Quick Bite

At Lola’s European Cafe: Paninis, Drinks & Gelato

Lola's European Cafe in Asbury Park is a rustic gelateria and cafe serving paninis, salad boards, drinks and 24 flavors of creamy, house-made gelato.

Photo by Jacqueline Klecak


Rustic café and gelateria with brick walls, reclaimed-wood tables and counters, and floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of downtown Asbury Park’s food and arts district. Patrons can also dine al fresco at a counter or at red metal tables.

The Scoop

Lola’s was formerly Casa di Dolce, a popular gelato spot. After a renovation, owner Scott Mizrahi reopened the space in 2015 with a menu expanded to include savories.

The Menu

Gelato remains the main attraction. Employees encourage sampling of the 24 flavors of creamy, house-made ice cream. Order a medium or large cup to make room for two flavors, or opt for a waffle cone. Drink options include eight specialty cocktails, boozy milkshakes, coffee and tea cocktails, and dessert martinis. Beer, wine and bourbon are also available. Foodwise, there are five panini, three salad boards and three cheese boards. Melted mozzarella overflows the crunchy bread in the prosciutto and peppers panini. The fresh mozzarella salad board adopts the colors of the Italian flag. Tomato and cheese wedges lie atop a bed of arugula. A balsamic drizzle tops off the shareable dish.

Heads Up

Can’t get enough gelato? Take a pint or quart to go. Call to order 6- or 12- inch gelato cakes.

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Restaurant Details

  • Cuisine Type:
    American - Italian
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  • Lola’s European Cafe
    539 Cookman Avenue
    Asbury Park, NJ 07712
  • Hours:
    Monday - Closed
    Tuesday - Thursday 11:30am - 10pm
    Friday - Saturday 11:30am - 11pm
    Sunday 10am -10pm
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