Boston Restaurant Blog -- August, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
I have had a number of good meals at Salvatore's (also known as Sal's Pizza) in Lawrence over the past couple of years, so when I heard that a new Salvatore's was opening up in the Seaport District of Boston, I was pretty excited. And after going there for the first time a few weeks ago, I can say that I was not disappointed, though I was a little surprised about some aspects of the place.
It needs to be said that Salvatore's in the Seaport District is a bit different from the one in Lawrence, and worlds away from most of the Sal's Pizzas scattered about the area. Unlike Salvatore's in Lawrence, which is a pretty laid-back, old-school Italian place, Salvatore's in the Seaport District is almost trendy; in fact, the place feels like it wouldn't be out of place on Newbury Street in Boston. The staff is dressed in black, the music is mostly Euro Techno dance music (which I can't stand, but nobody ever mistook me for being hip), and the place itself feels almost industrial in its layout and decor.
We grabbed a table outside since it was such a nice night, and started with a rice ball appetizer. The dish actually had three different rice balls--one with tomato sauce inside, one with mushrooms, and one with spinach. They were very gooey, but delicious. They also brought over some fresh bread with a nice garlic and olive oil dip, which we ate sparingly, then we dug into our meals. The gnocchi came with Salvatore's creamy mamarosa sauce and was very nice, though the sauce was pretty rich. The chicken marsala was better, with a tasty homemade mafaldine pasta in a rich gorgonzola marscapone sauce. We barely finished our large portions, and politely declined on dessert.
I really liked my first experience at Salvatore's, though not all was perfect. First of all, the woman who worked the front was rather cold not just to her staff, but also to us. Second, the Euro music was just too much after awhile, though that's probably more of a lack of coolness on my part than anything. And third, while the food was very good, you can find better food (and better prices) elsewhere in the Boston area. But none of this will keep me from returning to Salvatore's, especially on a warm summer night when I can sit outside and look around, marveling at the progress being made to the Seaport District of Boston.
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