Lots of places say they serve Italian food. Café 2825 delivers the GENUINE ARTICLE. Husband/Father host, Wife/Mother bartender, daughter server: I don't know if I got all the "titles" right but they all equally made sure everything ran smoothly, supported by their great staff. Relaxing, not-rushed dinner, though it was crowded (actually the only reason I give the atmosphere an "average": it was a little loud for me but others may find it bubbly and fun). My server (the daughter) was quite knowledgeable about the menu and made good, helpful suggestions throughout. The special menu was a nice surprise to the already inviting regular menu. I had the special stuffed meatball which was a first for me: picture a hefty sized meatball stuffed with a dollop of ricotta in the center, a thin layer of cheese melted over the entire meatball, then topped with a little more fresh ricotta all in a little pool of homemade red sauce. I mean c'mon!! It was delicious. Lots of great seafood to choose from so had to have the clams posillipo as well. Great broth to dip the delicious bread. Having had the meatball with sauce, I changed my original main dish order (before it arrived) to something without red sauce and it was done happily. There was a nice patient friendliness to the place overall but all with a very professional attitude. A must-return to now that I've finally discovered it. And only a few blocks from the casinos, makes it a great alternative to the boardwalk and hotel restaurants.
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