OK, first off you wouldn’t know it existed……it is in a small “shopping center” on the east side of Shrewsbury Avenue, just south of Patterson Avenue in Shrewsbury. We had the same concerns expressed by others due to its extensive menu, but decided to give it a shot on a Thursday evening.
The place is fairly large, seating over 100 in the main area where we sat and another 80 in a banquet room which is opened when needed (apparently quite often Thu-Sun; however tonight was an exception according to our server....he said it was usually packed Thu thru Sun). Nice décor, nothing fancy but nice. BYOB.
Very attentive and pleasant staff. Got bread right away with some nice olive oil. Didn’t even need to ask for a beer glass…..waiter bought it when he saw I had beer.
The menu is extensive (no specials but have a steak night and a surf and turf night early in the week). We talked about how can they do this…..how have so much on hand and how does chef know how to prepare all the stuff on the menu? Frozen? Pre-packaged?
My wife got garlic shrimp ($11.95) for appy and chicken francese ($16.75) for entrée. Although she loves fish she decided to shy away from the fish entrees. I had pasta e fagioli ($4.95) for appy and veal saltimbocca ($20.95) for entrée. Waiter informed us that we also get salads with our meals….I got blue cheese dressing, wife had red wine vinegar.
Talking to the waiter we found out that the family that owns/runs this place is the same family that owns/runs Attilio's Villagio Restaurant & Pizzeria in Lincroft. Check their menu below…..very similar to this place.
OK……our appys were very good. The shrimp were very tasty and was big enough that I shared quite a few. My soup was good….not to the levels of many others I have had, but again good. Our salads were a good size that had assorted greens, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, olives…….very fresh! As we were eating a runner asked if we needed more bread….yes we did. The entrees were a large portion and we both were surprised how rather good they were. Again we are not talking, say Giorgia in Rumson or Angelicia's in Sea Bright levels here, but very good. We both had about half of our entrees doggie bagged as we were stuffed.
Total tab, tip not included: $58.36.
All in all we were pleasantly surprised. A good place for a basic dinner out….good food, excellent value, attentive staff, nice décor. Would be a good place for a large family as everyone could find something on the menu.
As I said check this menu http://europagrill.com/dinner-menu/ with Attilios menu: http://www.lincroftattilios.com/menu/