Italian cuisine was born when, after building the city of Rome, Romulus and Remus discovered Greece didn't deliver to their new address. Taste the origins of an empire with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a three-course Italian dinner for two at Tre Amici in Long Branch (up to a $92 total value). The dinner includes:
- Two appetizers (up to a $14 value each)
- Two entrees (up to a $28 value each)
- One dessert (up to an $8 value)
Chef Matthew Zappoli, winner of the Food Network’s Chopped, fills Tre Amici's hearty menu with house-made pasta and Italian seafood dishes. Diners start off with the stuffed shrimp scampi, where butterflied shrimp dusted in seasoned breadcrumbs swim and play Marco Polo in a pool of scampi sauce. Relaxed by the dulcet tones of the live band, patrons then indulge in main courses such as the hazelnut-crusted bass with sautéed spinach, baby beets, and a celery-root coulis, or the fettuccine tartufo, accentuated with cremini and shiitake mushrooms and punctuated by a truffle-sherry cream sauce. In the warm glow of Tre Amici’s orange walls, the long island duck two ways delights taste buds with a roasted duck breast and a duck-leg confit alongside lavender jasmine rice and figs grown right outside the restaurant. Duos round out their meal by conversing over BYOB beverages and synchronizing satisfied sighs with a sweet treat from Tre Amici’s dessert menu.
Tre Amici Modern Italian Restaurant & Bar
Brothers Paul and Matthew Zappoli went out into the world to make their fortunes, but a chance to build something together brought them back to New Jersey. Chef Matthew Zappoli, a 2010 winner of Food Network's Chopped expertly plates Italian favorites, such as chicken piccata or veal parmesan. Each bite attests to epicurean abilities, honed at the Culinary Institute of America, that have earned the chef praise from Bon Appétit and appearances as the featured chef at The James Beard House.
Hand-crafted pasta lounges in fresh sauce, and local ingredients make up appetite-trouncing accouterments. On some weekend evenings, warm tangles of guitar notes drift from the playing area laid out before the wood-burning oven. And a row of outdoor seats lets diners bask in the sun or maintain the hope that a lost kite will still come back.
Long Branch City
628 Ocean Ave.
Long Branch, New Jersey 07740