Calling All Cars - The Bayonne, New Jersey
was the first police department in the United States to enable their officers
to communicate with headquarters from the police car.
Tucci - On
a tip from a friend I ventured over to a new restaurant in Madison,
New Jersey, called Mama Tucci's. It didn't look like anything
really very special from the outside, but the look of a restaurant
facade is often deceiving. Lunch is one of those meals that
sometimes doesn't get much effort from a restaurant that serves
dinner as well. Lunch at Mama Tucci's is without question one
of the best in all of North Jersey. The food and service and
even the price represent a wonderful value and most pleasant
experience. Of special note was a radicchio appetizer with
prosciutto, goat cheese and capers which was superb. The soup
special, creamy sweet potato with apples, was outstanding.
Most everything on the menu had an unusual twist, and judging by the
number of eager diners arriving for a mid-week lunch, this small
eatery is getting some exciting buzz. Sitting so
close to the door which opened right to the street, I was expecting
to be blown away by cold air rushing in, but some
heavy draperies and a well-heated, small dining room allowed me to
keep my jacket off in total comfort. It's not often that one
can find such a delightful, reasonably priced lunch. Mama
Tucci is a superior place and you won't be disappointed. If
you are, then let me know. -
Jersey Shadow -
77 Main St
Madison, NJ 07940
and searching for a decent place to eat one Sunday night in
Somerville, New Jersey, I had occasion to check out Alfonso's with a
friend. It was a freezing cold night and the greeter wanted to
sit us near the door which opened right to the street. After
suggesting an open table a little further away from the door we were
seated. Every time the door opened, in came the cold air.
The friend I was dining with is actually close to an expert in
heating and cooling and educated me on an inexpensive and clever way
to solve this problem. It's interesting where conversation
takes a person once in a while and as interesting as it was, I was
more interested in eating and eat we did.
Alfonso's was Italian fare in an open and comfortable surroundings
except when the door opened. The service was lightning fast
and actually a little too fast as they broke my rule #9 as seen to
the right of my review.
My main course arrived just about 30 seconds after the salad which
was good but served on a hot plate which is a pet peeve of mine.
A cold salad should be served on a cold plate. I abandoned my
half eaten salad for the most delicious Veal Verona I have ever had.
The portions were huge and of high quality and maximum flavor.
My buddy had a giant Italian Antipasto, and we were both stuffed.
The prices were very reasonable and besides the couple of things
that weren't so positive, I would go back very soon and I plan to. -
Jersey Shadow -
99 W Main St
Somerville, NJ 08876
Top 10 Things Not To Do While Dining Out
1. Don't stiff
the server if the service is good but the food is bad.
2. Don't ask a customer with a reservation to wait more than 5
minutes for a table.
3. Don't send a meal back unless it's just plain awful.
4. Don't say the food is fine when it's not. The server
should be a professional and offer to right a bad experience.
5. Don't punish a customer with poor service in the event a
meal has to go back.
6. Don't yell, wave your arms or snap your fingers to summon a
server. It's degrading and you wouldn't feel too good if
someone did it to you.
7. Don't tip less than 15%, if the service is bad just don't
8. Don't make a reservation then fail to show up or show up
late. Call the restaurant for any changes.
9. Don't rush a customer by rushing courses. An
entree arriving 30 seconds after a salad is never appealing.
10. Don't overstay your welcome when your meal is finished.
- Jersey Shadow -