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This place consistently makes a killer sandwich. It has a sandwich take-out menu, but they will make you anything you want. Whatever you get, add their sharp provolone. Worth the drive to Long Beach Island. Portions are very generous – one sandwich is two meals for me. Nice alternative when you don’t want to cook but also don’t feel like going out to eat.
One of a kind on LBI! Executive French Chef Francis is the chef and owner! Amazing great food. A must go to for “foodies.” All pastries and food prepared by the chef/owner. The French inspired dishes are amazing!
Little Bite of Italy is well-named. The dining area is little but the food was great. The service was excellent. The ambiance was warm and comfortable.
Can’t wait to go again. We enjoyed every aspect of the three course meal. The seabass and Veal Marsala were both tremendous! Cheesecake one of the best we’ve ever had! Totally unpretentious and relaxed atmosphere.
I had dinner here with five couples on a Sunday at 8 pm. The service was impeccable, the food was divine, and not a single member of our dining party left feeling anything but enjoyment.
We did the 3-course prix fixe menu. I had the jamon Serrano wrapped melon, scallops with black ink cappellini, and the lime mousse. Sounds like a lot but the portions were perfect. I left feeling satisfied, but not stuffed. Also on the menu, was an arrabiata (white fish), lobster ravioli, and escargot. Everyone ordered something different so we could all taste each other’s dishes.
I cannot stress enough that this place is a MUST for dinner, and the deli is pretty spectacular, too. Bottom line: Eat here!
This place is very deceiving from the outside. Looks like a cute little deli store. In the back is tucked a quiet little restaurant with outstanding food. I would suggest reservations as the place is tiny and the service is dedicated to very attentive individual attention to each table. Fresh food, prepared beautifully. Go for their three course specials. BYOB
This little French/Italian restaurant is the best restaurant on Long Beach Island. Chef Francis is amazing. His food preparation and presentation is superb. This coupled with his excellent staff made our dining experience memorable. Words simply cannot convey the mouth watering array of beautifully prepared foods he set before us. The foie gras, the escargot, the sea bass, the duck breast, the lobster ravioli, the bouillabaisse, one and all… simply great!
As if this was not enough, we next experienced desserts which brought a new meaning to the word exceptional. We were so impressed, that we paid a second visit just to make sure we hadn’t been dreaming. Once again, we were taken on a marvelous voyage filled with the sights and smells of truly wondrous food. Everything from the moment we walked in the door to the moment we departed was outstanding. We had the Foie Gras, beet salad with goat cheese, veal marsala, seared scallops wrapped with prosciutto, creme brulee, and apple tart. Everything was prepared and served within the highest standards of culinary art. We are going back in October for our wedding anniversary. We thank Francis and his wife Debra for sharing their gifts and talents.
I can’t say enough about my wonderful dining experience at a Little Bite of Italy. My family has been coming here for as long as I can remember for imported Italian meats and cheeses but this was our first experience at the restaurant. Chef Francis is an artist in the truest sense. This is a man who understands and loves food and his love is translated on every plate in a relaxed unpretentious setting.
I started my meal with the foie gras. The dish was simply prepared and the quality of the liver first rate. It was a silky, sumptuous appetizer that melted in my mouth and can only be described as sublime. I shared it with my 8 year old and she ate every last morsel of sauce on my plate. Foie gras is something that I order whenever I can Chef Francis version is the best I’ve ever eaten.
The grilled squid that my daughter ordered was tender and charred perfectly. Every forkful tasted like summer. My Dad ordered the escargot and they tasted as they should, earthy, buttery and unfettered. I ordered the whole branzino as the main course and was blown away. The fish was tender, wonderfully seasoned and elegantly presented. By far the most soulful fish I’ve ever eaten.
My daughter ordered the lobster ravioli and to call this a ravioli is an understatement. Imagine a generous mound of lobster topped with a razor thin pasta of crepe-like consistency paired with a light cream sauce. My mom had the bouillabaisse and it was loaded with shrimp, sea bass, monkfish, clams and squid. This rustic dish was amazing. The stock could have been served on its own. Dad had the duck and it was perfect. My fiancee had the seabass and it was equally delicious.
Dessert was the ricotta cheesecake, creamy, not too sweet and the perfect ending to a perfect meal.
My in-laws met the chef while waiting for a book store up the street to open. They stopped in and had a cappuccino (very good). They could tell the chef Francis loved food and his credentials were amazing.
We ate dinner there on Saturday night and were excited. I had the standard three course meal. I had a goat cheese salad for appetizer that was amazing. My fiance had the foie gras which blew my goat cheese appetizer away even though the goat cheese appetizer was probably a ten on any scale.
For my entree I had the seabass and vegetables. The vegetables were so good I had everyone at the table had to try the broccoli and they loved it. I know you say it’s just broccoli but it was prepared differently and delicious. My sea bass itself had a thin layer of potato on top that looked like scales of the fish and was seasoned to perfection. My family remarked that they did not have to wash my plate because it was so clean.
The last part of my meal was the creme brulee. I love love love creme brulee and this was not a disappointment in any way. It moved into my top spot for best all time. I also had the cappuccino and it was so smooth and tasty. At the end of the night the chef came to our table and talked to us and told us how he cooked that delicious broccoli . It was a really special meal for me and my family and we enjoyed it very much. We will be back.
I have been to A Little Bite of Italy for a few years, usually buying cold cuts / salads/ cheese / breads. I saw they had a restaurant in their side and one night my husband and I decided to go, one night when I wasn’t cooking for a houseful.
All l I can say is OMG!! The food was awesome, it is byob as many restaurants are. We had the beet and warm goat cheese salad and calamari appetizer – one of the best I have ever tasted. I had the seabass and it was very good with spinach; but my honey had the lobster ravioli. To call it a ravioli does not give it justice, it was a pasta ‘crepe’ with a lobster tail and claw and then topped with another pasta ‘crepe’, it was delicious. The sauce was light and creamy. This will be added to our list of restaurants to go to.