Italian Restaurants in Freehold

Half Off Italian Food at Cafe Spezia

Ashley Plaza

$30 $15

Veal medallions, grilled North Atlantic wild salmon, and eggplant parmigiana highlight a menu of Italian entrees and house-made pasta dishes

Half Off Italian Food at Rick's Italian

Lambertville

$40 $20.99

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Celebrated chef Alex Cormier infuses gnocchi, veal parmesan, calamari, and other Italian staples with European influences.

50% Off Organic Italian Food at Naturale Cucina

Englishtown

$20 $10

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Fired in the terra-cotta brick oven, organic pizzas can be cooked to a crisp golden-brown; vegan and gluten free options available

50% Off Pizza at Villabate Gourmet

Manalapan

$30 $15

Italian favorites and fresh-made pies with inventive toppings such as the barbecue chicken pizza and the eggplant parmigiana pizza

Up to 58% Value Papa John's Pizza

Monroe

$37.46 $17

Hand-tossed pizzas slathered with sauce made from vine-ripened, California-grown tomatoes

Half Off Italian Fare at Milano Grille

Bridgewater

$40 $20

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Indoor or outdoor seating accompanies dinners of sautéed mussels, gnocchi with salmon and fresh asparagus, and veal milanese

Up to 52% Off at Alfonso's Family Trattoria Pizza and Restaurant

East Brunswick

$40 $20

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Choose from more than 21 gourmet red and white pizzas, veal or chicken dishes, seafood specialities, or plates piled high with pasta

50% Off Italian Food at La Tavola Cucina Ristorante

La Tavola

$40 $20

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Hearty Italian classics, such as mushroom ravioli, balsamic-marinated chicken breast, and veal milanese with polenta cakes

Up to 53% Off at Mamma Mia Pizzeria

Hazlet

$25 $12.50

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Chefs shower crusts with sausage, fresh mozzarella, and homemade sauce and layer subs with Boar's Head meats

Up to 53% Off a Mozzarella-Making Class or Italian Food

Manasquan

$140 $74.75

Students learn to make mozzarella while sipping wine and tasting imported cheese; diners enjoy hot and cold sandwiches and fresh desserts

45% Off Italian Cuisine at Panico's

Multiple Locations

$40 $22

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Chefs plate artistically crafted seafood and Italian dishes including homemade pastas, sauces, and fishes deboned tableside.

Up to Half Off at Johnny G's Italian Restaurant

Johnny G's Italian Restaurant

$30 $16

Piles of pasta, piping-hot gourmet pizzas, cold and hot subs, as well as veal and chicken dishes top tables at a BYOB eatery

Half Off Italian Food at L&D's Sapore Ravioli & Cheese

Middlesex

$30 $15

Nearly 100 kinds of pasta, including homemade lobster with champagne-dough ravioli; 15 freshly made sauces; and a breaded-veal sandwich

50% Off at Goodfella's Old World Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta

Dongan Hills

$30 $15

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Enjoy award-winning brick-oven pizzas and Italian entrees and pastas in a bistro setting or at home

Up to 51% Off Italian Cuisine at Trattoria Bel Paese

Cranford

$40 $20

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Classic Italian dishes such as veal piccata, fried calamari, and salmon with smoked mozzarella

50% Off Italian Food at Café Mulino

Ewing

$40 $20

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Rustic Italian dishes such as spaghetti with homemade meatballs, handcrafted cheese ravioli, and gourmet thin-crust pizzas

Up to 50% Off Dinner at Paulie's Restaurant & Saloon

Ewing

$70 $35

Historic structure, built in the mid 1860s, houses inviting restaurant and saloon serving an array of American and Italian fare

Half Off Italian Food at Francisco's on the River

Washington Crossing

$40 $20

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Chef Francisco Argueta combines tender pastas with fresh clams, scallops and shrimp at his BYOB restaurant

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Executive Chef Matt Higgins concocts elegant interpretations of rustic Italian dishes to fill a menu that has earned praise from the New York Times for its fresh ingredients and playful flavor combinations. Toast an anniversary, birthday, or a Little League World Series title with a decadent dinner, starting with a savory saffron risotto infused with sage, pancetta, and a sprinkling of parmigiano reggianno ($12). Filet mignon dons a dapper suit of peppercorns as it lounges in a shallow brandy-cream river alongside fingerling-potato gondolas and bobbing roasted figs ($34). Plunge tines into a shrimp-and-scallop feast, laden with olives and grape tomatoes atop a creamy risotto ($28), or catapult tongues through clouds of gnocchi suspended in an eggplant-and-mozzarella-strewn sunset ($22).

16 W Main St
Freehold,
NJ
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L'Acqua Ristorante’s co-owners and chefs, Francesco Ippoliti and Mario Esposito, have been crafting their menu of authentic Italian eats together since August 2011. The culinary team expertly prepares tilapia contadina, as well as meat dishes such as veal L'Acqua—veal scaloppini with prosciutto and eggplant in a sherry sauce—that diners can pair with BYOB sips.

Inside the restaurant, artwork decorates colorful teal walls that match teal tablecloths and Teal, the eatery’s resident ghost dog. Candles illuminate light-brown chairs clustered together for intimate dinners or set up to accommodate private parties of up to 100 guests.

52 W Main St
Freehold,
NJ
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At Coal, chefs stoke fiery coals inside the kitchen's pizza oven, which bakes the eatery's signature thin-crust pizzas at temperatures of up to 800 degrees. Pizzas emerge from the oven with a lightly charred, crispy crust and crowned with toppings such as meatballs, prosciutto, truffle oil, and caramelized onions. Coal also bakes its sandwiches in the pizza oven, including the saltimbocca Giorgio, with prosciutto and mozzarella on housemade bread, and roasts its chicken wings over the same glowing embers.

100 US Highway 9
Manalapan,
NJ
US

Bensi co-owner Genci Previzi helms an immense menu of classic Italian cuisine, including hearty homestyle dishes with roots in Calabria, Italy. Entrees, joined by a house salad or cup of comforting housemade soup, range from spaghetti and meatballs to gluten-free grilled chicken in a lemon-garlic marinade served over a veggie medley. The chefs also prepare an array of specials such as pignoli-crusted goat cheese and arugula salad, barolo-braised veal osso buco, pan-seared Chilean sea bass with eggplant caponata, and nutella chocolate pizza with fresh strawberries. The dishes are served in a modern dining atmosphere where minimal table settings and simple dark-wood furniture keep the focus on the vibrant cuisine.

3899 US Highway 9
Old Bridge,
NJ
US

Brooklyn-style pizzas, traditional pastas, and seafood specialties sate ravenous appetites at Carlo's, where a gluten-free menu supplements the regular bill of fare. The pizza selection ranges from the Godfather pie—with seven types of cheeses and a deli counter's worth of meats such as prosciutto, capicola, and ham ($16–$24)—to the baked ziti pizza, a match made in Italy that heaps tenderly boiled ziti pasta and mozzarella onto a doughy platter ($14–$20). Carlo's 14-inch gluten-free pizza varietal comes laden with the muncher's choice of toppings and edible crypotgrams ($19+). Under the benevolent gaze of wall sconces, shrimp scampi ($9.95–$17.95) and mussels marinara ($8.95–$14.95) decorate tables with seafood, and the menu's pasta section fills plates with favorites such as the house's trademark vodka sauce with sun-dried tomatoes, draped over one of seven pastas including spaghetti, angel hair, and rigatoni ($6.95 for lunch; $11.95 for dinner).

356 US Highway 9
Manalapan,
NJ
US

Alfonso Molino began flipping dough in his parents' Brooklyn pizzeria at the age of 10. Today he helms Molino's Italian Kitchen, where he and his staff adapt the philosophy "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." In doing so, they keep their traditional and pan pies uncomplicated, basking in the beautiful simplicity of a stellar pizza margherita and showcasing toppings in one of more than 20 gourmet options. In addition to the pizzas, they prepare classic Italian entrees, including chicken cacciatore and shrimp scampi, as well as local favorites such as new york strip steak.

300 Gordons Corner Rd
Manalapan,
NJ
US