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Cafe Assisi Brings a Taste of Authentic Italian Cuisine to Wrentham, Massachusetts

Chicken parm from Cafe Assisi, Wrentham, Massachusetts
Chicken parmesan from Cafe Assisi in Wrentham.

Article and photos by 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 reports where 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 in Wrentham, Massachusetts

Cafe Assisi is located at 667 South St. #5 in Wrentham MA. Tel. 508-384-9400. Web site: Facebook fan page:

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