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A showcase of talent, imagination on display at Aglio

There are 11 comments on the The Jersey Journal story from Jul 14, 2007, titled A showcase of talent, imagination on display at Aglio. In it, The Jersey Journal reports that:

The old Cafe Abbraci location has taken on new life as Aglio, serving rustic Italian food polished with inspiration from other points on the globe. via The Jersey Journal

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Dan Daly

Montvale, NJ

#1 Jul 26, 2007
Expensive ($52) prix fixe menu; evidently you can't order a la carte.

Mandatory valet even though the parking lot is right on the property.

Very haughty reservation policy: "All reservations must be called and confirmed by Aglio’s staff. A credit card deposit is required for reservations of parties six or more." Pardon me!

This place won't last long in Metuchen. Homey don't play dat. This ain't Manhattan.
Bill Johnson

Montvale, NJ

#2 Dec 12, 2007
Looks like Mr. Daly was right. Place looks closed every time I drive by. We live in MET-UCH-EN not MAN-HAT-TAN. Such hubris.

You will see Wild Rice suffer the same fate. Sadly.

Westport, CT

#3 Dec 12, 2007
Driven by the place many times. There doesn't seem to be a lot of action there. If it's true what Dan Daly comments on, they better bring in the wholesale equipment brokers because that type of establishment will not cut it in Metuchen. Understand the place is not big. However, you can't force people to inconvenience themselves by having to provide a credit card for a party of six. That's absurd. It wouldn't be appropriate even if the place was busy, which it's not. Also, a prix fixe menu is risky in this town, let alone for 50 plus per person. Get rid of the pix fixe menu, scrap the ridiculous reservation policy, and make the place brighter and more obvious outside so people will notice you instead of thinking you're closed. Also, wouldn't help to serve good food too. That, I have no idea about.

Westport, CT

#4 Dec 12, 2007
Re: Wild Rice. Spoke to a friend who has eaten there several times. Food was ok for the most part but service was amatuer hour. Can't have high school kids serving patrons when they're shelling out that much money for food. Saw the menu and it seems a little pricey for Metuchen. Also, his comments (and others' I saw on the Metuchn forum site) lead me to believe that the portions are rather disappointing for the average entree price. Again, Metuchen has a fine history of punishing restaurant owners who do not give a great value in a comfortable setting. Just ask those guys from Clouseau's. There are many that have crashed and burned over the years. Also, the ones you see that have stuck around in name have changed owners several times over the years. Ethnic food is high risk to begin with downtown outside of Chinese. Metuchenites have sent many ethnic places to the graveyard. Even a Mexican restaurant went under.

Riverhead, NY

#5 Dec 21, 2007
Mike wrote:
Even a Mexican restaurant went under.
Really? When did that happen? I always thought we could use a Mexican place downtown.

Philadelphia, PA

#6 Jan 14, 2008
Food was great and the service good. All the food is Homemade. Chef Harkness cooks all the food, I was very impressed. I read it was a price fixed menu, that was not true. We ordered a la carte and had fioe gras and sweet breads for apps. and we had wild boar osco bucco and ostrich for dinner. The desserts were great. Chocolate pate and warmed pear crumb with home made icecream. Metuchen has not seen a restaurant this good simce the Culinary Renniasance!THE PRICE WAS WELL WORTH IT, WOULD DEFF. GO BACK
Mike D

Philadelphia, PA

#7 Jan 14, 2008
I aggree with John. I ate there when the place first opened and they did have vallet but it was not mandatory, actually it was free. But I know they have since stopped that. Also the menu is an a la carte menu and made by the in house chef (who not only cooked our food but brought it to the table,wow!)I was there a second time for his fall menu (he changes menus every season about every 2-3 months)and it was even better. It was a little expensive but the quality of the food is second to none, organic produce and meats. Mark this one down and get there, deffinetly under-appreciated by those snobby metuchenites!!! Open your eyes and see whats going on around you, stopp going to those cookie cutter rest. where everything is out of a box, like tarrino's 2 the food was cheap but so bad my kids couldn't even eat it.

Lindenhurst, NY

#8 Feb 10, 2008
Was there for New Years Eve Menu. I was totally Blown Away. This is Metuchens Finest. Butternut Squash and Lobster Chowder to Start, Seared Scallop Salad in Blood Orange Vin., and Game Pot Pie to finish. Venison and Wild Boar topped with Biscuit topping. Hot, Crispy and Very Flavorful. Didn't end there. Full Sampling of Desserts. Chocolate Pate, Warm Pear Crumb and Berry Custard Tart. Talked to the Chef when he came to our table (He visits often), great down to earth guy, hope they make it it is one of the best restaurants i have ever been to. Everything was homemade like the review said, even the bread. Good luck Aglio.
James Hill

Berkeley, CA

#9 Apr 7, 2008
Looks like the owner's various postings couldn't save this restaurant from itself - and who is calling whom "snobby?" It's thew fact that Metuchen is NOT a snobby placed, but a working class town, that spelled the end of this poorly-conceived disaster of a restaurant.
The guy puts up a fullpage, 8-paragraph biography of himself as though he's Pauil Bocuse. And valet parking when there were 20 spots five feet from the door? Prix fixe menus @$60 a pop?
Good riddance.
owner former aglio

Philadelphia, PA

#10 Apr 8, 2008
I don't apprecialte the comments about the postings? My reputation speaks for itself. I am no way a bocuse, but if you want to compare, thanks. the restaurant at most was 54 price fixe. By the way that 12 for apps, 32 for entree and 10 for dessert. that sounds like any fine dining rest. in the area, forget about NY. Not too mention I put out some of the best food this area HAS SEEN, just look at Cody Kendalls review??? the vallet was free by the way. Thought it would be nice to pull up and get out, guess not. The fact is Metuchen is not a good area for fine dining. Restaurants like the culinary rennisance and dans on Main never made it. But restaurants like metuchen inn and Terrino's are doing well with immigrant mexican workers.If you want good food you have to pay for it. Go ahead eat shit, good luck buddy. Why hide: James Hill, Burbon IN. Bull, who are you? No Balls I bet. What experience do you have. Have u ever put your life and reutation on the line, bet not. At least I had the dream and tried to follow it. I will hold my head high, because I know i did the right thing, and held my customers in the highest regard. What have you ever done. Pussy!!
Marla Thatcher III

Keyport, NJ

#11 Apr 10, 2008
Ok. Heres the thing. Wether the restaurant is good or not is irrelevant. If "owner former aglio Princeton, NJ" is really the former owner of this restaurant, let me tell you something- I'm never going there! From what I've read he has nothing but a chip on his shoulder along with a foul mouth. We at the Chamber of Commerce do not tolerate business owners acting this way to the public. We believe in being civil. You as a business owner and adult should know better. I personally will tell the New Brunswick/middlesex county board to NEVER eat at another establishment owned/run by you sir. You will NEVER work in this town again, as they say.

~Marla Thatcher
Board of Trustees

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