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Englese's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Delivery
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Dining options: Delivery
Reviewed July 27, 2013

Topsail Beach and Surf City restaurants are notoriously packed on Friday night so we decided to try this place. We should have joined the wait at Max's or Long Island Pizza. Or we should have gone to the grocery and gotten Chef Boyardee. It was LOUSY!!! Bottom of the pizza burnt, overcooked pasta with awful sauce, doughy garlic knots, crappy bread on the subs etc. The service was polite but inconsistent. I asked for ketchup and got and almost empty, sticky bottle that was some off brand and seemed watered down. Anyway, avoid this place like the plague and pick one of the many good places around the area instead. Beach Grill, Sears Landing, the above mentioned Max's and Long Island Pizza, even weird little Batt's Grill!

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1  Thank danegirl100
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Mussel appetizer was bland. I've never seen a pasta dish where I had to dig through the sauce with my fingers in order to get the clams and mussels out, since they were still in the shells. Even the hollowed-out lobster tail was buried in sauce. Then, the sauce was so spicy I couldn't taste any of it. My friend's steak was over-cooked (though the waitress argued with us) and unseasoned. Even the obviously-frozen lobster tail he had was flavorless and burnt. Not worth the $60. Left the food on the table and went to a fast-food place to get something edible.

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1  Thank DBonnell
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

We had a pizza and it was delicious! True Italian food! Service was really good. The inside was small but it was not very busy since we did not go until around 8pm. I would love to go back and try a meal. I saw some that others had ordered and for the price they were really large portions!

1  Thank Sharon Y
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Reviewed July 4, 2013 via mobile

Stopped in for a late lunch on a rainy vacation day.
Staff was friendly and greeted us right away! Looked like an Italian family running the place and making the pizzas!
Ordered garlic knots, mozz. sticks, pizza, salad, baked ziti & a cheesesteak sandwich.
Food arrived and was delicious!
The mozz sticks & garlic knots were awesome and came with a yummy sauce to dip. The pizza was the BEST!
Mushrooms, meatballs, pepperoni and olives! yum! All fresh toppings and the most light, fresh, authentic tomato sauce ever!
We had a great meal and highly recommend!
Only negative was we picked up a to-go menu upon leaving and found it full of coupons we could've used on our bill. Wish we would've gotten that first, but they may just be a good excuse to go back this trip!

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1  Thank seasideshopaholic
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

We have been vacationing on Topsail Island for 5 years and this was by far the best restaurant we have ever eaten at. Englese's was packed and we had great service and great food. We tried the lobster ravioli, chicken parm and shrimp marinara and loved all of it. We will definitely be going back!

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Thank Sue D
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