Monmouth EatBeat - Fromagerie
Chef/Owner | Steven Botta
Owner | Angelo Bongiovanni
Open | June 2016
Seating capacity | 135
Signature Dish | Halibut Oreganata
Steven & Angelo’s Favorite Dish | Tomahawk Pork Chop
Hours of Operation | Lunch Monday – Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.;
Monday – Thursday, 5pm – 10pm; Friday – Saturday, 5pm – 11pm;
Sunday, 5pm – 10pm
At Fromagerie in Rumson, restaurateurs Steven Botta and Angelo Bongiovanni invite you to dine in their authentic continental restaurant – truly a one-of-a-kind establishment in Monmouth County.
The revamped restaurant serves up a sampling of cuisine inspired by dishes from various European countries. It’s been just a year since they renovated and re-opened Fromagerie with partners Paul and Enilda Sansone, and already it’s evident that this elegant eatery has struck a chord with the Monmouth County dining scene.
When Steven and Angelo assumed ownership of and overhauled Fromagerie last year, they expanded their impressive restaurant portfolio that includes the Brando’s Citi Cucina in Asbury Park and Osteria in Marlboro. But Fromagerie stands on its own, with a unique menu and both creative and traditional preparation and presentation.
“We wanted to put a spin on some classic continental foods like dry-aged steaks, which we have in all our restaurants, escargot, veal chops, and chicken,” Steven says. “And we wanted to bring back some of the lost arts of food service and techniques. We serve a Caesar’s Salad tableside, and our Dover Sole is deboned right in the dining room. Thirty years ago, a lot of restaurants did that, but today, not a lot do.”
The warm, inviting dining room at Fromagerie was completely remodeled, “to restore its original beauty,” Steven says. Two fi replaces and an expanded mahogany bar accent the dark and chocolate-colored wood that stretches across the restaurant.
A menu complete with Foie Gras, Mozzarella with Prosciutto appetizers and Bronzino, Duck Breast, and Porterhouse entrées offers a delicious variety of Fromagerie’s take on continental cuisine.
All of the food is prepared from scratch, and specials are offered daily. A room upstairs with a separate bar can accommodate a private party for up to 50 people.
“We enjoy providing fresh, exceptional food and service with a little something different to our customers,” Steven says.
Every Tuesday, Fromagerie hosts “Burger Night,” where the restaurant’s Blue Label Blend burger made from dry-aged ribeye, short rib and brisket – which was tied for fi rst in the Great Jersey Shore Burger Contest – is served with hand-cut fries and all the ‘fixins, along with a glass of wine or beer, and live entertainment, for $25.
For those looking for an introduction to what Fromagerie has to offer, its expansive Prix Fixe menu served most days of the week has a selection of about six different appetizers and entrées, and several desserts to choose from. “At $35 a person, it’s a great value that we offer to our customers.
We want to make the restaurant accessible to everyone, and give them a taste of what we serve,” Steven says.
Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion this summer or want to indulge in an elegant continental meal, make a reservation at Fromagerie, and see why Steven and Angelo’s latest restaurant has quickly become a popular dining destination in the shore area.