Like macaroni artists with degrees from RISD, Italian chefs become dismayed when critics dismiss their work as a mere mix of noodles. View all the dimensions of noodle crafts with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of upscale Italian fare at Caffe Tosca in Hingham.
The cooks at Caffe Tosca fashion rustic recipes that recall Tuscany and Sicily, melding traditional Italian styles with American influence. Whet appetites better than scrolling through online image galleries of breadsticks with a quartet of traditional meatballs adorned with toasted brioche breadcrumbs ($8) or a beet salad crowned with crumbled goat cheese ($11). Caffe Tosca’s chicken saltimbocca brandishes prosciutto and sage between sides of rustic potatoes and asparagus ($19), and beef dishes such as veal chops, skirt steaks, or filet mignon ($23+) come with a choice of butter and two sides. The mezzi rigatoni bolognese intermixes cinnamon and parmigiano reggiano ($11) in a marriage of sweet and savory flavors more harmonious than a boy band dancing on a teenaged piano.
Though Caffe Tosca doesn't take reservations, it's recommended to call ahead on the evening of your visit so the staff can be prepared.
15 North St.
Hingham, Massachusetts 02043-2234