Delicious Avalon addition
La Vecchia Fontana is a welcome addition to the dining scene in Avalon which is often times much like the amateur hour. This is a professional and customer friendly place to dine, and they are entitled to the reasonable prices they charge. Except for the noise level, which was high, everything about this new restaurant is first-rate - the food (delicious), the service (friendly and efficient), and the decor (rustic but airy). It is clear that the owner, who has two other restaurants on the Jersey shore, knows what he is doing and has mastered the art of food service well.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food and Great Service
The food was outstanding, as expected as having ate at their other 3 locations (Strathmere, Sea Isle City, and Philadelphia). The food is consistent at all three locations. I was a little apprehensive about the location because you probably would not know about it unless you are familiar that their is a restaurant in the old Avalon Hotel. The updates made to the location are great, making it a nice ambiance, again making it a consistent feel to the other 3 locations. The food is outstanding and I will definitely be back. You can never go wrong with a great BYOB!
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
La Vecchia Fontana Avalon
Food was very good, service was acceptable. Very crowded small space and very, very loud--they really need to do something about the sound. Nicely decorated.
Probably would not return because of the above issues--and the prices are way over the top--even for Avalon. I never understood why restaurants feel that they can gouge folks just because they live or vacation in Avalon.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was excellent and
The food was excellent and the service was very good. The noise level was loud, so loud you could not talk in the restaurant without shouting.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Italian Food
La Vecchia Fontana has a wonderful dinner menu with delicious Italian food. The only issue was that we had dined at La Fontana Coast earlier this year and found most of the menu items were the same but the portions and prices were noticeably different. The Sea Isle City and Avalon restaurants are very close in distance. It was disappointing that they would charge higher prices In Avalon for the same items and the food portions were smaller. If we had not dined at La Fontana Coast, we would have had a different experience. The Avalon restaurant is smaller and has a different dining atmosphere. If you are staying in Avalon and don't want to leave town, I would recommend trying La Vecchia for authentic Italian food.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Real Italian Food!
Repeating their success in Strathmere and Sea Isle City, Fontana's newly opened LA VECCHIA FONTANA brings the true tastes and flavors of Italy to the southern end of Avalon! From the fresh fishes to the pastas to the house made Tiriamsu, you will believe you are dining in historic Roma or in the hills of Tuscany! DO NOT MISS HAVING A MEAL HERE!
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, service a bit slow
Good food, service a bit slow but it seems they are just working it out because it is new.
6/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food at this restaurant, the latest of the Fontana series, is excellent, and we had a very experienced, extremely pleasant waitress. My only complaint is the noise level...it is very loud. I think some acoustic panels would go a long way in this restaurant. We will definitely go back, however, because it is conveniently in our neighborhood.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed it so much we are
We enjoyed it so much we are meeting friends there this week. La Vecchia has a nice selection on the menu. A little bit of everything for everyone. Coffee was hot & delicious. A great selection of desserts. Most restaurants only have a few.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Avalon's Best New Restaurant
This is the best new restaurant in Avalon, hands down!! BYOB. It's a very small restaurant and it gets crowded, so reservations are a must. The service is a little bit slow, but they are new, so I'm sure that will improve with time. Great food and the BEST Tiramisu I've ever had!! We will be going here a lot!
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, bad signage
Had trouble finding this restaurant. It turns out I was right in front of it but didn't realize it until I called the restuarant! They leased a space inside the lobby of a condo building (formerly a motel). There is no signage that's really visible from the street, especially at night. The entrance is shared between the occupants of the condo building and the restaurant. It's a little dim and not vibrant enough for restaurant guests. Inside, though, they created a beautiful atmosphere. It has a real Italian feel to it. The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. I give this restaurant high markings but recommend better signage.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
La Vecchia Fontana is a welcome addition to dining in Avalon- the home of overpriced, mediocre restaurants.
The two veal dishes that we had were excellent (I could cut the ossobuco with a fork!), as was the spinach salad.
We will certainly be returning.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Traveled an hour to try this restaurant...The food was excellent and the portions were large. I never eat pasta out, but we had two superb pasta dishes......Can't wait to revisit to try another dish.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were big fans of La Fantana
We were big fans of La Fantana del Mer, but we had moved to Stone Harbor 5 years ago. The number of decent restaurants in the area did not compel us to drive back to Strathmere. It was wonderful to see this addition to the 7 mile island scene. The combinations of fresh sea food and pasta were wonderful and as we remembered them. Open all year La Vecchia will be a frequent destination for us.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another Great Meal
My third time at La Vecchia was another outstanding dining experience. Again, the service and food were excellent. Again, the noise level was a bit too high to have comfortable conversation . . . neither of us could hear each other the first time we said something. Also, the tables were pretty close together . . . which was not a bad thing because we ended up having recurring conversation with the two women sitting next to us. BUT, if there had been a large table . . .or someone fussy, loud or obnoxious next to us, it would have been hard to ignore. For those reasons, I wouldn't consider it a romantic or special occasion place for a couple.
All this criticism aside, I intend to return as regularly as I can.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Italian fare at reasonable ( for the NJ shore) prices. Our table of three enjoyed soft shell crab, lobster ravioli
And talapia. All portions were very tasty, carefully prepared and of generous proportion.
Waitress was attentive and helpful in explaining ingredients, sauces, etc. This is the best of a long line of restaurants
at this location and is on par with its three older siblings ( Citi in Phillie, Coast in Sea Isle, La Mare
in Strathmere). Like them the noise level can be very energetic even when the restaurant is not completely. full.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food & service!
We have never been disappointed with the food or service at La Vecchia! The risotto dishes, lobster ravioli, veal, eggplant parm, frutti de mer, & homemade gnocchi are all fantastic! However, we give it low ratings in ambience because the noise level is not " energetic", it is extremely loud! Not really a place to enjoy a quiet dinner. Last weekend they had entertainment---2 women with lovely operatic voices, but, once the restaurant became 2/3 full, their voices were almost impossible to enjoy, even just as background music.
That all being said, we will definitely return, because the owner & wait staff are very friendly, good, & accommodating, and the food is excellent!
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
One it our favorite restaurants at the shore... And the best of the Fontana restaurants.
Great menu and ther specials are always creative and delicious!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Meal - Loud Room
We had an outstanding meal (Chilean Sea Bass and Veal Chop) The owners need to put up some acoustic panels on the ceiling to try to absorb some of the noise. That is the only downfall we say about this restaurant.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best Italian food in Avalon.
The best Italian food in Avalon. Really enjoyed our meals. Service ws outstanding. It was a little noisy, but that did not bother us.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Upscale shore dining
Good menu and some great specials. Very pleasant atmosphere.
8/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Tucked away under a condo complex is a great little restaurant. Seemed little a lot of regulars this night. Very good food great service.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
We always enjoy going to LaFontana
We always enjoy going to LaFontana restaurants. The service and food are always excellent! They always remember repeat
customers and treat them very well. We know we can bring guests there. They are always consistent.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and fabulous
Excellent food and fabulous service were reigning at this restaurant. A few items were sent out to our table, complements of the chef, including a delicious antipasto plate. Even though LaVecchia is BYOB, we were served a delicious, refreshing after-dinner drink.
While there were noise-absorbing tiles on the ceiling, it was still noisy due to two large groups surrounding our table. I think the Fontana group has opened another WINNER.
8/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great addition to Avalon dining
La Vecchia Fontana is a great addition to Avalon restaurants. The food is consistently delicious, and the service is top-notch. The only problem continues to be the noise level, which I believe they know, and the wait for a table (even with a reservation) on more popular nights (they need to book their second seating times a bit later). I just hope they stay open through the fall and maybe weekends in the winter too !
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
All four of our entrees were
All four of our entrees were delicious. Service was excellent even though our waitress told us she was doing double duty as hostess and waitress as they were understaffed because students had returned to college.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another Delight for Avalon
Food was wonderful, staff very accommodating. Glad La Vecchia extended their reach to Avalon from Sea Isle. A wonderful replacement for the much missed Stella Rose.
Labor Day Weekend was very hectic with less staff on hand. This should be addressed in advance by taking fewer reservations. Some had to wait an hour after their reserved time to be seated. Fortunately, we changed our time to 8:15 & only had to wait 15 minutes. Hopefully, not a problem during regular season.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food does not disappoint...we've been to all but the Sea Isle "Fontana"s and the food is just outstanding!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good but......
This was not my first time to La Vecchia Fontana and it won't be my last (best Italian on the island) but my wife and I had a reservation for 7:45pm on Saturday night and we had to wait 55 minutes to sit down. We knew there was an issue when we pulled up and saw about 25 to 30 people waiting in the lobby. I am not sure if they over booked or not but something was not working - they did bring a complimentary appetizer to the table for us and offered us wine glasses to have a drink while we waited. There was a party of 3 that came in and had an 8:15pm reservation and they sat down before us.....the hostess said that our table was not ready yet? You do not seat a party that has a reservation after someone - I don't care the size of the table.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food,! Terrific
Wonderful food,! Terrific service! ...music & noise level too loud.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mmmmmm, mmmmm, good!
Never disappointed with food or service! Their pasta, risotto, veal, seafood, salads are all wonderful. Actually, everything is! They also have terrific specials each time we have been there, which was around 8 times over the summer! We only wish they would open another restaurant in Stone Harbor!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food! Probably the best Italian at the beach. You will not be disappointed!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
on the plus side - the food
on the plus side - the food here is very good - in fact, some of their sauces and soups are outstanding; also, the servers are always pleasant and very attentive considering that it gets very crowded in the evenings on weekends.
on the negative side - the prices here are very high - even for Avalon, which we always expect to be higher than similar restaurants in the city
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
An excellent nite out
This is a very popular restaurant with the older, upscale crowd. Tucked away in a corner of Avalon that you would not see unless you know its there, the dining room is attractive, but not large. It fills easily on a weekend nite, with dressy casual diners. Everyone in our party of 4 much enjoyed their food. The Italian offerings are diverse. My traditional veal parm was perfectly prepared, and the side pasta was al dente and hot. Excellent service. I'm always concerned when the waiter doesn't write out the order, but it all came exactly as requested.
The only negative would be a high noise level. Its pricey also, but that's always ok when the food and experience is worth it, as this is. Looking forward to a return visit.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM