Living here in New Jersey, it’s easy to few local joints serving top quality veal parmigiana.

When I was growing up, the smell of Sunday sauce throughout my Italian American neighborhood could be detected for miles.

I never had to angle for an invitation to anyone’s home, they always welcomed me with open arms.

I usually wound up at my best friend’s house, especially when her Italian immigrant grandmother was visiting. Grandma Giuseppina made the best Sunday sauce.

One of my favorite dishes was Veal Parmigiana. Sadly, my mother never made it because veal was more expensive than chicken.

Long before I was born, veal was cheaper than chicken. I found that out from my neighbor across the street. He told me that his wife and mother made veal dishes all the time back in the 1940’s and 1950’s.

Did You Ever Wonder About The Origins Of Parmigiana Dishes?

Wikipedia explains the possible origins: There are several theories about the origin of the dish. Most frequently its invention is attributed to either Parma, Sicily or Campania. The case for Parma is that parmigiana refers to Parma and because Parmesan cheese is produced there. Sicilian food writers have several different explanations for a Sicilian origin. According to author Pino Correnti, the word parmigiana derives from the Sicilian word for damigiana, a wicker sleeve used both for wine bottles and the hot casserole in which the dish would be prepared and served.

Here’s Robyn’s List Of Monmouth County Restaurants Serving Great Veal Parmigiana

Try buying veal on a budget these days. Unless my local grocery store runs a sale, the cheapest you’re going to find veal cutlets is maybe $17.99 a pound. The butcher charges upwards of $20 a pound.

A few months ago, Shop Rite had veal cutlets on sale for $10.99 a pound and I practically bought out the store.

When I’m on the hunt for a good veal parm restaurant meal, I have my favorites. I also have a long list of other people’s favorite restaurants for tender veal parm.

I love a bone-in veal parm, but I will eat any version of veal parmigiana as long as it is tender and prepared by a chef who cares about quality and flavor.

Let’s go on veal Parmigiana journey throughout Ocean County and find the places with the best, according to me and my foodie friends.

  • Biagio’s Trattoria - 509 US-9, Lanoka Harbor, NJ 08734

    Winner’s of a 2023 WRAT Shore Award for Best Italian Restaurant. Remember, the WRAT Shore Awards were voted by our listening audience. Biagio’s has a delicious veal parm. Next time I go to Biagio’s, I’m swapping out the regular red sauce (which is delicious), for their vodka sauce. The vodka sauce is excellent on the veal parm.



  • Dina's Bistro - 2008 NJ-37, Toms River, NJ 08753

    The space that used to be occupied by The Serenity Café is now Dina’s Bistro.. A little over a year ago, Dina Warren and her family opened this intimate bistro. On my next visit, I plan on ordering the 16 ounce bone-in veal chop parmigiana. Several people have given it their seal of approval. The food and service are fantastic, and the Warren family are warm and welcoming to everyone who steps through their doors.



  • Tardi's Italian Restaurant - 931 Fischer Blvd, Toms River, NJ 08753

    Bellcrest Plaza has some good restaurants, and Tardi’s is one of them. My husband turned me on to this place several years ago and the food is good. They serve a tasty plate of veal parm baked in a homemade tomato sauce and covered in in a decent amount of mozzarella cheese. I also recommend the veal Sorrentino layered with eggplant, prosciutto, and mozzarella. BYOB for a meal at this family owned establishment.

  • Fiore Rosso - 1825 Hooper Ave, Toms River, NJ 08753

    Located in Rand Plaza in the Silverton section of Toms River, Fiore Rosso serves up impressive dishes at very reasonable prices. Their veal parm is a winner and it’s about $30. I’ve seen restaurants charge double that for the same excellent quality meal. It’s a very small place so you’re going to need a reservation.


  • Cordi's Italian Gourmet - 101 Prosper Wy, Brick Township, NJ 08723

    Cordi’s recently moved to a new location in the  The Shoppes at New Visions. It’s a bigger place than the original and it is absolutely stunning. This Italian fine dining establishment serves up incredible dishes, including  mouthwatering veal parmigiana. You can get the boneless version, or the butterflied rib veal chop pounded thin, breaded and fried, baked to perfection, topped with mozzarella and marinara sauce served with a side of pasta. I can’t wait to visit the new location. 


  • Dolce Liberta - 100 McKinley Ave, Manahawkin, NJ 08050

    According to Elaina, this modern Italian restaurant moved to Manahawkin from Lanoka Harbor last year, and serves delicious tender veal dishes. Elaina either gets the veal parm or the veal picatta. She has tried both the house made red sauce and the vodka sauce on her veal parm.  Thanks to Elaina and Dave, I now have another restaurant to check out near LBI.


    Veal Parm Dolce Liberta Manahawkin


  • MonAlyssa Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria - 1635 Bay Ave, Point Pleasant, NJ 08742

    Another restaurant I haven’t tried yet. Several people online made mention of this place for a killer plate of veal parm. Jenn A. even went as  far as calling the veal parm, outstanding. Del said it reminded him of his mom’s veal parm.  It’s a family affair at MonAlyssa, Chef Santos is in the kitchen with his wife, son and extended family cooking up flavorful dishes for his customers.


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