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That’s Italian! New Mama Mia’s Restaurant in EHT Superb -Fabulous - Delicious! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Oct 16, 2009 at 01:02 PM

That's Italian! New Mama Mia's Restaurant in EHT Superb -Fabulous - Delicious!

New on the restaurant scene at the Jersey Shore is Mama Mia's II in Egg Harbor Township. Owner Joe Massaglia's  Mama Mia's restaurant is open after a long wait. You'll find an intimate setting that will make you feel like you are in Italy. The staff is very attentive and helpful and the food is fabulous. It should be at the top of the list of next places to dine.

The décor is exquisite, warm, welcoming and Joe told me he is the decorator! Bravo! Check out the mural of Portofino Italy and the Mayor Sonny McCullough boat!

Make sure to get reservations 484-8877 and my advice-this is not the place for kids. They have a great take out, if you have kids, but make this a night for just you and your sweetie! Mainly because they don't have a kids menu and it is kinda pricey, but not over the top...and don't forget to dress up to make it an occasion.  With 8 tables you will feel like family.

Joe was born in Italy and believes in using the freshest ingredients and always delights with creative specials. Mama Mia's also offers catering and Joe gives a lot of time to charity work making the Restaurant Gala a huge success every year!

We were thrilled to enter the beautiful cozy restaurant and enjoyed with a great bottle of wine BYOB, and delicious homemade breads along with pizzas and a fresh bruschetta for each of us compliments of the chef. Next you are served a delicious salad with Caesar dressing and fresh parmesan cheese. You'll enjoy reading the menu while you enjoy the first courses.

We all devoured our meals. I enjoyed creamy risotto with prawns and scallops (below), my husband enjoyed the breaded veal chop (left) with garlic breading on a bed of lettuce and tomato. One of our friends raved over the Mediterranean Sea Bass, bronzini, on a bed of fingerling potatoes (bottom), local olives and string beans-that was filleted table side by the owner. They also serve the best homemade gnocchi with a sage cream sauce and I want to go back soon to enjoy.


For dessert we savored the freshest homemade cheese cake and heavenly tira mi su!


Mama Mia's 6105 West Jersey Ave. (corner of English Creek Rd & West Jersey Ave) Egg Harbor Township

484-8877 Reservations Suggested BYOB

Other location on Rt 9 & 50 in Seaville, NJ 624-9322

The website includes some of his best recipes including Penne alla Mama...You'll loveit!

Check out my new blog


Last Updated ( Oct 16, 2009 at 02:38 PM )
Romance, Great Food, the Royal Treatment- All Your's at the Washington Inn in Cape May PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Oct 02, 2009 at 05:47 PM

Romance, Great Food, the Royal Treatment- All Your's  at the Washington Inn in Cape May

Summer is now a fading memory, and I am finding time to sit back and reflect on another great summer at the Jersey Shore. One highlight was dinner with friends at the Washington Inn which was a perfect evening. There are many reasons that The Washington Inn is one of the top restaurants in the whole area. There is the charm of the circa 1840 building with a classy bar, an extensive wine cellar and great dining rooms. The staff is knowledgeable and attentive, the place is immaculate and cozy and the food, superb.

Where shall I begin? The Washington Inn is in the heart of this Victorian seaside resort, so parking can be tricky. But no worries they have valet parking. We had friends in from Texas so this was the perfect place for a night out on the town! We started out with a refreshing bottle of Pinot grigio from their wine cellar & some delicious bread.                          


I really enjoyed the Romaine salad with parmesan dressing, grape tomatoes, croutons and white anchovies. We were also treated to a unique beet and cheese bruschetta compliments of the Chef Mimi Wood.

My husband had been craving their crab cake appetizer and was not disappointed. I ordered the shrimp & spaghetti pasta, with chilies, garlic, sundried tomatoes & arugula. The only problem was I did not understand "chilies "as meaning spicy, but that's a good way to learn about tastes in new foods.

Another fantastic entre was filet mignon (Top)with a rich burgundy sauce, potatoes, roasted peppers, blue cheese butter. The Prix fixe scallops were fine, but my friend wished she had been a little more adventurous. Her husband raved about the hazelnut crusted halibut special. (Left)

Everything is a work of art here and the desserts are no exception. We all devoured our desserts which included blueberry crisp, the seasonal peach trio -(Left) amazing peach strudel, homemade peach ice cream & peach cobbler; the figure-friendly Angle food cake with berries and the decadent chocolate molten lava cake with home made ice cream. (Below)

Executive Chef Mimi Wood does a superb job keeping this top rated restaurant at the top of the list! Make plans to go soon!

Tips: Make reservations well ahead! Get there early and spend some time enjoying a cocktail in their warm & cozy bar area.

The Washington Inn will be participating in Restaurant Week (Oct 18 - 25) but will be open Oct. 18, 21 - 25. $35.09 for a wonderful dining experience!!


The Washington Inn 801 Washington St. Cape May 609 884-5697


Last Updated ( Oct 02, 2009 at 06:19 PM )
Some Great Places to Eat at the Jersey Shore PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Aug 29, 2009 at 03:34 PM

Some Great Places to Eat at the Jersey Shore

Cape May County

Harbor View Restaurant & Bar

The views of Cape May's harbor are beautiful from this neat restaurant with dockside dining. We enjoyed u peel shrimp, a crab cake sandwich, a grilled chicken sandwich and crab balls. A little pricey. You turn left at the light at the end of the parkway before you enter Cape May. The restaurant will be on your right.

Nightly entertainment & cool breezes on the deck.

Harbor View Restaurant 954 Ocean Drive Cape May 884-5444



L's Restaurant & J Bones Tavern

Great food specials at the former Corbin House on Rt. 50.

Super Saver Specials 3 course meal for $13.50/ Weds. Night Pasta Night All you can eat for $10.00

We had a fabulous time and were there for Monday Night Mussels for $5! Wings on Thursday Night for $5. Check out the Tribute Wall to those who have served in our military.  

6 flat screen TVs at the bar area.

Choice of cozy tavern dining or a formal dining area.

L's Restaurant 119 Rt. 50 Corbin City 628-3024



Levari's Seafood & American Grill

This local hangout was formerly The Triton Bar but it has had a beautiful facelift! Good food with no frills and outdoor casual dining. For Dinner we enjoyed crab cake sandwich, broiled seafood combo and surf & turf: filet mignon and shrimp. Tuesdays 2 Tacos for $1, Margaritas $4.

Levari's 1291 Rt. 50 Petersburg 628-2225 formerly the Triton Bar


Charming Carriage House in Cape May at the Physick Estate.

The Carriage house in Cape May is a great place to go when you have lady friends in town or just want to go out with a friend. Recently my niece was in town from Georgia and we had a wonderful time enjoying tea overlooking the beautiful gardens. We enjoyed sconces with clotted cream and lemon curd, finger sandwiches, a lovely pot of tea and for dessert cheese cake and a flan. The best tea at the shore!

Carriage House at the Physick Estate 1048 Washington Street Cape May

Opens at 11:30 am 884-5111 for reservations.


Atlantic County

Café 2825

In Atlantic City you will get the best homemade Italian food around, next to Chef Vola (another one of my favorite places.) We had a marvelous meal celebrating a special occasion and the night was truly special. The staff was very attentive  and we even had a nice conversation with the owner. Everything was just perfect...the homemade ricotta cheese is the richest, creamiest texture- nothing like store bought. I fell in love with the Sunday Gravy, sauce with an enormous delicious meatball, braciole and sausage. You must try this place. Plan in advance for this exquisite dining experience.

Cafe2825 - 2825 Atlantic Avenue Atlantic City 344-6913 Parking behind the restaurant.

Doc's Place Restaurant

Great views of the bay in Somers Point at Doc's. We enjoyed New England clam chowder, jumbo lump crab salad and refreshing tira mi su! (below)

A great place to see and be seen!

Doc's Place 646 Bay Ave Somers Point 926-0404

Godfather's at the Shore in Somers Point offers casual dining and great Italian food for take out too. The chicken parm and pasta is great and the sauce is superb! Try their pizza too! Newly renovated! Great prices!

The also own Amor Restaurant on Bay Avenue in Somers Point. One of my favorite places.

Godfather's 661 New Rd. (Rt 9) Somers Point 653-4825

Last Updated ( Sep 10, 2009 at 10:56 AM )
Sunset Bay Restaurant - Cool breezes, dramatic sunsets and a time to relax! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Jul 07, 2009 at 03:51 PM

Sunset Bay Restaurant - Cool breezes, dramatic sunsets and a time to relax!

Sunset Bay Restaurant is a fun restaurant on the bay in North Wildwood with great views of the sunset, casual food and fun drinks. The Hibiscus Grille & Castaways Beach Bar is also great for the kids. There is an area in the sand for dancing and every night you're entertained by a different band. There is also a dining room for more formal dining with a full menu.

They are open for lunch and dinner and  are now serving breakfast on Saturday and Sunday . On their website I noticed Bubba Mac's Band is there on Sundays from 1 -5 pm.

You'll get the feel you are in the Carribean. Don't go if you are in a hurry, but if you are looking for a laid back place to watch the sunset, have a cool drink, enjoy a band and have a bite to eat, then this is the place for you. They also offer non alcoholic Strawberry Daiquiris, Pina Coladas and  Margaritas.

At the Hibiscus Grille we had nachos, a crab cake sandwich and a hamburger. Check out the dinner menu as well. They take reservations for the main dining room which is recommended. There is also a cool gift shop and a mini golf course!

Sunset Bay Restaurant 400 West Spruce Ave. North Wildwood 523-0411 Exit 6 off the Parkway * on the right after you enter North Wildwood from exit 6.


Last Updated ( Jul 09, 2009 at 07:42 AM )
Ocean City’s Newest Restaurants PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Jun 16, 2009 at 04:42 PM


Jon & Patty's: Grab a bite to eat at this friendly bistro

Jon & Patty's is a delightful new restaurant on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City. Recently I enjoyed a delicious grilled panini with chicken, cheese and spinach. My husband enjoyed a fresh green salad, with cranberries, feta cheese, tomato and pine nuts and grilled boneless chicken topped with melted cheese. For dessert we enjoyed a blueberry & lemon scone and a chocolate chip scone.

There are some great soups on the menu. This coffee bar is open for breakfast and lunch.

There is outdoor seating; perfect for the summer months. John is the son of local artist Marian Talese and nephew of author Gay Talese.

Jon & Patty's Coffee Bar & Bistro 637 Asbury Ave. Ocean City 399-3377



Ocean City Seafood Company: Fresh  & Affordable Seafood

Ocean City Seafood Company is located in the heart of Ocean City at 9th & Central Ave. They have fresh seafood and an amazing key lime pie. It is great to have so many new options to dine in Ocean City, especially since Campbell's Seafood has been closed.

On our recent visit I devoured the crab cake sandwich (pictured below) w fries & cole slaw $9.49 and a cup of crab soup $4.49. The menu also includes a fried flounder sandwich $7.99.   Full platters are also available including crab imperial 18.99, stuffed salmon 19.99, shrimp 15.99, scallops 14.99, oysters 14.99, & a 6 oz. lobster 19.99. Get a Fried Bucket of seafood for $35.99: - 6 scallops, 6 shrimp, 2 crab cakes, & 2 flounder. They also have chicken, ribs and cheeseburgers for land lovers. I was very impressed with the quality of the seafood and I will definitely return.

I also recommend the key lime pie 3.99 (worth it!) which is the only dessert on the menu! You know it's good if it's the only dessert on the menu! The best key lime pie I've had was on Little Palm Island, Florida and this is definitely a close second! There is much more on the menu including a kids menu - hot dog 2.99, & grilled cheese 1.99. chicken fingers or fish 4.99 & cheese burger 3.99.

There is ample seating for 35 inside or get your food to go.

Read more about Chef Paul Raymond on their website.  

Voted Best of Shore Crab Cake 2008 Philadelphia Magazine

Ocean City Seafood Company 9th & Central 814-1203

Eat in + Take Out + Delivery - Open 11:30 am - 9:30 pm Sun. Noon - 9 pm

Clancy's by the Sea on the Boardwalk in Ocean City- Don't Miss it!

We were pleasantly surprised to see a new restaurant on the Ocean City Boardwalk between 12th & 13th Street. The new construction makes you think of an outdoor bistro in Italy. We wanted to try it before the summer crowds arrived and we weren't disappointed.

The menu offers a wide variety to choose from including seafood, London broil, burgers, wraps, chicken and veal parmigiana, ribs, cheese steaks, chicken cheese steaks and more.

Kids menu for $6.95 - Chicken tenders, hot dogs, macaroni & cheese, shrimp. grilled cheese. We started the evening with Original Chowder, a fish corn chowder. They also have French onion and a crab tomato soup. My husband enjoyed a nice size salad for $2.00 with a entrée or 5.95 alone - Greens, red onion, cucumber, carrots and tomatoes. Our friend ordered the wasabi oysters, good and spicy!

The seafood potpie $21.95 was chock full of seafood- shrimp, scallops, lobster and fish with a creamy sherry sauce topped with puff pastry and mashed potatoes. An excellent choice. The chicken pot pie $12.95 was also very tasty with a rich cream sauce, chunks of chicken and vegetables. The chicken parmigiana $15.95 was a large portion of breaded chicken with a tasty red sauce and provolone cheese.

Ocean City is a dry town so they offer virgin smoothies, pina colada, strawberry and banana to name a few. The sweet iced tea seemed like a mix that I didn't care for.

Our friends recently had breakfast here and their only complaint was the service was a little slow. Hopefully they will work out any kinks. The servers were very friendly. We really wish this new venture well. Why not stop by and then take a stroll on the boardwalk. Don't forget quarters for the parking meters, 4 quarters an hour.

There is outdoor seating with umbrellas on the boardwalk to watch the people go by or inside for more formal dining.

Clancy's by the Sea 1244 Boardwalk Ocean City 398-3344

Open Breakfast Lunch Dinner



Last Updated ( Jun 16, 2009 at 09:11 PM )
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