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slides: Where to Dine for Worcester’s Restaurant Week 2014: Winter Edition

Friday, February 28, 2014

 

More than 40 locally-owned restaurants in Central Massachusetts have signed on to be a part of Worcester Restaurant Week, an event that will begin this upcoming Monday February 24th and continuing through Saturday March 8th.

Worcester Restaurant Week offers customers an opportunity to eat a three-course meal at a wide variety of restaurants, all at the low price of $23.14, a price that reflects the current year in its cent value. In addition to these specially designed three-course menus – all of which have multiple options to choose from – some restaurants are also running special lunch menus and wine lists which will also be specially priced for the 13-day event.

Check out the slideshow below for a list of the participating restaurants and their Worcester Restaurant Week menus.

“We started [Worcester Restaurant Week] when the economy was suffering to give a better value to customers. The first year, we ran the event in the summer; it was so well received that restaurants asked if we could hold it twice a year,” said Paul Giorgio, GoLocalWorcester MINDSETTER™ and president of Pagio Inc., who manages the event. “Restaurants are busy around Valentine’s Day and then they hit a slow period until March. We try to give restaurants a boost for that period. It’s also a big value for customers.”

In addition to the specially designed and discounted menus, Worcester Restaurant Week will also be raffling off gift cards from some of the participating restaurants at the end of the week through an email signup on their website.

A Restaurant’s Perspective

Among the ranks of the 42 restaurants participating in this edition of Worcester Restaurant Week there is a mix of experience levels in regards to event participation. While some restaurants have been linked to Worcester Restaurant Week since its inception five years ago, others are participating for the first time this year and are excited about the possibilities that the event can bring to their restaurant.

“We are really excited; I really like the idea,” said Frank Parnarelli, owner of Lakeside Bar and Grille in Shrewsbury. “This is new for us but we think it will be a good opportunity to bring in some new customers as well as offer something new to our faithful customers. We are trying a few new things on our menu; if they work out well, we might add them to our menu permanently.”

Because of the great exposure that Worcester Restaurant Week brings to restaurants every year, many who participate in the week-plus long event continue to stick around after their first year. Mezcal Cantina, Bocado Tapas Bar and The People’s Kitchen, all owned by Niche Hospitality Group, are three restaurants who have continued to partner with the event, sticking with Worcester Restaurant Week since its start five years ago.

“We think this is a great event because it helps to introduce our concept to customers, which is southwestern Mexican using fresh and local ingredients,” said Andrew Puori, the dining room manager of Mezcal Cantina. “We are sticking with a similar menu that we have used the past because it has been very successful. We are also excited to get some exposure because we recently moved from Shrewsbury St. to Major Taylor Blvd. in downtown Worcester.”

With the restaurants covering a wide array of food options there is sure to be a worthy option for all residents of Central Massachusetts.

 

Related Slideshow: Worcester Celebrates Restaurant Week

Enjoy a great meal at some of Worcester's best restaurants for just $23.14...

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111 Chop House

111 Shrewsbury St. – Worcester

http://www.111chophouse.com/

Appetizers:

Tomato Bisque

Bang Bang Shrimp

Ginger Soy Seared Sirloin

 

First Course:

Mixed Greens Salad

Apple + Arugula Salad

 

Entrée:

Surf + Turf Grill

North Atlantic Salmon Fillet

 

$26.14 Option:

12 oz. New York Strip

12 oz. Rib Eye

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A.J.Tomaiolo’s Restaurant

411 West Main St. – Northborough

http://www.ajtomaiolo.com/

Appetizer:

Homemade Soup of the Day

Caesar Salad

Arugula Salad

 

Entree:

Shrimp + Chicken Romano

Grilled Tuna

A.J.’s Combo

 

Dessert:

Spumoni Ice Cream

Apple Bread Pudding

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Amici Trattoria

582 Main St. – Shrewsbury

http://www.amicitrattoria.com/

Primo:

Pasta Fagioli

Zuppa del Giorno

Insalate di Casa

Caesar Salad

Amici’s Wild Arugula Salad

Arancini

 

Secondo:

Melanzane Ripiene

Tortellini Quattro Formaggi al Forno

Mollusco Provencale

Pollo alla Parmigiano

Due Salsicce alla Cacciatora

 

Dolce:

Cannoli con Ricotta Dolce

 

Affirnare Mela Croccante e Pomemgranite Budino di Pane

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Armsby Abbey

144 North Main St. – Worcester

http://armsbyabbey.com/

Course One:

Confit Fennel, Roasted Beet Puree, Pistachio, Yogurt Espuma, Honey, Orange Zest

OR

Crispy Pigs Foot Croqueta, Sweet Onion Soubise, Pickled Vegetables + Salsa Verde

 

Course Two:

Roasted Winter Roots, Harrissa, Buttermilk, Potato Pulp, Soft Poached Egg

OR

Handmade Papardelle Pasta, Beef Heart + Pork Jowl Ragu, Parmesan + Olive Oil Breadcrumbs

 

Course Three:

 

Torrija made with Honey Oat Bread Soaked in Spiced Cream then fried, served with Brown Butter Ice Cream and Caramelized Honey

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Bocado Tapas Wine Bar

82 Winter St. – Worcester

http://www.bocadotapasbar.com/

Experience for One:

Choice of Cheese or Charcuterie Meats

Choice of Small Paella (Classic, Meat, Seafood, Vegetable)

 

Experience for Two:

Choice of One Cheese + One Charcuterie Meat

Choice of Three Tapas from a Select List

 Paella for Two (Classic, Meat, Seafood, Vegetable)

Churros

 

Experience for Four:

Choice of Two Cheeses + Two Charcuterie Meats

Choice of Six Tapas from Select List

Paella for Two (Classic, Meat, Seafood, Vegetable)

Churros + White Chocolate-Raspberry Bread Pudding

 

Experience for Parties of Six or More:

Choose Two Cheeses + Two Charcuterie Meats

Choice of Six Tapas from a Select List (Served Grande Style)

Bocado Signature Paella (Classic, Meat, Seafood, Vegetable)

Churros + White Chocolate-Raspberry Bread Pudding

 

Wine Specials - $23.14 per bottle

White – Izadi Blanco (Viura), 2007 Rioja

Red – Cruz de Alba Crianza (Tempranillo), 2007 Ribera del Duero

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Brew City

104 Shrewsbury St. – Worcester

http://www.brew-city.com/

Appetizer:

Pesto Cream Mussels

Spicy West African Peanut Soup

Cranberry Goat Cheese Salad

 

Entrée:

Osso Buco

Chimichurri Steak Fries

Blackened Chicken Mac n’ Cheese

Teriaki Salmon Burger with Asian Slaw

Valencia Blue Moon Roasted Half Chicken with Spinach + Roasted Red Bliss

 

Dessert:

“Beeramisu”

 

Banana Fosters Fried Cheesecake

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Caffe Espresso Trattoria

395 Chandler St. – Worcester

http://www.ctrattoria.com/

 

Appetizer, Soup, or Salad:

Lobster Arancini

Winter Salad

Inziminio di Calamari

 

Entrees:

Haddock Alforno

Veal de Nord

Tortellini Bolognese

Chicken + Eggplant Parmigiana

Vegetarian Pasta Regina

 

Dessert:

Zuppa Inglesia

Cannoli

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Canal Restaurant + Bar

65 Water St. – Worcester

http://thecanalrestaurant.com/

Official restaurant week menu has not yet been released.

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Castle Restaurant

1230 Main St. -- Leicester

http://www.castlerestaurant.com/

Appetizer:

New England Clam Chowder

Seasonal Coup

Seasonal Salad of Field Greens, Diced Macintosh Apples, Housemade Raisins and a Balsamic Syrup

 

Entrée:

A Long Lined Haddock Fillet

Potato Gnocchi

Pork Medallions

Breast of Chicken

 

Dessert:

Fresh Strawberry Shortcake

Fresh White Peach and Scotch Sautee

 

Belgium Milk Chocolate Mousse

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Ceres Bistro

363 Plantation St. – Worcester

https://www.ceresbistro.com/

LUNCH MENU:

 

Appetizers:

Native Lettuce + Farmstand Salad

Beef + Barley Stew

 

Entrée:

Grilled Chicken Breast

Pan Seared Tilapia Picatta

Turkey Bacon Sandwich

 

Dessert:

New York Style Cheesecake

Amaretto Strip Cake

 

DINNER MENU:

 

Appetizers:

Native Lettuce + Farmstand Salad

Beef + Barley Stew

 

Entrees:

Soy Ginger Marinated Flank Steak

Pan Seared Tilapia Picatta

Mushroom + Fettuccini

 

Dessert:

New York Style Cheesecake

Amaretto Strip Cake

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Coral Seafood

225 Shrewsbury St. Suite A – Worcester

http://coralseafood.com/

Appetizers:

Shrimp Cocktail

Ahi Tuna Tartar

Duo Fresh Oysters on the Half Shell

Steamed Mussels in a Wine Garlic Sauce

Cup of Soup

 

Entrée:

Salmon in a Bag

Stuffed Sole

Grilled Trio

Chicken or Shrimp Pesto

Grilled Fillet Mignon

Asian Tuna

 

Dessert:

Seasonal Fresh Fruits

Grapenut Custard

Chocolate Mousse Cake

Warm Apple Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream

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Draught House Bar + Grill

42 West Boylston St. - West Boylston

http://www.thedraughthouse.com/

Appetizer:

Deep Fried Crab Rangoons

Thai Chicken Spring Rolls

Spinach Salad

 

Entrée:

Mediterranean Chicken

Cajun Delmonico Steak

Swordfish Scampi

 

Dessert:

Tiramisu

Strawberry Cheesecake

 

Carrot Cake

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El Basha

256 Park Ave. + 424 Belmont St. – Worcester

http://www.elbasharestaurant.com/

Official restaurant week menu has not yet been released.

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EVO Dining

234 Chandler St. – Worcester

http://www.evodining.com/

Appetizers:

Whole Roasted Garlic Bulb

Mexican Crab Salad

Black and Tan Onion Rings

 

Entrée:

Parmigiano

Grilled Pork Chop

Surf n Turf

Vegan Alfredo Mac n Cheese

 

Dessert:

Scoop of Ice Cream

Flourless Chocolate Torte

Spanish Coffee

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Flying Rhino

278 Shrewsbury St. – Worcester

http://www.flyingrhinocafe.com/

Appetizer:

Petite House or Caesar Salad

Arancini (Cheese Rice Balls) with Marinara

Crab Rangoons with Sweet Chili Sauce

Buffalo Chicken Wontons with Buttermilk Dip

 

Entrée:

Steak Tips Au Poivre

Grilled Pork Kebabs

Rigatone Rose

Almond Crusted Basa

Rhino Chicken Scampi

 

Dessert:

Creamy Coconut Rice Pudding

White Chocolate Croissant a la Mode

 

Fresh Apple Slices with a Caramel Dip

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Funky Murphy’s

305 Shrewsbury St. – Worcester

(Photo courtesy of Yelp user David G.)

Official restaurant week menu has not yet been released.

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Il Forno

65 West Boylston St. – West Boylston

http://www.il-forno.com/indexs.php

First Course:

Caesar Salad

Strawberry Salad

House Tossed Salad

Cup of Homemade Soup

 

Second Course:

Seafood Melody

Grilled 8oz. Filet Mignon

Beef Burgandy

Salmon Almondine

Little Taste of Il Forno

Parmesan Encrusted Swordfish

Chicken Cordon Bleu Francese Style

Lobster Macaroni + Cheese

Fisherman’s Platter

 

Third Course:

New York Cheesecake with Strawberries

Two Mini Cannolis

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Joey’s Bar + Grill

344 Chandler St. – Worcester

http://www.joeysbarandgrill.com/

Official restaurant week menu has not yet been released.

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La Scala

183 Shrewsbury St. – Worcester

http://lascalashrewsburystreet.com/

Appetizer:

Soup of the Day

Arancini Balls of the Day

Romaine Salad

Parmesan and Cranberry Salad

 

Dinner:

Chicken Gorgonzola

Haddock Bruschetta

Spicy Sausage Alfredo

Cheese Ravioli over a Pomodoro Sauce

 

Dessert:

Dessert of the Day

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Lakeside Bar + Grille

97 Boston Turnpike – Shrewsbury

http://www.lakesidebar-grille.com/

Official restaurant week menu has not yet been released.

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Leo’s Ristorante

11 Leo Turo Way – Worcester

http://www.leosristorante.net/

Appetizers:

Italian Rangoons

Stuffed Cherry Peppers

Stuffed Mushrooms

Spinach Salad

Grilled Romaine with Gorgonzola Cheese Chopped Tomatos drizzled with Balsamic Glaze

 

Entrée:

Chicken or Veal Saltimbocca

Chicken Spinazola

Steak al la Pizzaiola

Seafood Monte Carlo

Eggplant Rollatini

 

Dessert:

Cannoli

Spumoni

Brownie or Chocolate Chip Sundae

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Mare e Monti Trattoria

19 Wall St. – Worcester

Official restaurant week menu has not yet been released.

Appetizers:

Eggplant Rollatini

Zuppa Mussels

Pomodoro Gorgonzola

 

Entrees:

Shrimp Risotto

Pollo Maurizio

Lasagna

 

Desserts:

Cannoli

Tira Misu

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Mexicali Fresh Mex Grill

700 Main St. – Holden

http://mexicalisfreshmex.com/

Appetizers:

Mexicali Cheese Dip

Taquito Bites

Nachos Supreme

 

Entrees:

Burrito Verde

Tacos al Pastor

Pollo Parilla

Mexicali Chimichanga

Southwest Quesedillas

 

Dessert:

Dessert Burrito

Deep Fried Ice Cream

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Mezcal Cantina

30 Major Taylor Blvd. – Worcester

http://www.mezcalcantina.com/

Bocadito:

Mexican Caesar

Golden Fried Jalepeno Rice Balls

Southwestern Kobe Meatballs

Entrees:

Beef, Chicken, or Vegetable Burrito

Grilled Mahi Mahi

Mexican Shrimp + Broccoli Saute

 

Dessert:

Cheesecake

Fried Ice Cream

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The Mill at 185

185 West Boylston St – West Boylston

http://themill185.com/

First Course:

Choice of Homemade Soup

House Salad

Second Course:

Stuffed Baseball Sirloin

Seafood Risotto

Third Course:

Homemade Cannoli

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Northworks Bar + Grille

106 Grove St. – Worcester

http://northworks.com/

Appetizers:

Cup of Soup

Seafood Chowder

Dinner Salad

 

Entrees:

Chicken Marsala

Baked Stuffed Salmon

New York Sirlion

 

Dessert:

Homemade Apple Crisp

Chocolate Cake

 

Includes two dinners.

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Nuovo

92 Shrewsbury St. – Worcester

http://www.nuovoworcester.com/ordereze/1000/Page.aspx

First Course:

Caesar Salad

Bruschetta

Nuovo Appetizer

 

Second Course:

Chicken Marsala

Eggplant Parmesan

Pan Seared Cajun Tuna

Beef Pot Roast

 

Third Course:

Flowerless Chocolate Cake

Tiramisu

New York Cheesecake

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O’Connor’s Restaurant+Bar

1160 West Boylston St. – Worcester

http://www.oconnorsrestaurant.com/ 

Appetizers:

Winter Mesculin Salad

Cup of Butternut Bisque or Soup of the Day

Claire’s Caesar Salad

Cup of New England Clam Chowder

Trio of Shrimp Cocktail

Fresh Garden Salad

Poached Salmon Martini

 

Entrees:

¾-lb. Grilled Bone-In Pork Chop with Savory Stuffing

Roasted Cedar Plank Salmon

Braised Limerick Lamb Shank ‘n Mash

Grilled Swordfish – Romesco Sauce

Chicken Soprano

Broiled Sirloin Steak

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Asparagus + Crimini Mushrooms

 

Desserts:

Red Velvet Truffle filled Iced Cupcake

Amarena Cheery Gelato Sundae – Hot Fudge Sauce

Our Famous Irish Bread + Raisin Pudding – Butterscotch Sauce

Chocolate Cream Puff

Lemon Sorbert

Frozen Baliey’s Irish Crème Pie

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Park Grill

257 Park Ave. – Worcester

http://www.parkgrillworc.com/

First Course
 
Caesar Salad
Tomato Bruschetta
 
Second Course
 
Pollo Inverno
Spaghetti with Angry Shrimp and Broccoli
Melanzane Miracoloso
 
 
Third Course
 
Salted Caramel Creme Brulee Parfait
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People’s Kitchen

120 Commercial St. – Worcester

http://www.1nichexchange.com/the-peoples-kitchen.php

 

Appetizers:

Crispy Duck Wontons

3 Bean Clementine Salad

Creamy Mushroom + Leek Soup

 

Entrée:

Grilled Flat Iron Steak

Fennel Crusted Atlantic Salmon

Locally-Made Sweet Potato Gnocchi

 

Dessert:

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bread Pudding

Lemon Sorbet

 

Wine List:

 

30 different selection: $23.14 (While Available)

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Peppercorn’s Grille

455 Park Ave. – Worcester

http://epeppercorns.com/

1st Course:

Lobster Corn Chowder

French Onion Soup

All ½ Salads available for extra $2

 

Entrée:

Veal Parmesan

Seafood Lasagna

Short Ribs

Roadhouse Mac n’ Cheese

Sicilian Stuffed Haddock

 

Dessert:

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

 

NY Cheesecake with Strawberry Glaze

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Piccolo’s

157 Shrewsbury St. – Worcester

http://www.piccolos157.com/

Official restaurant week menu has not yet been released.

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Ritual

281 Main St. – Worcester

http://www.ritualworcester.com/

Appetizers:

The Best Onion Soup

Organic Baby Mixed Green Salad

 

Entrée:

Sirloin Steak with Mash Potato and Vegetable Orgy

Beer Battered Fish and Chips with Broccoli and Slaw

Chicken Broccoli Dinner

 

Dessert:

 

Lava Cake

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Rosalina’s Kitchen

83 Hamilton St. – Worcester

http://www.rosalinaskitchen.com/

Appetizers:

Ricotta Sformato

New England Stuffed Clam

Baked Caprese Ravioli

Marinated Veggie Salad

 

Entrée:

Rosalina’s Handmade 3-Cheese Ravioli

Signature 4-Parm Avalanche

Pan Seared Haddock

Frutti Di Mare

 

Dessert:

Peanut Butter + Nutella Filled Fried Toasted Ravioli

 

Ricotta Cannoli

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The Sole Proprietor

118 Highland St. – Worcester

http://www.thesole.com/

DINNER COURSE

 

Appetizer:

Duxelle Cake

Fried Clam Strip Boat

Shrimp Maki

 

First Course:

House Salad

Cup of Clam Chowder

Soup du Jour

 

Entrée Course:

Oven Roasted Salmon Fillet

Grilled Mahi Mahi

 

$26.14 Option:

Steamed One Pound Lobster

Haddock with Lobster Newburg

 

LUNCH MENU - $14.14 (Mon – Fri 11:30am-4:00pm: Entrée and either an appetizer or a dessert)

 

First Course:

House Salad

Cup of Clam Chowder or Soup de Jour

Fried Clam Strips

 

Entrée:

Caesar Salad

Salmon Marsala

North Atlantic Haddock

 

Dessert:

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Apple Brown Betty

 

Hot Fudge or Strawberry Sundae

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Tatnuck Grille

638 Chandler St. – Worcester

http://tatnuckgrille.com/home.aspx

Appetizers:

Shrimp Coctail

Caesar Salad

House Salad

 

Entrees:

Herb Roasted Cornish Game Hen with Baked Scallops

Honey BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Surf & Turf

Pan Seared Herb Marinated Rack of Lamb

Baked Stuffed Haddock

 

Desserts:

Chocolate Volcano Cake

Cheese Cake with Stawberries

Lemon Cello Cake

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Thai Time

107 Highland St. – Worcester

http://www.thaitimeworcester.com/

Appetizers:

Stuffed Angel Wings

Vegetarian Sampler

Steamed Mussels

Spicy Shrimp Salad

 

Main Course:

Lobster Padthai

Bangkok Duck

Seafood Curry

Khao Soi

 

Dessert:

Ice Cream (Ginger, Coconut)

 

Mochi Ice Cream (Green Team Mango, Sesame)

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Tweeds Pub Restaurant

229 Grove St. – Worcester

http://www.tweedspub.com/

Option #1:

Crock of French Onion Soup

14 oz. New York Sirloin Steak

Homemade Grapenut Pudding

 

Option #2:

Cup of New England Clam Chowder

Lazy Lobster Pie

Cheesecake with Strawberries

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Ristorante Via Alto 27

27 High St. – Clinton

http://www.ristoranteviaalto27.com/

Official restaurant week menu has not yet been released.

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VIA Italian Table

89 Shrewsbury St. – Worcester

http://www.viaitaliantable.com

Appetizer:

Tomato + Mozzarella Sticks

Chicken + Sopressata Skewers

Saffron Arancini with Honey Aioli

 

First Course:

Insalata Mista

Chicken Orzo Soup

 

Entrée:

Grilled North Atlantic Salmon

Chicken Piccata

Pappardelle Bolognese

Braised Pork Shank with Parmesan Polenta

 

$26.14 Option:

Sliced Porchetta

 

THREE COURSE LUNCH - $14.14 a person (Mon-Fri 11:30am-4:00pm: choose one app or dessert with entrée)

 

Appetizers:

Saffron Arancini with Honey Aioli

Truffle Fries with Parmigiano

Chicken Orzo Soup

 

Entrée:

Chicken Caesar Salad, Mozzarella, Provolone, and Tomato Pizza

Grilled Salmon + Spinach Salad

Pappardelle Bolognese

 

Dessert:

Two Scoops of Homemade Gelato

Chocolate Torta

 

Mini Spumoni Canoli

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Volturno

72 Shrewsbury St. -- Worcester

http://www.volturnopizza.com/

First Course:

Little Gem Salad

Pancetta Zeppole

Mushroom Bruschetta

 

Second Course:

Linguini Carbonara

Spaghetti

Ziti

 

Third Course:

Polenta Lasagna

Eggs in Purgatory

 

Marinara Pizza

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Willy’s Steakhouse+Sushi

2 Grafton St. – Shrewsbury

http://www.willyssteakhouse.com/

Appetizers:

Soup of the Day

Miso Soup

Edamame

Mixed Field Greens Salad

Steakhouse Salad

Caesar Salad

 

Entrees:

Sushi Combo I – “Crunchy Ko” Special

Sushi Combo II – Tempura Roll + Nigiri Sushi

Vegetarian Conchigle Antipasto

White Truffle Hollandaise Fillet of Salmon

Szechwan Breast of Chicken

Willy’s Pan Seared Sirloin Steak

 

Dessert:

Death By Chocolate Mousse

Espresso Tartuffo

 
 

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Mezcal. Not Mexcal.




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