Sunday, March 4, 2012
Frank's Pizza and Italian Restaurant, Manville, New Jersey
Frank's is one of those unassuming pizza places that also has a full restaurant attached. They have a combination of reasonable prices, convenient location, and local charm that makes it a busy place all week long. Their pizza is considered a staple by many locals, and their restaurant menu, packed full of the kind of Italian-American classics that everyone craves from time to time...
Their menu contains a wide variety of meat, seafood, and pasta dishes. Personally, I think that if you are talking about an Italian restaurant, the pasta will probably be the best way to tell if the place is on their A-game or not. Frank;s does not use fresh made pasta- and I really don't consider that a problem, or anything that detracts from them at all. If they advertised fresh pasta and what showed up on the plate was clearly dried pasta- the I'd be rightly upset. There is absolutely nothing wrong with dried pasta- it's just a slightly different animal than fresh pasta.
It was a Friday during lent, and the restaurant was packed. When pasta is one of the main focal points of the menu, there is always something lent-friendly. We were caught unready to cook anything for dinner that evening, so we packed up the kids and headed out to Frank's. The wait staff was great, our server was very friendly to our somewhat precocious and somewhat excited kids. The kid's food arrived first, as it should, which made the rest of the meal much more manageable for the adults.
Again, despite the flaws, the meal was still enjoyable, and I would go back again. Even if they don't get it 100% right every time, there are some places you just keep supporting- because they are "your" local place, and you know that that CAN and DO usually get it right.