420 Higgins Avenue
Brielle, New Jersey 08730
This is not your ordinary restaurant or an ordinary restaurant review. This is the place that I like to call home. The food is great. The service is great. The people are great. Can you ask for anything more?
The first time I went to Due Amici was a few years ago when it was our friends’ turn to pick a restaurant for dinner. When Terry & Al said we were going out for Italian, John and I were more than skeptical. I make Italian food, grew up eating Italian food and consider myself an Italian food snob among other things.
After a few bites of my appetizer I knew that I was in love and kept going back again and again until I became a “regular” around the bar on Higgins Avenue. It’s a great place for dinner or drinks and apps. There’s even a Friday night jam complete with music and dancing. You have to check it out if you live locally or you are visiting the area.
Some of my favorite off the menu items are:
- Hot Antipasto for Two: a traditional hot antipasto with a taste of all your favorites
- Pasta Fagioli: garlicky and delicious
- Seafood Salad: an array of shrimp, calamari & scungilli in a lovely Italian vinaigrette
- Sautéed Broccoli Rabe: need I say more?
- Tortellini Bolognese: my personal comfort food – delicious
- Capellini Boscomare: angel hair with shrimp, arugula, shiitake mushrooms and plum tomatoes
- Chicken Pepadew: with pepadew peppers, long-stemmed artichokes, white beans, asparagus in a white wine reduction
- Veal Chop or Steak Arrabbiata: Try this spicy wonder with an oreganata crust.
The specials are delicious. I love their chicken special with portobello mushrooms, sliced sausage in a Madeira reduction sauce served over broccoli rabe. Due Amici’s cannelloni is a comfort food must taste and the stacked polenta appetizer special is amazing. The seafood tower with lobster, shrimp, crab and oyster and clams on the half shell is perfect way to start off your dinner.
I dropped in the other day and had a pasta special with linguine, scallops, shrimp and chunks of crabmeat in a Pici-Paci sauce which to my surprise, was very light, not at all heavy. I can’t wait until they have it again so I can order it.
So take a ride to Brielle New Jersey, sit at the granite bar or at a cozy table, maybe even by the fireplace, order a glass of Pinot Noir or Pinot Grigio and get ready to enjoy a great Italian meal at a great family owned restaurant. Buon Appetito!