The food may be very good, but the noise level is unbearable!!
(Actually, I can’t say everything is very good–one of our party ordered the Chitarra Primavera, which listed a lot of vegetables, but had only a very small–one might say minuscule–quantity of them, and was basically just pasta and sauce.)
Lol. You are the first person I’ve heard describe their food as “very good”. Most of the comments I’ve heard are “meh” and “not bad”. For their prices there is much better Italian food in our area, and even right there in Red Bank.
Oh, and everyone agrees with you about the noise level!
Only Birravino could make me actually miss Basil T’s. What was promised to be a lower price, reasonable portions alternative to the later, has become a still high priced, small portioned overall mediocre restaurant. I really don’t understand the draw of this incarnation at all…at least with Basil T’s you had a history combined with the “beer club” (never understood a high priced Italian restaurant with a beer club) that had a long standing loyal customer base.
I find very little about this place to be tolerable, the noise level included.
Well, I’m no connoisseur, but I really liked the first thing I ordered there (Orecchiette Rapini) and Mark thought the Chicken Parm (whatever their name for it was) was pretty good. I will admit that’s a small sample.
That location is stellar. He is right near two hotels (and others if you count surrounding areas.) Plus the traffic filters into the town from 35 and the parkway via west front. People may disagree but that is a prime location. Basils used to be decent but after going to birravino twice I never went back. This is coming from a mug club member who was a patron for a long time.
I could swear on my life they had the same dreary brown mugs, with their members number sharpied on the bottom, hanging there for years. I never remember seeing mugs of any color. Maybe they stopped the colors after 2009?
I still have my key to my cigar locker from Ashes!