March 29, 2011

Restaurant Review

Toscanas Pizzaria and Restaurant
474 New Jersey 28,
Bridgewater Township, NJ 08807
 (908) 595-2000

Last Saturday evening Chris and I had the chance for a little one on one time with our son Michael. We had dropped Grace off at an evening birthday party and decided to take Michael out to dinner. We had to pick a kid friendly place for Michael, reasonable cost for Chris and good food for me. Toscanas is a participating establishment with so Chris purchased a $25 coupon and we were on our way.

This was my first time at Toscanas and I was pleasantly surprised. The restaurant is located in a fairly new strip mall on route 28 in Bridgewater. The interior is decorated in a Tuscan style. The sit down part of the restaurant with menus and waiters was located on the right, and a traditional pizzeria style format on the left. This did lend itself to being a bit on the loud on the restaurant side, but afterall it was a Saturday evening. We didn't have to wait very long to be seated but I have to say that we were lucky because every table was taken but one, ours. Immediately, we received water and our menus. Oh yeah, the place is a BYOB and so our wine was promptly opened and poured.

The menu was typical of what most Italian eateries have to offer so I decided to go with the Bolognaise. Chris on the other hand selected a swordfish in a lemon sauce with vegetables and Michael had the chicken parmesan off of the children's menu. We also decided to try the portabella mushroom appetizer. I have to say that the appetizer was my favorite dish of the evening! It was portabella with spinach and mozzarella cheese in sweet balsamic vinegar… delicious. My Bolognaise could have stood a little bit more in the way of meat and the flavor was just OK for me, but the lemon sauce on Chris's fish was excellent and the vegetables were cooked perfectly. Even Chris ate the cooked carrots which is something he will usually leave on his plate.

The service was good and the staff was very pleasant and attentive...something you normally would expect in a restaurant of finer dining. And the best part was the prices were spot on! They totally reflected the quality and quantity of food presented. And then we had the $25 coupon in hand which reduced our bill to roughly $40.00.including tax and tip.

I would recommend Toscanas to anyone who wants a nice dining experience without the high cost, a kid friendly environment and fairly good quality of food and service.

My Rating *** 1/2 out of 5

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