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A’Pizze Tuscan Grill: Take Two

Last week I posted my first impressions of A’Pizze Tuscan Grill in Swedesboro, New Jersey. Overall I was quite positive about the experience, from the food we sampled to the quick and efficient service. So when my partner’s dad requested going there for Father’s Day dinner as he’d liked it so much on the first visit, we figured why not?

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Review: The Franklinville Inn

The Franklinville Inn

The Franklinville Inn

I confess, I’m generally very leery of “fine dining” establishments in South Jersey/Southeast PA. Particularly when the word “Inn” appears in their name. Far too often, these “fine dining inns” may have a charming, quaint interior recalling times gone by, but the food is nowhere near “fine” and seems to be stuck somewhere back in the 70s or 80s as far as what an exceptional dinner should be like. In worst situations, the menu items may sound “elegant”, but when they reach the table it’s clear they are as pre-made and generic as anything you’d find at a local Applebee’s.

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First Impression: Ventimiglia Vineyard

On a sleepy road in rural Sussex County, New Jersey, one finds Ventimiglia Vineyard tucked away on a quiet farm path. Owner Gene Ventimiglia and his wife began making handcrafted wines using traditional methods in 2006, and invite visitors in to sample their current offerings on weekends (there is a $5 tasting fee).

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First Impressions: Cedarvale Winery

The third and final winery I visited on the July Barrel Tour weekend was Cedarvale Winery, also close to home for me in Logan Township, New Jersey. Fourth-generation farmer Ed Gaventa and his wife Marsha converted 5 acres of their 200-acre produce farm to wine grapes and opened the winery in 2008. All their wine is produced from grapes and fruit that comes straight from their farm, so you know it’s fresh and they’ve put their heart, soul, and hard work into each bottle (Marsha showed me how they hand-cork and label each bottle, so a little personal touch goes into each wine they sell to their customers.)

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First Impression: Auburn Road Vineyard