iagio Schiano understands why people might find Mossuto’s “a little
strange.” The place he and his sister run in Wall Township is, after
all, an Italian market, bakery, butcher shop, deli, pizzeria, bar—and a
restaurant with seriously good food.
Wall, between Belmar and Brielle, isn’t a beach town, but it is a Shore
town. As such, the informal, family-friendly vibe of Mossuto’s fits right in.
Indeed, the restaurant to Schiano’s way of thinking, is perfect for customers
“who want to eat fine dining while hanging out in their shorts.”
The layout is unusual, because it began as Schiano’s father’s market, A&S
Italian Specialties. You enter, pass a few small tables on your left, and emerge in
the middle of the market, with its shelves, butcher and deli counters, and a bar
with seats that face the deli counter and the kitchen behind it. The bar wraps
around to the dining room on the right, which holds the wood-burning brick
oven imported from Italy. All told, there are 120 seats, with wooden chairs, small
tables and cafeteria-style silverware. Still, the welcome is warm, each place is
set with a large cloth napkin, and the food is simple, traditional and satisfying. PH
EDITED BY ERIC LEVIN
REVIEWS BY PAT TANNER, ERIC LEVIN
AND JILL P. CAPUZZO
MARKET & CAFE
AMBIENCE: No-frills dining areas wrapped
around a brimming Italian market
SERVICE: Friendly, hustling
WINE LIST: 22 by the glass, all but one Italian, $6 to $20; moderately priced bottle list;
full bar; craft and Italian beers on tap
PRICES: Appetizers, $6-$15; entrées, $13-
$40; desserts, $10
HOURS: Dinner: Tuesday through Thursday,
5 to 10 PM; Friday and Saturday, 5 to 11 PM.
Lunch: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 AM to 4
PM; Sunday, 11 AM to 3 PM. Note: Pizzas, salads
and small items available Tuesday through
Saturday, 4 to 5 PM.
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2029 Route 35, Wall Township
A Legacy of Love
Two siblings expand their father’s Italian
market, add a bakery, wood-burning oven,
kitchen and bar—and it’s tutto delizioso.