Listen, I get your immediate instinct to possibly dismiss Italian food when one of the most popular New Year's resolutions is weight loss.

BUT....when it is time to occasionally go out to eat you need to be chowing down on the best of the best -- especially with Valentine's Day right around the corner. 

Plus, there are healthy options at a true Italian Restaurant.

So according to NJ.com, the best Italian restaurant in Monmouth count is Via 45 in Red Bank.

This small, charming "rustic Italian" spot has a menu that is compact with the favorites and is always changing so you can always try something new. Word on the street -- try their calamari and their pork chop Milanese because it is to die for.

To check out the original article and for additional top Italian spots at the Jersey shore, click here.

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