moon ‘struck: adj. affected by, or as if by, the moon:
a: romantically dreamy b: lost in fantasy or reverie -Merriam Webster Dictionary
What is better than that carefree feeling of having just fallen in love? When nothing else in the world matters except being with that special someone. When you come to Moonstruck, we want you to relax and enjoy the experience. Focus on your date, your family, or your friends. Like the line from the movie says: “Snap out of it!” Relax…Focus on the simple joys of life: Love, Family, Food and Comradery…and let us take care of you. Welcome “a la famiglia…Capeesh?”
History: 2016 marks Moonstruck’s 21st anniversary! The restaurant originally opened in Ocean Grove in 1995 as a small storefront BYOB and moved to its current location in May, 2002. But it really all began with The Raspberry Café. Founded in 1989 by owners Howard Raczkiewicz and Luke Magliaro, the breakfast and lunch place was legendary for it’s fresh food and juice bar. To this day Howard and Luke are still the hands-on owners who oversee the operation on a daily basis. “We have a lot of good memories and have made many friends and acquaintances over the years. We wish to thank everyone for their patronage, encouragement and support which has enabled us to realize our dream. Please know that we are determined to keep our focus on what we have always strived for: To be real and to provide good food, good service, and good atmosphere. It is our proven recipe for success. Simple but true.”
Atmosphere: Moonstruck is housed in a multi-story – Victorian style building with lots of windows and wrap around porches. There are wonderful views across Wesley Lake to the Victorian Homes of Ocean Grove and The Great Auditorium, Ocean Grove’s famous landmark…And sometimes the full moon! The first floor is the bar and cocktail lounge area where guests may enjoy drinks and appetizers. The second and third floors house the main dining rooms, each with their own bar which are saved for dining customers only. The third floor may also be booked for private parties during our off season on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday nights. It can accommodate up to 70 guests. There is also a small, semi-private room which can be booked for parties of 12 to 18 guests any night we are open. (Please go to our Private Party page for more details)
All floors are equipped with bathrooms and there is an elevator making all public areas ADA accessible.
Outdoor porches provide for al fresco dining in the summertime. The breezes, the views and the candlelight make for a very romantic ambiance. If there happens to be a full moon in the sky, watch out! “When the moon hits your eye like a big Pizza Pie…”
Cuisine: We call it American-Mediterranean Grill. Our menu features many classics from Filet Mignon to Rosemary Chicken to Seafood Combinations. Many preparations are inspired by the healthy cooking of The Mediterranean region: Italy, Spain, France, Greece, North Africa and The Middle-East; with a few nods towards South-East Asia. We focus on Salads, Fresh Vegetables and Seasonal offerings. We try to keep things on the healthier side by using fresh Ingredients, quality oils and whole grains in many of our dishes. It’s not so much about health food or fancy food; it’s about fresh food, comfort food. You can splurge on our Walnut Crusted Rack of Lamb with Pomegranate Demi-glace and Lemon Risotto or go easy with our Mediterranean Platter of Fresh Grilled Vegetables, Roasted Peppers, Humus and Fresh Mozzarella. Or enjoy a simple Grilled Shrimp with Pesto Linguine and a crisp White Wine. Whatever you’re in the mood for. Mangia, Enjoy!
When the moon hits your eye like a big-a pizza pie that’s amore. When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine that’s amore. When the stars make you drool just-a like pasta fazool that’s amore. When you dance down the street with a cloud at your feet, you’re in love. When you walk in a dream but you know you’re not dreamin’, signore, ‘scusa me, but you see, back in old Napoli, That’s Amore!
-Sung by Dean Martin; Words and Music by Harry Warren and Jack Brooks