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First taste: Naples of Mullica Hill

Earlier this year,  Mullica Hill favorite Naples Pizza moved from its longtime location at The Old Mill Antique Mall across the street to the Warehouse, a former sweet potato warehouse now converted into restaurant and shopping space. I had never actually been to Naples (the restaurant) before, despite now living in the immediate vacinity for four years. With the recent closing of Toscana in Mullica Hill, the sweetie was curious to give Naples a try to see if it would be a suitable “replacement” for satisfying that occasional Italian-American food craving. And I have to say after one visit there with the sweetie and his father R, I was really pleasantly surprised by how good it was.

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Sapori Trattoria BYOB in Collingswood, NJ

Every year for my birthday I like to visit a restaurant that’s been on my “must try” list for ages. This year, that restaurant was Sapori Trattoria in Collingswood. As skeptical as I am about most New Jersey Italian restaurants being “authentic” Italian (and not Italian-American), the menu at Sapori intrigued me by promising some original offerings far beyond the typical Marsala, Piccatta and Parm that typically dominate in these parts. Head Chef Franco Lombardo hails originally from Palermo and worked for some years at the popular and well-respected La Locanda Del Ghiottone in Philadelphia before opening Sapori. All in all, it sounded promising, and overall, I was pleased (if not “blown away”) with our experience.

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First impressions: Kidari Sushi Yatai in Philadelphia

I was thrilled to recently learn that my old “Graduate Hospital” neighborhood in Philly was finally getting a sushi restaurant! I am still in the area frequently, including last week when I had the chance to enjoy two really delicious lunches at Kidari Sushi Yatai. It’s just about everything I could hope for and I predict I will soon be eating my way through most of the entire menu.

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Bull on the Barn Bayshore Crab House in Newport NJ

A few weeks ago the sweetie and I took a Sunday drive down to Fortescue and the surrounding area, wanting to see how the area was (or wasn’t) recovering from Hurricane Sandy. The beach was pretty deserted save for fisherman and the bane of their catch, the local Horseshoe Crabs. Damaged homes lined the beach front area still, and it was an eerie sight passing some still with their Halloween decorations up – a sign of normal life cut abruptly short at the end of last October.

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Review: A’Pizze Tuscan Grill in Swedesboro/Woolwich Township

A’Pizze Tuscan Grill replaces Barone Tuscan Grill in the Center Square Road strip mall, which I gave a very lukewarm review of last June. Although the food was generally acceptable (if not exceptional) at Barone’s, service was consistently a problem and many issues and rumors about the operation abounded. Therefore it wasn’t a huge surprise when Barone’s closed its doors, and word hit the area that Chef Mimmo of Toscana Mullica Hill would be opening a new pizza/Italian restaurant in its place.

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