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GETTING OUT: Best Italian Restaurants in Central MA

Thursday, February 14, 2013

 

Lobster Gnocchi from Via. Courtesy of WorcesterScene.com

We in New England are very lucky to have access to the authentic cuisine of so many different cultures and nationalities. Of them all, Italian food seems to be the most popular, especially in the Boston and Central Mass area. If you're looking to experience the taste of Italy, there is no shortage of restaurants offering a large variety of succulent Italian dishes. Pasta, seafood, steak, veal, pizza—whatever your taste buds desire. Here are just a few options in Worcester County.

Dino's Ristorante
13 Lord Street, Worcester
When looking for the best authentic Italian food in Worcester, one can't help but always come across Dino's. They offer the classiest cuisine from both northern and southern Italy, including all the best seafood, steak, pasta and veal specialties you can think of. If you happen to have a person in your party who is not too fond of Italian food, they have a great selection of American choices as well. And the prices aren't outrageous either. It's been around for over 60 years for a reason.

Gondola Restaurant
428 Lancaster Street, Leominster
Gondola is the premier Italian restaurant in Leominster. This particular weekend the Valentine's Day special (a 3-course meal for 2 for $39.95) is available through Sunday for those who may have to settle for celebrating Valentine's Day a little late. The restaurants boast a wide-selection of pasta dishes made with any number of a wide-range of special ingredients. The prices are incredibly affordable, especially for restaurants specializing in authentic Italian cuisine. Checkout the $6.95 lunch special on weekdays.

Il Forno
27 Airport Road, Fitchburg; 65 West Boylston Street, West Boylston
Il Forno offers its authentic Italian food and scrumptious brick oven pizza in two locations in Worcester County, Fitchburg and West Boylston. At both locations they produce the finest cuisine and delicacies from Northern Italy including a wide assortment of seafood, veal, chicken and pasta dishes, plus the aforementioned brick oven pizzas. There are plenty of homemade desserts available for purchase for after your entre. Check out the special Sunday brunch at the West Boylston location. Take-out packages and catering services are also offered.

Via Italian Table
89 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester
Via brings together a diverse selection of food from throughout Italy. Particular favorite offerings that reflect this geographical diversity are the Tuscan Shrimp Scampi, Split-Roasted Beef Tenderloin Florentine, and the Swordfish Milanese. You will also be hard-pressed to find a restaurant with a better wine listing, a feature that has been repeatedly recognized as one of the best in Worcester.

Viva Bene Italian Ristorante
144 Commercial Street, Worcester
Viva Bene takes a spot on the list especially because of their special Valentine's Day offerings this Saturday. Take advantage of a special $60 4-course dinner for two while listening to the romantic, soulful live jazz music of the Juliette Willoughby Jazz Trio. In fact, Viva Bene commonly offers dinner and show packages. Look out for live Jazz music the last Friday of every month. Take advantage of the great offerings of Italian seafood, especially the heart-shaped lobster ravioli, plus steak, eggplant, and lamb.

Tavolino Italian Gourmet
33 E. Main Street, Westborough
This cozy little neighborhood Italian restaurant is ideal for a night out. They serve your traditional Italian dishes plus a few special items unique to them. The service is attentive and the food is authentic, fresh and delicious. Check out a great selection of Parmesan and pasta dishes, mouth-watering burgers, meat and seafood dishes, plus desserts and a great selection of wines and cocktails to boot.  

 

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