Osteria511 Opens With Traditional Italian Fare in Manahawkin

Sep 27, 2017

After running upscale restaurants in New York City, Chris Angelone thought it was time to make a career change. He wanted to stay in the food business, but without the hectic schedule and long days and nights so he would still have time to kick back a little and spend more time with his family.

The end result was Carmine’s New York Bagel Co., which he and his wife, Linda, opened earlier this year in Barnegat Township. But as the summer wore on, Angelone discovered that he really missed the Italian restaurant business. He has now opened Osteria511, at the former site of 72 Degrees in the Driftwood Plaza shopping center, on Route 72 East in Manahawkin.

“At Carmine’s, I kept on expanding the menu,” Angelone said about the business named for Linda’s grandfather, and the middle name of their son Kristofer. “How many bagel shops serve penne ala vodka? I can remember standing over the stove, frying eggs, and saying to myself, ‘This just isn’t me.’”

Angelone said he feels much more at home at Osteria511, where he will join Marco Guido and Luis DeLima as chefs. He said his wife will be the sole owner.

“In Italy, an osteria was a place that served fine wine and traditional family recipes,” said Angelone. “No fusion dishes, just the type of food you’d serve at a family feast. Our menu will feature family recipes.”

Angelone said offerings include tilapia Tuscani, grilled salmon, penne ala vodka, zuppa de mare and gnocchi Bolognese.

“We’re going to be adding to the menu,” he said. “We’ll have surf and turf and filet mignon. For appetizers, people are really liking the stuffed artichokes and the shrimp cocktail. The shrimp we use are large; they look like little lobster tails.”

A graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, Angelone once owned Sage, an Italian tapas eatery on Staten Island. He later was proprietor of Il Milinno, an Italian restaurant in Manhattan.

Guido comes over from Simply Delicious Catering in Secaucus, while DeLima was a chef at the Forge in Miami Beach.

At the time Angelone was running the restaurants, Linda Angelone had a career as a contract hospital auditor. Now she’s joined him in business and is loving it.

“We’ll be available for catering and private parties,” she said. “We’re also going to have live entertainment.”

She said that on Thursdays, Louis Abbato will feature songs of Frank Sinatra, beginning at 4 p.m. On Thursday evening, Oct. 20, Osteria511 will present Bobby Valli, the younger brother of Frankie Valli.

That appearance was not too difficult to arrange.

“Bobby’s married to Mother’s sister,” said Linda.

Chris Angelone said the bagel shop may return, as he is looking to expand into the adjacent former site of Community Surgical.

“But right now, I’m concentrating on serving family-style Italian cuisine,” he said.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday). Telephone 609-622-8333.

— Eric Englund


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