Chatsworth, Burlington County _ Sometimes it is nice to leave the city behind and travel to the country. Of course when that trip involves a drive on a quiet backroad to Chatsworth during the annual Cranberry Festival, a bustling city is just what you will find when you take the last bend in the road and hit the center of this tiny little burgh in the middle of the Pinelands.
Girasole, Atlantic City’s Pacific Avenue-fronting jewel, is equal parts earnest Italian dining experience combined with glamorous Mediterranean-tinged décor and ambiance. Considering that founder Gino Iovino’s original calling was in the world of high-end Italian fashion, this only seems fitting.
As the final zephyrs of summer succumb to autumn’s cool, it’s a timely moment to look at some excellent local cuisine that’s reflective of the harvest season. Stews, braises, soups and roasts comprise some of the A.C. area’s finest fall fare.
World-class barbecue — perhaps our nation’s most significant, lasting gift to the culinary world — returns to Atlantic City next weekend with the DO AC Smokin’ Hot Atlantic City BBQ Championship at Golden Nugget on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4-5.
Phillips Seafood, founded at Hooper’s Island on Maryland’s eastern shore and currently celebrating its 100th anniversary, remains one of Atlantic City’s grandest restaurant attractions. Strategically positioned at the summit of the third floor on The Pier Shops at Caesars, Phillips’s iconic gothic-scripted insignia has become synonymous with superb regional oceanic specialties.
Late summer, with its abundance of locally sourced ingredients, is perhaps the ultimate time to recognize Italian cookery. Unlike French or Asian cuisines, often technique-oriented, the food of that peninsula nation is generally based on seasonality and availability. In southern New Jersey that means tomatoes, peppers, onions and fruit, all staples of the Italian pantry.
As Mexican as it gets this side of the Mississippi