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“Bad service-good food” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pastaio - CLOSED

Pastaio
Price range: US$31 - US$50
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Jersey Avenue
Transit: Local Monmouth County bus service runs on 3rd Avenue. Taxi service readily available. NJ Transit train Station for Spring Lake within walking distance.
Description: Pastaio is the Italian word for "pasta maker" which reflects our Chef's experience working as Pastaio for restaurants in New York including Eataly, where she would turn out roughly 3,000 pounds weekly. We now bring fresh handmade pasta daily to the Jersey Shore incorporating the freshest seasonal ingredients to our menu that changes each week. At Pastaio we strive to support our local produce, fish and meat, purveyors on an organic and sustainable basis. Our Menu reflects our kitchen staff experience with classical french training and the bounty of the Garden State. We are proud to utilize Pat LaFrieda Meats of New York for our meat and poultry. Ask about having your next event in our Private Party Room which can accommodate up to 50. Gluten Free Meatballs and fresh Gluten Free Pasta Available.
Allentown, Pennsylvania
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56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Bad service-good food”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013 via mobile

A party of four was seated with reservation on a sat night but waited 10 mins for someone to open wine; promised ice bucket for white wine never arrived. Water came, then Parker house rolls, but no oil or butter. We finally ate them dry after they had cooled. Our order was taken about half hour after we were seated. In total we spent two and a half hours there for two appetizers and four entrees. Leisurely is one thing, but we almost grew cobwebs! We were served by three different people, but no one asked us how the entrees were. A LARGE party took up the private room and one large table in the front room-very noisy. If a restaurant can't accommodate a party all in one room they should either refuse the party or close the restaurant. Food was good, service horrible. Too many other places at the jersey shore to return here. Finally, I might not have posted this review, but in trying to reply to the online email confirming our reservation, their email address didn't work.

Visited October 2013
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Thank JerseyCityGrandpa
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English first
Chapel Hill, NC
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40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Expensive!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

We only had an entree each - pasta - the bill was $52++. But , delicious. I would definitely recommend it

Visited September 2013
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Thank LucyLuChapelHill_NC
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Wayne, New Jersey
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Dissapointed”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

We were looking to have a good pasta dish after the fancy meals in Spring Lake. Intrigued by their "home made pasta" sign -we gave it a try. The parpadelle was thick and heavy; the pomodoro sauce was not tasty. My husband had the meatballs with linguini-the meatballs and sauce were tasteless. He didn't care for his pasta either. Members of my family make their own pasta and it is always very light and smooth. The gelato was the best and when we ordered dessert, we were not offered coffee or tea by the server. For a BYOB the cost was out of line.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ellen C
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NJ
Level Contributor
40 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Best restaurant in New Jersey!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2013

Had an amazing lunch here. I have never tasted food so delicious. I recommend the zuccini blossoms and the meatballs!! Amazing.

Visited September 2013
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Thank patsarah
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Columbus, New Jersey
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62 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Wonderful!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2013

We enjoyed our meal here and the service was great from Milley. The Burratta was excellent and the figs, although not really ripe enough, were good. We also tried the truffle portabello musherooms and hubby kept the sauce nearby and dipped his bread in it :)I had the gnoochi (sp) with marinaria and hubby had the papardelle with sausage. We were pleasantly surprised with both dishes! Will be back for dinner for sure. One thing you MUST try is the gelato. The pistachio and the salted caramel were over the top. You will not make a mistake by trying this place while visiting Spring Lake. Forgot to mention BYOB.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank cruiserone
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