Cafe Assisi Brings a Taste of Authentic Italian Cuisine to
Chicken parmesan from Cafe Assisi in Wrentham.
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Eric Hurwitz. Page created on 9/7/17.
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We would all like to think that there are Italian restaurants
in our suburban neighborhoods that rival the best of the North End of
Boston and Federal Hill in Providence. How many of us, though, have
been the victim of overenthusiastic, inaccurate but well meaning
someone tells you about a local Italian restaurant every bit as good as
what you'd experience in the city, only to find out that person must
have somehow got Massimo Bottura confused with Chef Boyardee?
In reality, is it possible to find in the suburbs a family-owned
Italian restaurant with authentic cooking, a bistro atmosphere, Sinatra
playing in the background, fire artfully rising from the chef's pan in
the open kitchen, murals of Italy, and photos on the wall of the
owner's family and
friends? You know what I'm talking about: a real Italian restaurant.
You bet there is, and in the southwest Boston suburb of Wrentham, Cafe
Assisi -- a small, unassuming restaurant -- comes through big-time with
wonderful aromas leading to amazing Italian meals. I would venture to
say that the proverbial Italian grandmother cooking the best homemade
meals would be proud of this place. It's also nice to walk into a
restaurant with clear pride of ownership and a quaint, relaxing setting
that allows the customer to take a break from the stresses of the
world. It is almost like going back in time to a more peaceful place,
and that is such a wonderful feeling.
Very rare is it that a suburban restaurant can come up with a
true-to-Italian-form antipasto, addictive homemade bread with a garlic
and olive oil combo for dipping, masterfully-created chicken eggplant
and veal parms that have no hint of "store bought," gourmet pizza and
calzones that actually deliver on its words, and tira misu and cannolis
that stick to the best traditional kinds you'd find in a North End
bakery. A sight to behold and a taste to embrace: the Pappardelle
Bolognese- a mouthwatering dish of homemade ribbon pasta tossed in a
meat sauce with a blend of three cheeses and a dash of cream. For
seafood lovers, the Lobster Agnolotti is a favorite with an impressive
portion of stuffed lobster ravioli with a choice of a creamy alfredo or
pink vodka sauce.
All the aforementioned is a fraction of what is offered for lunch and
dinner. Speaking of lunch, the "smaller versions" of pasta are huge
with the potential to take some of the leftovers home.
Here are the lunch, dinner
and impressive wine menus to give you an indication of the great
choices at this fabulous restaurant..
With a limited number of booths and tables in the cozy dining areas
to go along with a pleasing seasonal outdoor patio, there's not much
room in Cafe Assisi even with recent expansion, but any wait is well
worth the chance to feast on this incredible Italian food. And,
also, for you to quickly become an accurate authority on amazing
suburban Italian restaurants when that conversation comes up with
friends and family!
Cafe Assisi is located at 667 South
St. #5 in Wrentham MA. Tel. 508-384-9400. Web site: http://www.cafeassisiwrentham.com/. Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/CafeAssisi/
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