Owner Alessandra Siniscalco, a first generation Italian, opened Caf? Piazza Dolce as a business school graduate with a passion for food, but ended up becoming the chef of a celebrated Italian trattoria. While the restaurant originally sold only espresso, gelato, and fresh baked goods, Caf? Piazza Dolce's popularity soon transformed it into a cozy eatery serving authentic Italian pastas, pizzas, and grilled dishes. The menu, comprised of both a weekend brunch and daily dinner selections, brings together entrees from every region of Italy. Caprese salads often start dinners, followed by house-made pastas for main courses. Hand-tossed pizzas rise in wood-fired ovens, topping with ingredients such as egg, prosciutto, or bacon pesto, and the kitchen's grill chars a wide range of proteins from steak to salmon. On the weekends, the chefs have a sleepover at the restaurant so they can be up early preparing pancakes, poutine, and gourmet egg sandwiches for brunch.
Under the watchful eye of Chef Francesco Martini, Buona Vita! dishes out a penninsular menu of hearty Italian fare. Start off an appetizing adventure by supping on antipasti such as mozzarella di bufala caprese, a plate of imported buffalo mozzarella, fresh basil, and heirloom tomatoes bequeathed by the Mother Nature estate ($11.95). Next, delve fork tines into primi including the lobster fazzoletti, a plateful of homemade lobster-stuffed ravioli ($23.95), or the gnocchi alla sorrentina, delicate dumplings accented by basil ($15.95). Risotto offerings include the alla Milanese con funghi, which sports saffron and mushrooms to outfit the palate in tasty style ($19.95). Protein-laden secondi such as the bistecca alla fiorentina, a grilled 16-ounce Angus rib eye ($29.95), provide a flavorful way to fill carnivorous bellies and a decadent nesting place for wandering steak knives.
Since 1986, the chefs at Sabatino’s Italian Kitchen have been preparing entrees; making pastas such as scampi, marsala, and cacciatore; and stuffing calzones and hot subs with tried-and-true Italian ingredients. The restaurant's pizzas are loaded with whole-tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and accoutrements such as roasted peppers, pesto sauce, and roasted eggplant. Toppings choices abound for thin-crust pizzas, while set gourmet combinations such as the four-cheese and meat-lovers pizzas take the guesswork out of ordering. They can also pack up cold cuts such as salami, sweet capicola, and prosciutto by the pound for at-home meat-shrine building. Though not valid with this Groupon, Sabatino's also features an extensive wine list.
Our Italian restaurant brings to you the many tastes of Italy's regions. Delicious traditional recipes as well as popular specialties will awaken your taste buds. Our dishes are prepared in the traditional Italian style, with the finest and freshest ingredients
Within an unassuming brick storefront near the river, Avellino's loads up tables with hearty portions of family-style pasta, pizza, and calzones. Boston's Hidden Restaurants praised the subs filled with "some of the best homemade meatballs that this writer has had in the Boston area." Other pages of the gargantuan menu hold dishes designed to tantalize steak-lovers, carb-counters, and those who simply like the way spaghetti feels in the palm.:m]]
Although the North End is thought of as the go-to for Italian food in Boston, it certainly doesn’t have a monopoly on authentic pastas, housemade sausages, and imported olive oils. Perched far from clamoring tourists on Main Street in Medford, Bob's Italian Foods—a 2012 Medford Patch Readers' Choice winner—has been dishing up and importing traditional Italian foods for more than 70 years. Under the guidance of the DiGiorgio family, its butchers craft their own italian hot, sweet, and fennel pork sausages each day and slice quality meats, such as Angus sirloin and new york strip steaks. The deli counter wraps up to-go foods ranging from eggplant parmigiano with meatballs to hefty prosciutto-and-provolone subs. Shoppers also wander down aisles filled with imported goods including virgin olive oils, Italian cheeses, and pastas shaped like spirals and lock-picks. In addition to equipping customers for their own lunches or dinners, Bob’s helps them feed guests during parties with catered buffets.