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091014 birravino ralloVictor Rallo in the bicycle-decorated atrium of Birravino. Below, one of the long communal, or feste, tables in the dining room.  (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)


091014 birravino5The Old World charm of Basil T’s Brew Pub is gone, along with its popular mug club, where members had personalized mugs hanging at the bar. Remodeled and repositioned as Birravino, however, the Red Bank trattoria is just as welcoming, warm and suds-friendly as its predecessor.

Nursing a broken leg from a running accident, Victor Rallo showed up earlier this week to make sure everything was running smoothly after a makoever that included completely restructuring and redecorating his Riverside Avenue institution in about a month. Before some customers even realized  the restaurant was temporarily off-line, a new name was on the building and the changes were well underway, he said.

The result? “I wanted an industrial, rustic look like you see in the trattorias or osterias of Italy,” he told PieHole,  amid the exposed brick walls, honed wooden tabletops, galvanized metal seats and an open kitchen. “Definitely something more casual” than Basil’s, he said.

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AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of April 24 to May 1, 2014. This information is unedited.

Theft occurring on 4-25-14 at Broad St. business. Owner of business reported that unknown person(s) removed a 12-foot long section of metal fencing. Sgt. Wendy Samis.

Theft occurring on 4-27-14 at West Front St. Victim reported that he left his Apple I Phone on a bench unattended for a few minutes. Upon return phone was missing. Ptl. Patrick Kennedy.

Criminal Mischief occurring between 4-25-14 and 4-27-14 at Monmouth St. business. Victim reported that unknown person(s) struck glass door and shattered same. Sgt David Hicks.

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