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Cafe Tosca

foodiex2 | Jun 8, 2004 04:50 PM

Yet another EatWell Inc restaurant in Hingham. They own Stars (also in Boston but I heard it closed?), Tosca, Waterworks (Quincy) and Fire King bakery. Cafe Tosca took the place of Casa del Ray, which was horrible.

Have to say that I really like this new place. Ate lunch with friend last week and was able to sit outside- a plus. We shared 3 apps and a Panini. Apps were carciofi fritte (fried artichokes). These were wonderful. Very light batter and just the right amount of crunch. They were served on a red sauce. Only complaint-the sauce made them soggy if you don't eat them right away. I think the sauce should be on the side for dipping. Next was Insalata Caprese. Instead of fresh tomatoes the mozzarella was served over a chunky tomato sauce, almost like an Italian salsa. Not traditional but the flavors were great, big leaves of basil, very fresh and it was true bufala mozz. Next were the Tuscan fries. To die for! The must use a rosemary infused oil. Light, crispy and so flavorful. The Panini was an Italian version of ham and cheese with wild mushrooms. The name of the cheese escapes me (began with an f??). It was delish but a little greasy between the mushrooms and the cheese. 1 large bottle pellagino and iced tea. Total was $35 with tax and tip.

Had dinner there last Saturday night with a crowd. All the food was wonderful. A few standouts: I had the beet and Gorgonzola salad. Lots of chunky beets they way I like them, not slices circles, hunks of Gorgonzola. Served on a light Gorgonzola cream sauce. Hubby had the Zuppa Caprese. A fresh tomato soup with a float of basil oil and pieces of fresh mozzarella. He said it one of the best soups he has ever had. My dinner was braised short ribs over polenta. Meet was fork tender and the polenta beyond creamy. I could not tell the marinade but I think I tasted cumin and/or cardomen. Only issue- it needed something green. They offer a number of contorni- broccoli rabe, etc. Thought the meal should have had something to balance the richness. However, I was so in love with my meal I honestly forget what others had other than “really good” Bolognese and a perfectly crisp thin crust pizza with proscuitto. The table shared 5 or 6 apps, we had 4 bottles of wine averaging from $40 to $50, 5 entrees, 3 desserts (one was a nuttela “sandwich”- I didn’t try it but the table RAVED), 5 coffee/teas, 4 large pelligrinos and 2 grappas. Dinner was somewhere around $310 with wine and tax no tip. So around $370 with tip. Not cheap but a lot cheaper than its sister Tosca and we had a lot of food.

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