The tuna panini, at Undici in Rumson. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
Here’s a zesty lunch that conveys the bite of summer.
It’s the “sette,” or number seven, on the panini menu at Undici (“eleven”) at 11 West River Road in Rumson.
A sturdily built yet somehow light combination, the sette layers Italian tuna in olive oil, fresh arugula, hot peppers and black olive tapenade, which are hot-pressed in house-made wood-oven pizza bread.
Puglia’s clam pie, called the Mulberry Street. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)
By SUSAN ERICSON
A town that has more than 20 pizza venues at any one moment has some serious competition.
In Red Bank, one goes out (Biagio’s) and another is on it’s way in (Patrizia’s). For restaurateurs, breaking the habits of diners who rarely step out of the box on on their usual Friday night order is a challenge.
Dining out, though, with pizza specifically in mind, well, there’s a chance for diners to try something different.
One of the new kids in town is Puglia. If this Bridge Avenue pizzeria, located in the former home of Red Bank Pizza, seems remotely reminiscent to another time and day, that might be due to the Little Italy vibe. The place pulls you in with its promise of good Italian food, and keeps you there with comfortable atmosphere and good service.