It was Jersey’s first 90 degree day of 2016 and I wanted to enjoy the beaming sun at a happy hour.
I instantly thought Giumarello’s was the perfect spot.
The back patio was beautiful, over looking a well-manicured lawn decorated by palm trees and butterflies.
As soon as my sister and I sat, our superb dining experience began.
We were given house garlic and semolina bread, which came accompanied by a small dish of roasted peppers. I’m not normally a fan of eating bread before my meal, because it curves my appetite. This bread however, (the garlic bread in particular) was outstanding. The little bit of marinara that seemed to be baked into it made it different and delicious. The roasted peppers were tender yet crunchy and had little cloves of garlic in them. My sister and I finished all of the bread before our food even came out.
If the bread could be that addictive, I could only anticipate how magnificent our food would be.
For our meal, we decided on an assortment of dishes featured on their happy our menu, which included the famous mussels in red sauce, the lobster ravioli and the eggplant florentine.
I was very pleased with the food presentation because during happy hour, some restaurants become uneventful with plating since there can be a large number of the same order. Thankfully, our food looked almost as good as it tasted.
My first bite was of the lobster ravioli and its bright, almost neon colored sauce smelled and tasted like seafood heaven. There was a big chunk of crab meat sitting in the sauce that I quickly scooped up and devoured. The pasta was so perfectly cooked that it held its form even after cutting into it. The lobster and cheese filling was so warm and tasty that it gave me more life than the bread originally did.
I had never tried mussels before but felt obligated to order them since every other table had a bowl or two. I took a gamble and gently removed the meat from the open shell, scooping it in some sauce, and throwing it in my mouth. The tomato sauce was outstanding with little bits of garlic and fresh tomatoes throughout. Though this was my first time having mussels, I’m almost positive they’re up there with the best.
As a veggie lover, I must say that my favorite dish was the eggplant florentine. The tender eggplant slathered in red sauce and wrapped around the ricotta cheese filling was sweet, salty, savory, and spectacular. My sister and I shared each dish, but this one, she couldn’t get a fork full of. It was all mine.
I’m upset with myself that I didn’t try Giumarello’s years ago. I would recommend this wonderful place to any and everybody who has a strong, deep love for delicious and authentic eats.