WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? EUROPA GRILL TAPAS

111916europa3A hot sampler for two from the appetizer/tapas menu at Europa Grill. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

WFL what's for lunch?New to the Shrewsbury Village strip mall in Shrewsbury, Europa Grill fills in the storefront left empty by Rosina’s Ristorante. Like its predecessor, it serves Italian food, but that’s where the similarity ends.

Mediterranean-themed frescoes, including an attention-grabbing celestially painted ceiling, brighten the decor. Tables set with linens, comfortable seating, and friendly, helpful service add up to a more formal but lively atmosphere.
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PAELLA, FROM VALENCIA TO RED BANK

paella 3Alberto Garcia working his paella pan. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumIn a backyard in downtown Red Bank, Alberto Garcia watches over two fragrant pans of simmering paella, carefully bringing the saffron-seasoned rice, chicken and seafood to tender perfection.

Garcia, who hails from Madrid, tells PieHole he remembers first having paella when he was a young boy vacationing in Valencia, a beach town in Spain renowned for its food.

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