks to all the 560-plus votes, comments and reviews left on Toms River Patch. It looks like the most votes are Joey D's, with 180; Il Giardinello, with 108, and Villa Amalfi, with 55.

Toms River has no of Italian restaurants. But how did you pick your favorite?

Whether you are looking for frutti di mare or a simple "chicken parm" over linguini, or homemade gnocchi with steak tips or a big bowl of pasta fagiole, it seems the one question that could spark endless debate is the best place to get it in Toms River.

We know with so many great options picking just one is not easy, but that is what we are asking you the Patch community to do. We started with a list of 15 that already had reviews in our Places section, or that were mentioned in comments of previous polls, plus picked from different sections of our very large and diverse town.

So whether you travel from Silverton to Ortley Beach, or Pleasant Plains to East Dover, the variety of Toms River is below for you to vote on. If we missed your obvious favorite, leave it in the comments, vote "Other" or leave a review.

This week's poll is the first of many we will hold to determine your "Patch Favorites" here in Toms River. Voting for your favorite places, starting with your favorite Italian restaurant easy. All you have to do is:

  • Cast your ballot.
  • Tell your friends, family, acquaintances, co-workers, doctors, letter carriers and anyone else you know to do the same.
  • Use our comment tool to tell us what makes your favorite the best. Is the secret in the sauce, is it the crumbled sausage instead of the sliced, is it the friendly service?

The voting goes until 9 a.m. on Friday so you have plenty of time to vote. The winner will be announced at noon Friday. If there is a tie it will be decided by which business has the most positive comments and reviews on their Patch Places page. 

Editors Note: Because this poll is not scientific, it is not the sole consideration in choosing a winner. The winner will be determined by the Patch editor, based on poll results and reviews on Patch Places. Please vote only once per survey, per Patch.

wildcat6@comcast.net March 09, 2012 at 07:13 PM
You're right! The reason Il Giardello's has the most votes is BECAUSE it always has $$ off coupons in the paper!! It's really not great. Thier wine prices make up for the coupons.
Nicole March 09, 2012 at 08:05 PM
WILDCAT6 - who is Il Giardello? Do you mean Il Giardinello's? If so, what wine prices are you referring to, they don't serve alcohol as they are BYO? I am confused by your post.
irisheyes0201 March 15, 2012 at 02:31 AM
The best kept secret in Toms River is Trattoria Giovanni on Fischer Blvd. , a small BYOB Italian place in a strip mall across from WAWA. Wonderful soups, beautifully prepared dinners at reasonable prices, all fresh food cooked in the healthy Mediterranean style. Friendly staff, and giovanni himself will always be on hand to greet you! It is absolutely THE BEST!!!!
Rick Molinia March 27, 2012 at 03:19 PM
giovanni on fischer blvd is top quality , and maintains excellence in service. il Giardinello is the BEST restaurant in toms river... if u have ate there then you know why, if u haven't yet.. stop and grab a bottle from ur local spirits and prepare ur pallet for exquisite experience! its a shame "joey d's" is on the same list.!!! obviously a local pizza joint like all the others with alberto rodriguez cooking your chicken parm which has been in their freezer for weeks.....
Cosma December 07, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Villa Amilfi too expensive and not good italian food.

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