Il Nido, Marlboro, NJ

Thank you!
Luckily I had these ‘run flat’ tires that you can drive while flat under 50 miles an hour for about 50 miles. I was able to make it home safely and bought a new tire the next day.
And just our luck my wife hit a pothole on the way home Friday and caused another flat tire on the front drivers side that had to be replaced. So that is 2 flat tires and $800 down the drain in the last 2 weeks :worried:

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So I read your post @paryzer and then automatically clicked on “like.”

Then I thought about it and I thought, "That’s horrible! Poor Eli! Why did I “like” that?

Glad all is well now!

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Thanks @seal :slightly_smiling_face:
Hopefully that will be the worst thing to happen in 2021.

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Oh my … Sorry to hear about your “tire dilema” …

800 Usd $ – expensive !

Thanks! Yes, that is $400 a tire. They are special run flat tires that can run on a flat tire for over 50 miles. I can certify that through experience :slightly_smiling_face:

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We had another fabulous dinner at Il Nido. They were pretty full in all of their dining rooms, including several diners eating outside in the heated cabanas. All of the tables were socially distanced so nobody was on top of each other. We normally go on Sundays but they are closed for Super Bowl Sunday. Service was a little rushed on Saturday because they are so busy. We will stick to Sundays in the future. Joseph, the owner has a lot of plans. He purchased the whole strip mall and got a liquor license (but will still let customers bring their own wine). He plans on putting an open lounge where the tile shop is on the corner, and providing some more open roofless dining space. This is a very passionate hobby for him. I wish him the best of luck.
Below are details and pictures in the main WFD thread.

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Thanks for the update. I use the dog groomer in that strip hopefully they stay put.
Won’t miss the tile place, nasty bunch in there.
If he hires a couple of decent bartenders he will have to have to turn people away he won’t be able to handle the crowds.I wish him well.

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That’s some news! Thanks for sharing!

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We enjoyed another outstanding dinner at Il Nido. I enjoyed an excellent 21 day dry aged NY strip steak with a nice char. Mrs. P had an excellent crab crusted cod. We enjoyed our usually excellent charcuterie board and a cacio pepe mafaldine. It all went great with an excellent Amarone and Chateauneuf Du Pape.







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Extraordinary as always.

Love the crab encrusted cod !

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Thank you!
My wife really enjoyed the crab encrusted cod.

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Truly looks amazing. Have a lovely evening …

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We continued our 10th anniversary celebration with another outstanding dinner at Il Nido. Details and pictures are in the main WFD thread.

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Unfortunately my first experience at Il Nido was disappointing to say the least. My group of 4 arrived at 5:00 on a Saturday for our reservation. Within a short time, the place was filled to 90% capacity.(not 35%j). Our starters were excellent. Three of us ordered the pork tenderloin with pork belly special. Two orders were just okay. The third was mostly fat with very little meat. When it was pointed out to the waiter, he said “don’t worry - there’s plenty of meat on the inside”. As she said, it was a good thing she filled up on the starters. BTW, the waiter lowered his mask when talking to us. Not acceptable. I called the restaurant several days later to speak to the owner. The woman I spoke with asked me my concerns and would relay message to owner who would get back to me, Never heard again. Scratch this place off my list!

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I got takeout from there awhile ago, and they forgot an item. I emailed them just to let them know. I would have expected a ‘so sorry, but thanks for being a loyal customer’ but I got no response. Leaves a bad impression.

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Il Nido is Italian for “the nest” and this nest of mugnaia pasta, hand rolled to about 8 feet and served with a cruschia pepper sauce with garlic is one of the multitude of reasons this is possibly the best restaurant in the state. The service is impeccable, the chef accessible and informative, the owner a true gentleman…whose passion for the project is evident in every facet of the operation, from the steaks to the stemware. I don’t care if I get lost every time trying to find my way home…I know we’ll find our way back very soon.

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Oh WOW! Simply spectacular looking !!

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We enjoyed another fabulous dinner at Il Nido. I had an outstanding Wagyu short rib while Mrs. P enjoyed a crispy black bass. We shared the most amazing pillowy soft ricotta gnocchi with fennel sausage, broccoli rabe, pine nuts, and currants. We also had some awesome crispy squash blossoms, and the always excellent salumi board.










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I forgot to mention that the owner will be closing on the strip mall this week. The liquor license is almost finalized. They will be building a bar/lounge area where the Tile place is, and made an arrangement to move the tile store further down the strip mall, since a tile place does not have to be seen off the highway like the restaurant does. This would give the restaurant more visibility, since you can’t really see it off of route 9. Also, more importantly the owner is looking to build an entirely different restaurant in the strip mall. It will be more casual and affordable, serving pizza and burgers, etc. This will hopefully attract the 75% of the people that can’t afford to dine at Il Nido :grin: The tile place supplied the tiles for Il Nido’s kitchen and will supply the tiles for the new restaurant as well. The owner also mentioned something about having year around dining outdoors with some sort of retractable roof. I’m not sure how that will be designed. He is making the most use of all of the available space. This will probably not be fully ready until the end of this year, but more probably next year.

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great to hear; very interested to see what they do for the lower price point spot.

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