Manasquan, NJ 08736
- Cost: $$
- Alcohol: Full Bar
- Parking: Private Lot
- Take Out: Yes
June 6, 2011
Dominic Bossone started selling pizza in the back of the Squan Tavern in 1964. By 1975, the Bossone family had bought the place and turned the tavern into an Italian restaurant. Today, this Manasquan stand-by turns out some of the best pizza and Italian fare at the Jersey shore.
Squan Tavern’s pizza is thin crust, but not too thin (like Pete & Elda’s). The dough has a nice flavor on its own. Depending on the toppings, a slice can usually be folded successfully. The sauce is a little sweet, a little tangy. Many toppings are available. I really enjoyed Mom’s Hot MOP (hot cherry peppers, mushrooms, onions).
Squan makes EthnicNJ.com’s “Worth a Visit” lists both for its pizza and for its Italian classics. The red sauce, southern Italian-influenced, menu includes mussels, pasta e fagioli (pasta and beans), all the pastas you’d expect, and plenty of meat dishes like Chicken Parm, and Veal Piccata. Some dishes edge into fancier Italian fare, like Gnocchi in Gorgonzola Sauce and a very good Pesto Calamari.
With a full bar, plenty of seating inside the wood paneled tavern and outside in nice weather, and friendly servers with just the right amount of Jersey attitude, Squan Tavern is a great choice when you’re down the Shore craving Italian food.