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Monmouth County’s 10 Best Italian Restaurants

I asked my friends on the Monmouth County News Facebook page to name the best Italian restaurant. Based on their suggestions, here is the top 10 along with some recent reviews!

Lubrano's 36 Italian Eatery
Lubrano’s 36 Italian Eatery


Lubrano’s 36 – Middletown



The chicken parm was really good! The sauce is awesome! I got it with a side of vodka sauce and it was yummy. The bread was my favorite part and the oil! So delicious. Will come back again! It’s hard to find really good Italian food, especially moving from New York finding good Italian food in New Jersey is tough lol!


Johnny Piancone's
Johnny Piancone’s


Johnny Piancones – Long Branch



Great food, great service, the real deal. Closest thing to a NYC dining experience down the shore.




Trama’s Trattoria – Long Branch



I found this restaurant on Instagram with all the tempting food pictures I saw! I came her last weekend, and everything was just amazing! Atmosphere was very nice and the food was delicious. The chicken over polenta was outstanding!! The scallops over risotto also excellent! I finished with the ricotta cheesecake out of this world! Andrew my server was also very attentive and helpful. I’ll be back soon!




Anjelica’s – Sea Bright



Went there for the first time Thursday. From the moment we were seated through the entire meal, service was excellent. Had the veal piccata which was excellent. We split a pasta entree for our starter and that was excellent as well. This will be a regular dining spot for me.


via 45
via 45


via45 – Red Bank



Food perfectly cooked and delivered. Great atmosphere and so good you have to make a trip to the kitchen to thank the chefs. They really appreciate it. Will be back again great for couples date night and remember to make a reservation. All their dishes are outstanding.


Brando's Citi Cucina
Brando’s Citi Cucina


Brando’s Citi Cucina – Asbury Park



We had a party of 12 … lots of delicious apps .. polenta, meatballs, clams, mussels, calamari, wings, and all delicious!! Entrees came out at the same time ... Filet Mignon that was so tender you didn’t need a knife to cut it. The Sunday Gravy was to die for… just like Mama used to make. The Eggplant parm was enough for three people. Chilean seabass was done to perfection. Then came desserts … oh my .. scrumptious tiramisu.
Staff was very attentive … great ambiance. Definitely recommend Brando’s...




Patrizia’s – Red Bank



I love to eat and Patrizia’s did not disappoint. The calamari and vogole were superb. The pizza was perfectly cooked. The catfish with broccoli rabe was outstanding. But wait, the deserts were excellent. I recommend it.




Christine’s – Atlantic Highlands



The food here is amazing! The owner Ron is a great guy! He always treats us like family and always accommodates us with our 3 kids. He takes our daughter Sophia to see the kitchen every time we come dine, she’s been visisting the kitchen since she was 8 months old , she’s 2 years old now. We love everything on the menu. The veal meatballs are to die for. The steak is the best in the area. We were so happy to find a good restaurant with good steak near us. I Highly recommend Christine’s to everyone! No disappointments.


Jimmy's Italian Restaurant
Jimmy’s Italian Restaurant


Jimmy’s Italian Restaurant – Asbury Park



Awesome!!! The best authentic comfort Italian cooking. I felt like I’m back at my grandmothers. Enjoyed the nice ambiance and gracious service at a place I would come back again and again!!!




Tuzzio’s – Long Branch



Been frequenting Tuzzios for 13 years. They have the best red sauce! It’s a family-style restaurant that’s been around 50 years and counting. It’s like going back in time…wouldn’t change a thing. Thanks Joe, Eddie, and all the staff!


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