An original-recipe pie fresh from the oven. Carlos Rosas tosses dough for a pizza, below.(Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)
By SUSAN ERICSON
Self-styled devotees of Mr. Pizza Slice raised quite an uproar when redbankgreen reported the Red Bank stalwart was under new ownership and — heaven forbid — would be updating both the decor and menu.
The beloved Monmouth Street hole-in-the-wall on has now been refurbished with, among other touches, exposed brick walls that replace cheap paneling, giving the room a cozier feel than the laundromat vibe of its predecessor.
More importantly, new owners Nick Napoletano and Tom Cappello had a fantastic idea when they decided to keep a favorite menu item while bringing in plenty of new ones, including impressive sandwiches and gourmet, New York-style pies.
A sizable eggplant parmigiana sandwich on foccacia bread served in the open-kitchen dining room at Gaetano’s. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)
By SUSAN ERICSON
When your day is filled with decisions and you get to that point where all you’re craving is a simple, easy, and effortless lunch, Gaetano’s on Wallace Street in Red Bank is a breath of stress-free fresh air.
Owner Tom Capello’s style of cuisine is what he calls regional Italian, offering familiar dishes and large portions. Oilcloth-covered tables, tile floors, and a kitchen open to the dining room in customary trattoria fashion keep the restaurant casual and comfortable. That homey sense of eating in someones kitchen comes to mind —if that kitchen happened to have an enormous pizza oven dominating the room.
What’s Lunch Meet? Created by borough resident and redbankgreen webmaster Kenny Katzgrau, it’s a loose assemblage of epicures in which any member can suggest a get-together, whether it be for lunch, happy hour or dinner. It’s all coordinated through the group’s Facebook page.
This meetup was called by another Red Banker, Tom Musumeci. No one attending had eaten at Delfini before, but everyone came away impressed by the fresh ingredients and array of choices.
Glass littered the floor at Jersey Mike’s Subs in the City Centre strip mall on Water Street in Red Bank after a vehicle jumped the curb and crashed into the storefront at about 8 a.m. Tuesday. Store manager Steve LaCicero was inside at the time, but the store wasn’t yet open. “If he hadn’t hit the pillar, he would have driven into the store,” LaCicero said. Information on the identity and condition of the driver was not immediately available.
Long the home of the Little Kraut, the building at the corner of Bridge Avenue and Oakland Street in Red Bank now hosts a two-story version of the relocated San Remo. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
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Mohamed Elbery shows his son, Karim, how to chop parsley finely enough to make tabouli, a salad featuring onion and garlic. (Photos by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)
By STACIE FANELLI and DANIELLE TEPPER
If you’ve never tried baba ghanoush, Mohamed Elbery will hook you up. If you don’t like it, don’t worry there won’t be any hard feelings. He’ll just be pleased to have been able to offer you a bite of his culture.
Mediterranean food is an acquired taste, Elbery admits, but Café28, on White Street in Red Bank, has enough loyal regulars to keep him in business and able to afford to give out the occasional free sample. He said it’s the unequalled, exotic dishes that keep people coming back and keep him fearless in the face of Red Bank’s reputation for quick turnarounds in business.
“You are now in my house. You are most welcome to try it,” he said.