Pasta became a staple of Italian fare after Emperor Caligula famously elevated a plate of lasagna to the Roman Senate. Feast on political recipes with today’s Groupon for casual Italian fare at Elsa’s Eatery in Shrewsbury.
- For $15, you get $30 worth of casual Italian fare.
- For $25, you get $60 worth of casual Italian fare, valid only for a party of four or more.<p>
The kitchen magicians at Elsa’s Eatery, which Worcester Mag calls “a Route 9 gem”, blend a menu of casual American fare with Italian pastas, pizzas, and calzones. Unlike the austere pies baked by druids on Stonehenge’s slabs, Elsa’s homemade neapolitan thin crusts come laden with savory toppings. According to Worcester Mag, The Magic Mushroom’s thick mingling of portabella, shiitake, and button mushrooms ($9.99 for an individual size; $14.99 for a large) give a “great meaty, rich flavor to the mozzarella,” and the meatballs on the Route 9 Pie ($9.99 for an individual; $16.99 for a large) are “almost silky in texture and melted in your mouth.” Paintings in thick gold frames watch over the calzones bursting with buffalo chicken ($7.99) and the tenderloin beef tips and mushrooms drizzled in marsala-wine butter sauce ($8.99 at lunch; $15.99 at dinner). Elsewhere, a forest of mesclun greens ($8.99 at lunch; $16.99 at dinner) conceals salmon, goat cheese, and gingerbread cottages haunted by ghostly croutons, and the spinach pillows of Fire and Ice ravioli cushion sautéed chicken filets ($8.99 at lunch; $15.99 at dinner).
Determined to make the best pizza possible, the chefs of Elsa's Eatery traveled to Italy, New York, and Boston's culture-rich North End in the name of research. Upon returning to Shrewsbury, they went to work crafting the best Neapolitan-style pizza possible, hand-made each day. They top it with ingredients such as pesto-infused mozzarella, sliced meatballs, and grilled chicken, before sliding the pie onto an imported pizza stone and baking it to a perfect crisp. But Elsa's isn't just about pies—they also have an extensive menu with other gourmet Italian specials and steak and seafood entrees. Most recently, they have started to present brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, boldly defying the international ban non-Sunday brunches.
33 Boston Turnpike Rte. 9 W
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts 01545