Monmouth: Via 45, Red Bank
Sure, there are bigger and better-known Italian restaurants in Red Bank, much less Monmouth County, but I'll go with Via 45, a cute, charming "rustic Italian'' eatery. The menu is compact and ever-changing; try the calamari (yeah, I know, the most cliched Italian dish ever, but it's really good here), the pork chop Milanese or any of the pasta dishes.
An Oasis That Defies the Season
A Review of Via45 in Red Bank
By DAVID KOCIENIEWSKI APRIL 3, 2014.
The word jumped off the menu, as unexpected and inviting as a bonfire in a blizzard: watermelon.
At a restaurant in New Jersey, in March. Near the end of a long, cruel winter.
It’s the kind of audacious move that could end in either disappointment or delight, and it says a lot about the mind-set of Via45, a rustic Italian restaurant in Red Bank where simple preparations place a heightened emphasis on the freshness and quality of ingredients.
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Those lucky enough to be present at the farm to table meal on August 20th at Via45 Restaurant, located on Broad Street in Red Bank, witnessed the battle firsthand. Led by New York Vintners Consulting president and wine expert, Perry Porricelli, the attendees sampled nine wines paired with exquisite dishes prepared by chefs Lauren Phillips and Claudette Herring of Via45. The feud was between wines from the Bordeaux region of France and a selection of reds from the Napa Valley in California.
The evening began with caciocavallo, a cheese from Southern Italy, served with artichoke hearts, dandelion hearts, and fresh figs drizzled with a light white wine dressing.
The appetizer was a chicken and apple sausage paired with garbanzo beans and baby bok choy flavored with Moroccan spice. This course was complemented by two wines: a Californian Syrah-Grenache blend and a Bordeaux from Saint-Emilion. Guests sampled the two while Porricelli explained their characteristics and nuances. Next, the pasta course: spiral-shaped pasta with a spicy aglio e olio (garlic and oil) sauce with red peppers. Again, the guests tasted two wines: a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Bordeaux from Haut-Medoc. The main course of sliced tenderloin of beef with roasted corn and Aleppo pepper was paired with a Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend and a Bordeaux from Pauillac.
The perfect end to a perfect meal came in the form of a ripe plum tart served with creme anglaise. Accompanying dessert was another Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend and a Bordeaux from Saint-Julien.
So who won the battle? Everone who attended.
This restaurant, Via 45, is run by two women who prepare each dinner to order (no premade
sauces simmering on the stove; everything in the kitchen is in a raw state) and who change
their menu every day according to whatever they find at the market (the menu, too, is all quaint and homelike, hand-written
and often accompanied by doodles and daily quotes). Read more...
Ok. We’ve been here before. Yes, a little while back we compiled what we thought (at the time) to be a complete list of the best Jersey Shore BYOBs. But, you know what we found out? We missed a bunch. There were just too many great places in Monmouth County (and yes, Ocean County too), that we not put our eating pants back on (taste testing is hard work), but we also had to give each county it’s very own list. Read more...
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February 24, 2017
Dining with Claudette and Lauren at Via45
Cooking rustic Italian dishes in Red Bank