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Spano's Ristorante Italiano

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719 Arnold Ave, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
+1 732-701-1600
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4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Spano's Ristorante Italiano is a wonderful little store front restaurant...
Spano's Ristorante Italiano is a wonderful little store front restaurant just like you see in Brooklyn, with a quaint interior featuring oversized comfy booths and Italian music to complete the ambiance. The restaurant gets bustling after 6pm, and on weekends there can be quite a wait. The good news is they're open 7 days a week, so you can get the same amazing food on Tuesday without a wait. Speaking of the food, its authentic old world Italian prepared by Chef Joseph Spano. All ingredients are fresh, never frozen...fresh local fish and seafood, the highest quality veal, cut and pounded daily for the Veal dishes, Same with the chicken and eggplant, all prepared fresh daily. Spano's marinara sauce is the original winner of the Boss of the sauce contest sponsored by a local radio station and featuring all of the Shores Italian restaurants, as voted by a panel of judges and the general public. All of our ravioli, cheese filled, lobster, and specialty (like roasted butternut squash, or Osso Bucco) are handmade. They make the dough, they make the filling, and they stuff and cut each ravioli by hand. The portions are oversized, and the prices are very reasonable. They have an extensive menu and use only Certified Angus Beef, many of the dishes can be seen on their Facebook page at spanosristoranteitaliano and they open daily at 4pm. 7 days a week. With homemade desserts like the NY cheesecake, tiramisu, bread pudding and apizza dolce (Italian ricotta cheesecake) and delicious Cappuccino to finish off your meal, you can't go wrong at Spano's!
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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Dining on a budget
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Dessert

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Visitor rating
  • 135
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Spano's

Thought the food was excellent but service was lacking! Think they cater to their regulars but forget the new visitors. Watched my waitress carry on a long conversation when I wanted to order coffee...

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 3, 2015
onthe4thhole
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Gladstone, New Jersey
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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189 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Gladstone, New Jersey
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Thought the food was excellent but service was lacking! Think they cater to their regulars but forget the new visitors. Watched my waitress carry on a long conversation when I wanted to order coffee...

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farmingdale, nj
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Have been going to Spano's for years, since their food is very good, and they give you lots of it. The calamari is consistently plentiful, tender and delicious. The entree's are very large, always enough to bring some home. My only complaint is that is is always so noisy! Wish they could somehow remedy that. However, I will be back!

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Hamilton, New Jersey
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We have dined here at least a dozen times and have never been disappointed except by the long wait. Tables of 7 or more can make a reservation but even then if the previous diners are taking their time you may have to wait. The best dish is their Chicken Parm but you can't go wrong with anything on their... More 

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Holland, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Was there the other night for a business dinner. As always the food and service was excellent. Had the Shrimp Molly as an app and the Veal Parm for dinner. Veal was so soft almost did not even have to chew. Would come eat there 7 days a week if it was not an hour drive each way. Only thing... More 

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Sea Girt, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The food was so so and I felt very rushed by our server. They seem to want to turn tables quicker than you can eat your dinner. The hostess is constantly looking to see what stage you are in at the table. All restaurants have to keep an eye out for their next guests but they should do it on... More 

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Howell, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We (party of 4) arrived at approx. 6:30pm on a cold Saturday night. We were told it would be a 1 hr wait, which proved to be true. At first we waited outside as the small waiting area inside was VERY crowded, but after a short time we headed in so as not to freeze to death. We were later... More 

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Livingston, NJ
Top Contributor
153 reviews 153 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Spano's serves wonderful Italian food if you're willing to wait for a table. We visited on a Saturday evening and had to wait about 40 minutes for a table for two. The food made the wait worth it. The service was quite good as well.It's a very noisy place due to all the hard surfaces and the large number of... More 

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Margaree Forks, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We've eaten here several times over the last two years and loved it, but this last time -- a Tuesday evening -- we were disappointed. The caesar salad was watery, as though it hadn't been dried after being washed. The spiedini alla romana, which seems to be made differently each time, was tasty but not really done to traditional spec... More 

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the area. I think their sauce is the best!!! Big menu with great variety. Shrimp Parmesan is my favorite. Also it is a BYOB.

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Flanders, New Jersey
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Our wonderful neighbors down the street have been recommending this restaurant for a long time. We were finally down there on an offseason Monday looking for a place to eat. We bought a couple of wines to bring and were not disapointted. The restaurant is a store front with limited seating. The decor is nice and comfortable. We were there... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 719 Arnold Ave, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Point Pleasant Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 732-701-1600

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget

Description

Spano's Ristorante Italiano is a wonderful little store front restaurant just like you see in Brooklyn, with a quaint interior featuring oversized comfy booths and Italian music to complete the ambiance. The restaurant gets bustling after 6pm, and on weekends there can be quite a wait. The good news is they're open 7 days a week, so you can get the same amazing food on Tuesday without a wait. Speaking of the food, its authentic old world Italian prepared by Chef Joseph Spano. All ingredients are fresh, never frozen...fresh local fish and seafood, the highest quality veal, cut and pounded daily for the Veal dishes, Same with the chicken and eggplant, all prepared fresh daily. Spano's marinara sauce is the original winner of the Boss of the sauce contest sponsored by a local radio station and featuring all of the Shores Italian restaurants, as voted by a panel of judges and the general public. All of our ravioli, cheese filled, lobster, and specialty (like roasted butternut squash, or Osso Bucco) are handmade. They make the dough, they make the filling, and they stuff and cut each ravioli by hand. The portions are oversized, and the prices are very reasonable. They have an extensive menu and use only Certified Angus Beef, many of the dishes can be seen on their Facebook page at spanosristoranteitaliano and they open daily at 4pm. 7 days a week. With homemade desserts like the NY cheesecake, tiramisu, bread pudding and apizza dolce (Italian ricotta cheesecake) and delicious Cappuccino to finish off your meal, you can't go wrong at Spano's!
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?