Viva l’Italia – Vincenzo’s, New Jersey

It’s been a couple of weeks since I went to New Jersey to visit with a customer whom I had been wanting to meet for a long time. I’ve heard great things about this company, and I know we have opportunities to partner on some good things!

So, my colleague (and now frequent road trip buddy) and I set out to Middlesex, NJ to have a couple of meetings as well as a nice dinner up the street at Vincenzo’s with our customers.

Foolishly, I only brought my small Clemson clutch with me, which funny enough, my dear girlfriend who lives in New Jersey gave me as a gift earlier this year.

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Anyhow, the point being that I forgot to bring my blog card with me. Thank goodness for mobile phones. I called it up from the blog page itself!

I had been warned that this dinner and our dining companions were going to be fabulous, so I came hungry! In addition to fabulous table mates, our server, Carlos, was perfect. He was professional, yet was equipped with a biting sense of humor. The best of both worlds!

Carlos started us off with several appetizers: calamari (two ways: fritti and with an “Italian hot sauce” – which everyone at the table claimed was Thai sauce!), escarole and pignoli nuts, and sausage and peppers. To be honest, I was full by the time we worked our way through these delicious plates of apps!

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A mesh of apps! Calamari, sausage and peppers, and escarole. 

And then came this salad… I think it’s one of my favorite salads – ever. The tri-colore insalati. The mesh of flavors – and that cheese! Heaven on a plate.

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Tri-colore salad made of European blend, tomatoes, pepper, and parmagiano cheese.

I’d say finally, because it really should have been the final set of bites, but it wasn’t. This is the penultimate dish.

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Grilled salmon over escarole and served with roasted potatoes.

Without flinching while reading the blog card, Carlos had chosen a popular dish that evening – salmon over escarole with roasted potatoes. The salmon filet was enormous, and cooked to perfection. Those who know me know that salmon is not my favorite seafood, but when cooked well,  I really do enjoy it! I loved that there were some greens on the plate and just a few potato bites.

It was  a simple, delicious dish and light enough not to pain me after all of the appetizers!

It was then that our customer insisted that we all have dessert. What?!? How was I going to fit one more bite into my mouth and belly?

Here’s how:

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Chocolate banana pie with fresh whipped cream, strawberries and mint.

I mentioned “heaven on a plate earlier”. This banana chocolate pie is heaven on a plate served by singing angels! I could have eaten two or three slices (but I didn’t!).

Our dinner lasted a marathon four hours, but the time flew by. We did indeed have a wonderful time with our customers and we really enjoyed the ambiance, the service, and the FOOD at Vincenzo’s! I’m still working off those glorious calories. 🙂

Since I’m not a huge connoisseur of salmon, I’m curious to know your favorite way to prepare it. I’d love to try more recipes at home. Please leave a comment if you have a recommendation.

Cheers!

Ker

 

 

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9 thoughts on “Viva l’Italia – Vincenzo’s, New Jersey

  1. Katie O'Neill on said:

    Sounds amazing (especially the dessert)! Always looking for good Italian for when I head to NJ!

    • True story: I requested that my colleague bring me a piece of cake back if they are offering it tonight! I’d attempt to make it myself, but that would just be dangerous! 🙂

  2. Chuck on said:

    The easiest… and best way to prepare Salmon is to grill it. A few minutes on each side. Add salt and pepper if you’d like.

  3. Annie on said:

    Salmon on a bed of greens is a perfect way to present this dish. So interesting that potato bites were included…Yum!

    • The greens were so delicious, Annie! And, the potato bites were at the request of our customer. Just a PERFECT addition, and the small portion was much appreciated (at least by me!).

  4. Izzi Tritz on said:

    This meal sounds incredible! I will have to add Vincenzo’s to my Restaurants to Visit List! The calamari with hot sauce sounds particularly enticing. I do not prepare Salmon at home as it is not a fish that I eat, but I have been tempted by a few salmon burger recipes such as this one: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/561120434799370352/

    • Oh my goodness, Izzi! It’s 9:30AM and those pictures just made me hungry!

      The spicy calamari was fabulous! I have to admit that I favored that over the traditional, though both were very good.

  5. Dave Anderson on said:

    At my house it’s oven roasted salmon on a bed of sautéed spinach, close to what you were served.

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