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Tre Amici
Tre Amici

Tre Amici Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.treamicinj.com/
  • Phone: (732) 571-8922
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Closed
    Tuesday - Thursday 4:00 - 10:00
    Friday - Saturday 4:00 - 10:30
    Sunday - 4:00 - 9:00

    Happy Hour Tuesday - Friday - 4:00 - 6:30
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Zappoli
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Off Premise catering options are available.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: New Jersey Transit goes right to Long Branch
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a parking lot behind the restaurant.
A word from Tre Amici
More than 20 years ago, three Italian boys from the Jersey Shore met on the baseball diamond, intent on dominating their local little league division. Now, they are returning to their roots, intent on dominating the New Jersey restaurant scene. Celebrated chef Matthew Zappoli, brother Paul Zappoli, and lifelong friend Michael Cacciuttolo have opened Tre Amici, or "Three Friends," on Ocean Avenue in Long Branch.

The three graduates of Middletown High School North, after making their careers elsewhere, have come home to Monmouth County. Executive Chef Matthew Zappoli, a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, hails from the kitchens of some of America's most celebrated restaurateurs – including Charlie Palmer and Sami Ledeki. Zappoli's innovative menus have pleased the palates of audiences in Manhattan, Las Vegas, San Diego, and Sonoma wine country.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We've been to the old location several times and loved it! The new location is beautiful, but much smaller. It was our anniversary and the hostess sat us in a two top, we asked to move to another table where we can have our privacy. She was polite and did. The resturant was nowhere near full, she sat another couple right next to us. We could eat off their plate, they were so close! The woman was on her phone and we heard her entire conversation with her kids, then proceeded to show her husband a video on Facebook. Why did the hostess have to sit them next to us when there were several tables available? I do have to mention, it was a Wednesday. The scallop risotto was greasy and not the same as before. New isn't a always better."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "We ate several times at their old location and loved it.Then, it was a "BYOB", which, for us, was a BIG "plus"! Now, it has a full bar, which takes up about 1/3 of the space in the restaurant. The "plus" concerning the bar is the bartender, Craig. They also have a happy hour which I believe starts at 4:30 p.m. and goes to 6 or 6:30 p.m. The reduced prices for those drinks and appetizers is a "plus". The two constants between the old place and new are the excellent food and service. The décor is unremarkable, except that it's all "hard surfaces" and causes the place to get VERY noisy when full. Having people at the bar using their laptops and watching one of the 3 TV's over the bar is evidence that the older, more elegant place is gone."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The new location and great food only adds to the legend of one of the Jersey Shores best Restaurants. Tre Amici amazes with a combination of classic styling's and contemporary cuisine. Tasty and interesting at the same time."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "New venue is not as intimate as the old location. Feels very cold and stiff. Music was too loud and totally inappropriate for dining.With very few diners all one could hear was the overbearing music. Probably won't go back for that reason. Food is still very good. but not good enough for a return visit."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Our family of 4 all ordered different appetizers, salads and main courses and no one was disappointed in their choice! My special Summer Salad was tender, tasty and beautifully presented as was my main dish of Sea Scallops and Lobster Risotto! The Eggplant Parmesan with pasta was pure perfection! Although we do not live in this area of NJ, we will definitely be coming back to Tre Amici whenever we are at the beach!! Delicious!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Food was delicious and the wait staff was very pleasant. Would like to see more gluten free options though."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Have gone to Tre Amici for years and was always one of our favorite go to spots. Went last week to the new location and was so disappointed. The menu change removed all the staple dishes of an Italian restaurant. No main chicken dish - parmigiana, Francese, Marsala- nothing. The appetizers we ordered were barely enough for one person and over priced. The main entrees were on the small side, over priced and tasted like an entire bottle of salt was used to make it. The food was never like that in the past. New location is nice but tables are stacked on top of each other. We were there at 5:30 on a Friday night and there were a couple tables but with the restaurant full the noise level would be very high. Service was mediocre."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Even before chef Zapoli won on the TV program Chopped, restaurant Tre Amici was a pearl in Long Branch. His use of fresh, local and organic foods surprises us each time we go for dinner and each new dish he creates is wonderful. Just last night, watermelon and caviar salad was the newest surprise. The pastas are all fantastic and if you like seafood ask for the octopus appetizer and the flounder. Last thing, since Tre Amici moved to its new location, they now sell their own liquor so no more BYOB needed which is incredibly convenient and their wine list is good."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Had visited Tres amici several times before they moved. Was shocked to find that they now had a full bar. Part of the attraction was byob. Food still great as was service but tables at back are very close and dark. Really have downsized. Still on the list of go back places"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Appetizer was a joke. Watermelon salad with three small chunks of watermelon for two people? Really? Bread served with no butter or olive oil. Dinner was also small and expensive for the serving size plus it was missing something...oh yeah TASTE! I ordered a margarita and it was served in a soda glass. I'll never go back. Zagat gave a 5 star rating too last time I trust them."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The food never disappoints but gone are the white table cloths, the music on the weekend, the nice atmosphere. The tables, especially in the front are too small and cramped, making it difficult for the servers to work. Gone is also the added perk of BYOB, since now there is a bar complete with TVs! We had the softshell crabs and crispy chicken with risotto and both dishes were excellent."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Food was outstanding. Not your usual, but so delicious! We were the only ones in the place at 5:45 on a Friday evening but it did fill up by 7. Service was slow, especially when the place was empty."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We have always loved this restaurant and its new location adds a sophisticated vibe - as always the food is amazing, the service on point and although no longer BYOB, the wines selection Is excellent. Although we usually share an appetizer I could not turn down the special 'watermelon' starter - fanciful, flavorful and beautifully presented. My duck 2 ways was perfect and my husbands veal dish delicious as always- a cheese platter ( a bit small) finished off a wonderful meal. We look forward to returning !"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Great food and staff! We had to make reservations even though the place wasn't filled. Very nice atmosphere. Great for a date night! The staff were very friendly and the food came out quickly. It is a little pricey, but I definitely would go back for a special occassion."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We always enjoy coming here. The food is always great and the service is top notch. Loved the soft shell crab special. Another return is in the near future."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My wife and I have been regulars at the prior location. We were excited that they acquired a liquor license with a bar and went to the new location for the first time. The service and food were fantastic as always. We were surprised that the dining area was so much smaller. In fact, our table was so close to the bar, the parties at the bar apologized for any inconveniences caused. Next time, we would eat at the bar. All in all, we were surprised how much smaller the restaurant was just for a bar and liquor license."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We frequented the restaurant at the old location many times & enjoyed the ambience and food very much. We also enjoyed the fact that you were a BYOB. We have been to the restaurant twice since the move, and can honestly say that we will not be returning. Noise level is extremely high and the addition of the bar has made the cost as high as many other competitive restaurants. In addition all four of our dishes were very salty and in general disappointing. After recently reading reviews of other patrons on-line, many people share our opinion."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Second time at Tre Amici but first time at their new location. Nice restaurant, knowledgeable staff, and great meal. Appetizers were great, squid was so tender and yummy. Veal was prepared perfectly. Pasta dish was great with homemade pasta and shellfish. No room for dessert. Wine was good but wine list could be improved. Preferred BYOB over their wine list. Overall, yummy!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We have eaten at Tre Amici many times and each meal has been good to great. The stuffed pork chop is one of my favorites and is always made to perfection and it is enough for 2 meals and a great value . However My opinion is that the original location was much nicer. The setting was nicer, suited for a nice dinner date with table cloths and live music a few nights. The new location still has great food and service, but the place is cramped and the servers can't get to some of the tables without bumping into you and the noise level on the weekends is great for a sports bar but not for the restaurant we had come to know and frequent. I will definitely still go for the food but will miss the original location."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Food quality and service were very good. Restaurant is relatively small. Small tables - the main course serving dish (which was large) took up practically the entire side of the table. Tables are too close together. Even a small person can barely squeeze in to the rear of the tables against the wall. Noise level is very high. Conversation is difficult due to noise level."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "For starters I had the grilled octopus and my wife chose the special summer salad that featured watermelon topped with a balsamic caviar and pickled watermelon pieces surrounded by an olive powder. Evidently there are some molecular gastronomy techniques employed in the kitchen! For the main course I had the rabbit agnolotti and my wife had the Long Island duck two ways. The fresh home made agnolotti was filled with a combination of smoked rabbit and marscapone with truffle oil and served over a Madeira jus. The duck included a roasted breast, a confit leg and a black fig compote and was served with basmati rice. All of the dishes were delicious and we look forward to returning to Tre Amici to further explore the menu."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The food was between very good and superb. We shared the clams oreganato and they were very good - had a little tang to it. We both had Manhattan's to drink and they were great. What was outstanding was the Veal Saltimbocca - probably the best veal dish I have ever had. We were too full for dessert. The service has very friendly and efficient. The reason for not getting five stars was the noise level. Initially, my wife was ready to leave, or at least not come back to the restaurant. It was that bad. It got a little better, and based on the quality of the food, we will go back, but probably not on a Saturday night. If they get the noise level down, it would be one of the best restaurants in the area."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Restaurant is quanitly small, could have used a little more elbow room. I would recommend and I would go back. I believe everything was made fresh. Noise level increased with the hour and the crowd. Small bar."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We ate at Tre Amici on July 3rd. The food and service was outstanding. The owner stopped by to chat with us to ensure everything was OK. It was and then some."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The food is very good but the noise level and the closeness to the next table spoil the dining experience. The service is very good and the manager even is friendly but the noise makes it difficult to enjoy a conversation with dining companions. The old restaurant was much more pleasing to dining. Hope they can fix the noise level."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "No surprises here everything on the menu was very good"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "As a vegetarian (no fish), there weren't many options, however, the Fettucini Tartufo was flavorful. My guest had the Black Ink Pasta and, although he enjoyed it, he did say he has had better elsewhere."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "First of all, I would not go back. The noise level was unbearable we had difficulty hearing our own conversation & the place was not full at the time we were there Though the food was tasty, the portions were very small for the price we paid. Sorry, but that was our 1st and last experience at the new restaurant We have been at the old facility several time and enjoyed it very much Madonna"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We were spoiled by the Ocean Ave restaurant. Sauces were not as good, chicken was salty, and my Duck was really tough. Never had a bad meal before......"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We have eaten MANY times at Tre Amici and have had wonderful meals. The restaurant recently relocated and now has a liquor license (which I was not aware of). When I made reservations (and received a phone confirmation) I was not told that we could not bring our own wine. This was a disappointment because I had brought a very special bottle I wanted to share. Generally, when this kind of transition occurs, restaurants allow their clientele to bring wine for the first few months, then phase in a corkage fee or opt to no longer allow wine to be brought to their establishment--and that is certainly their prerogative. We will still dine there because the food is consistently good…but probably not quite as often as we previously did."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "First visit to the new location and overall was quite disappointed. The food was exceptional as usual, but the restaurant itself was noisy and cramped. Would probably return for the food, but a restaurant as popular as this one should have relocated to a larger location."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The new location has forced too many tables into a small space making private conversations impossible and causing wait staff to constantly be pushing from all sides. Very uncomfortable. Also parking across street did not seem at all safe."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Liked it better as a BYOB. A bit pricy but very good food. Very friendly employees."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I understood the reason for the price of the entrees at the old location because there was no liquor to make the profit from but now I don't think I'll be going back unless they reduce prices or have specials."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We had heard such great reviews from friends that visited the old place. When a groupon came available I jumped at it. Didn't know they were in the middle of moving. There wasn't much ambience. I thought the prices were very high for the location. If this place was on the water with a view, or offered outside seating with nice setting, I think they could justify their prices. The food was good, my son raved about the duck. Not impressed with the bar...too big for the place. BYO, would have fit better."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The new location for Tre Amici is much smaller that their original spot around the corner. Every table was filled and the noise level was "energetic" to say the least. The service was spot on with cocktails, appetizers and the entrees flowing perfectly. Oh, yes, the food was awesome too. It was a nice touch when chef/owner Matthew came out to say hello to the diners. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Went for dinner with my husband after a beautiful day at the beach.perfect! The new space is modern and seats less people than the old space. We have always been fans of the food but it was even better than in the past. We spoke with the chef,who made the rounds in the dining room, he is able to devote more attention to each plate and will be able to experiment more with the menu. We were thrilled with the items we ordered: pasta tartuffo(one of our facorites here)which we split as an app, scallops with a shrimp risotto, veal saltimbacco my husband used bread to soak up the sauce remaining on the plate! we were able to enjoy two glasses of reasonably priced but good wine. Yes they nowhave a liquor license. This is now our favorite place !!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The space is much nicer then the old spot. noise level too high."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Hopefully the owner will do something to sound proof the restaurant. Suggestions, padding the table tops, table cloths, something on one or all walls. We have dined there twice, and on. on both occasions, the notice level is intolerable. Also, the restaurant should invest in decent cutlery. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My husband and I have always dined at this resturant but it's new location is small and noisy the wait staff is inexperienced could not calculated our change correctly it took our waitress three times before she got it right.its no longer a Byob resturant and the prices have increased to a ridiculous level given the location and staff.sad to say but we won't return"
    Dined on 6/7/2014