My brother has raved about La Fontana Del Mare for quite a few years telling me how much I’d like it. Normally I rush out to track down a rumored good meal, I’m always skeptical about recommended italian food. As I said in my Villa di Roma post, I prefer kitschy Italian – red checked tablecloths, cheesy italian flavored music playing and a sprinkling of mobster wannabes enjoying a meal at a nearby table.
La Fontana Del Mare had two of the three – the tablecloths are creme linen here.
As I fought my way past some folks who raided Tony Sopranos wardrobe in the crowded dining room, we were seated in the back of one of the restaurant’s two dining rooms. The waiter was attentive without being overbearing.
The meal started with bread that could best be described as mezza mezza (for those of you who don’t speak Italian, it means half and half or “not so good” or “eh”).
Olive oil and butter both available for the bread, which I appreciate.
For my appetizer I had Eggplant Rollatini. Eggplant with prosciutto, ricotta cheese and a freshly made tomato sauce. It was delicious.
For dinner my brother in law and I both had the Veal Fontana, which was sauteed veal cutlets with prosciutto in a porcini mushroom sauce. Quite delicious. We both cleaned our plate.
Service was fast (after a 30 minute wait for our table, the meal itself only took an hour from start to finish.
Dinner for six was $260 including the gratuity (strictly BYOB). Not as cheap as some shore eats, but the setting is nicer and the quality of the food a notch up.
I’ll go back here, which is high praise for a linen tablecloth Italian restaurant.
La Fontana Del Mare
1 S. Commonwealth Ave.
Strathmere, NJ 08240