Simple laziness has spurred many culinary inventions, including the sandwich, the blender, and the pizza, which was invented as a way to wheel heavy ingredients from place to place. Transport your palate with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Italian cuisine at Al Dente in Leominster.
Serving traditional Italian meals alongside signature items, Al Dente's chefs prepare a robust menu of family-style eats. Salad plates chaperone a caprese party of ripe tomatoes, mozzarella hunks, and basil as they pillow-fight on a romaine-lettuce bed ($8.99). For Al Dente's ravioli di zucca, butternut squash squashes itself into raviolis, mingles with diced tomatoes and walnuts, and frolics in a four-cheese cream sauce ($17.75). Daily made sausage and meatballs accompany bacon and hamburger on the meat lovers' pie ($11.75+), and a ragtag ensemble of spinach, garlic, tomatoes, feta, and mozzarella cheese colonizes the sauce-less terrain of the Al Dente pizza ($11.75+). Chocolate-fudge cake goes mano a mano with Fudge Fantasy to charm over dessert-desperate taste buds, and carrot cake and key lime pie indulge tongues seeking fruitier fare ($5.95).
Al Dente's cooks pay homage to both Italy's Old-World dinner traditions and America's love of quick afternoon lunches. They make their own sausage, meatballs, and pizza dough in house, injecting authenticity into daily lunch specials that pair pizza slices and sandwiches with chips and soda. They prepare more robust entrees for dinner, including pastas and dishes featuring veal and chicken. For seafood, they embrace a variety of preparation methods, crisping up ocean-born delicacies in the fryer, sautéing them over noodles, or stirring them into bowls of stew. With the free WiFi, diners can stay up-to-date on the news and the latest styles in marinara stains.
23 Sack Blvd.
Leominster, Massachusetts 01453