Dining at the Jersey Shore has been a very unique experience, considering that in Las Vegas, restaurants were able to instantly reopen at 50% capacity indoors. During my recent visit East, it was interesting to see how New Jersey has responded to outside dining. The state almost had the green light for outside dining, but Governor Murphy pulled the plug just two days before. Luckily, it's summertime so restaurants are able to open outside due to the warm weather, however many venues have not only had to accommodate the new rules, but they have become so innovative and creative.
Pulia Italian Trattoria, owned by Gennaro Comella really took it up a notch, even with all the curves balls they were faced - along with many restaurants - due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While sitting on Pulia's patio, enjoying a warm summer night, you feel as though you're in a small cafe in Italy. Pulia's menu consist of fresh home made pastas, creamy burrata, paninis, wood fired authentic pizzas, and even fresh fish. Not only does Pulia have a wide variety to choose from but they also offer amazing daily specials such as the bone in pork chop, and the lobster served over fresh pasta. While dining outside on the patio of Pulia, you can experience live music being played by a professional instrumentalist on his guitar, and the overall experience is like no other.
It's the small business owners who we must take our hats off to. They took a leap of faith by opening outside, and took an even bigger step in becoming innovative & creative in ways that apply to their specific brands. Keep it up! We appreciate it!
Next time you're in Ventnor, NJ, check out Pulia and let me know what you think.
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