Joliet, I’m surprised I’m the first. Because as you know, there was a time when it repped as the best of the best in Central Jersey and with reason. The service was extraordinary, and I fondly remember the dude with the EVO cruet who would seem to appear at out of nowhere in a quasi romp to the table ala John Cleese to pour into a small plate for dredging some of their signature breads. But seriously, the service, the conversation , and knowledge by the staff was just over the top.
The decor was wild too… heavy velvet drapes, a lot of brass, candelabras, and I’ll always remember those large glass vats of grappa.
The meals were always quite good. I was there a couple of times, maybe 3, and I was always on the guest side of it for all 3 as one vendor of mine always took the time. Thanks Bob McKenna wherever you may be these days. Having trouble remembering what I ordered. Perhaps a filet and tail, and most definitely one of their signature veal dishes. I do remember some extraordinary desserts as well.
While I worked in nearby Somerset, I’m hard pressed to pinpoint when they actually closed shop.