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New local business Basil Pizzeria & Trattoria is inviting you to stop by for a taste of its outstanding pizza, pasta, panini, subs, wraps, wings and hot heros along with a variety of incredible housemade desserts.

Basil Pizzeria & Trattoria recently opened its doors at Gordons Center in Manalapan, offering an extensive menu of Italian specialties and more for dine in, delivery or take-out.

The business is owned and operated by area entrepreneurs Antonio Verga and Roberto Lo Bello, who have long dreamed of starting their own pizzeria and restaurant. “It’s something we always wanted to do,” Antonio said. Just a few weeks into this endeavor, Basil Pizzeria & Trattoria is already receiving great feedback from customers in the Manalapan community. From appetizers to entrees, and of course pastries, guests can’t get enough of menu items like the stuffed rice balls, classic chicken parmigiana and delicious tiramisu. Among its pizza selections, Basil Pizzeria & Trattoria serves everyone’s go-to authentic New York style cheese pizza, as well as specialty pies like the popular grandma pizza (made with fresh cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, pecorino and basil). In the mood for something a little different? Try a white pizza, a pan pizza or a tasty calzone for your next meal!


While Basil Pizzeria & Trattoria is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, possibly the best time to visit is on Sunday afternoon for the restaurant’s Sunday Sauce special. Made with meatballs and braciole, this hearty and time-tested recipe is certain to leave you satisfied. No matter what you order at Basil Pizzeria & Trattoria, everything is always prepared using only the freshest ingredients.

Basil Pizzeria & Trattoria can also cater your next gathering! Place an order for pickup or delivery, or book the restaurant’s private party room, which can accommodate as many as 50 guests in a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, reunion or meeting, the room rental is free, so call and book now! Looking ahead to the future of Basil Pizzeria & Trattoria, Antonio and Roberto’s goal for the future is simply for their customers to enjoy good food and have a good time.

Our Reviews

"All the food we have had here so far has been great. Garlic knots are good too!"

Steve Abbott Jr

"They just got new ownership. The food is amazing and the new staff is amazing!!!! Highly recommend. "

Jenn Logo

"I went in for pizza (which was very good) but ended up sitting down for dinner as well because the new dining room and menu looked amazing. I was very impressed with the quality of food and service so this will definitely be my new go to for pizza and casual Italian food. One of the owners told me that they would be doing a Sunday dinner special so will deff be back to try that with my family. I applaud the new owners for bringing quality Italian food to the area and will deff be back whenever I am in Manalapan.

**UPDATE** I went back for the Sunday Sauce and it was absolutely amazing! Might be the best meatballs I have ever had in my entire life!
I will be back soon!"

Brian Deshong

"Wonderful staff and great food. New owners are doing a great job with the place. Will return again."

Taha Hafeez

"Great eatery Old World Italy. Love the variety on the menu and staff are always friendly and attentive. Highly recommend!"

Chan Pop