Italian cuisine was born when, after building the city of Rome, Romulus and Remus discovered Greece didn't deliver to their new address. Taste the origins of an empire with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Italian cuisine at BonCaldo Restaurant in Norwood.
BonCaldo Restaurant's traditional menu and authentic wood-burning oven set taste buds asail on a culinary voyage to 20 regions of Italy. Wade into Mediterranean waters with the cozze fra diavolo's wild mussels in a spicy San Marzano tomato sauce ($7.95) before reaching the terra firma of the bistecca di manzo, a 12-ounce Black Angus new york sirloin with a portobello mushroom demiglace ($24.95). Pan-seared Taranto Bay shrimp paddle through the gamberi al limoncello ($23.95). Hailing from Piemonte, an Alpine region whose poultry frequently place in the snowboard half-pipe at the Torino games, the pollo mustardo's chicken exterior reveals a core of prosciutto ($17.95). A bright mural of carousers fills one end of BonCaldo's stately dining room, and aromas from brick-oven pizzas ($12.95–$14.95) roam across white table linens and fieldstone walls.
Rather than limit themselves to one particular style, the chefs at BonCaldo Restaurant embrace culinary techniques from all 20 regions of Italy. Braised short ribs with creamy polenta, homemade fettuccine in a beef and veal ragu, and brick-oven-baked pizzas represent traditions that span from the calf to the toe of the boot-like peninsula. Even with all of this variation, certain standards remain sacrosanct. The chefs adhere to Old World traditions by wood-firing their dishes and making everything by hand, from mozzarella to meatballs—earning the approval of Phantom Gourmet. A wine list with more than 250 different bottles accompanies the cuisine, many hailing from Italy's vineyards and natural grape-juice springs.
The grand, mansion-like exterior of BonCaldo Restaurant perfectly complements its elegant ambiance. A distinctly Italian mural adorns one wall, adding a vibrant splash of color to the rustic woodwork and tables draped with crisp white linens. Surrounded by tables on all four sides, an open stone fireplace forms a focal point for the dining area even as it spreads warmth to all corners of the room.
1381 Boston-Providence Trpk.
Norwood, Massachusetts 02062Get Directions