I love finding some little storefront restaurant in the 'burbs quietly turning out fantastic food. Caffe Amore in North Reading is such a place. I've been there twice now and had two delicious meals. I ate every bite of the bread they gave me because it's so wonderful - crusty, yeasty & chewy - served with herb oil. The salad had fresh greens and (where did they get these?) wedges of really good tomato. I didn't much care for the tart vinaigrette they put on it, but vinaigrette lovers will probably like it. Last night I had the Gnocchi Sorrentino, fresh gnocchi baked in a light tomato sauce with sliced mushrooms and some cheese melted on top. On my first visit, I had the fettucine alfredo. I need to get back there and try some of the other entrees, to say nothing of the appetizers (which sound wonderful) and the desserts (which look wonderful in their display case).
Caffe Amore is a tiny li'l place, six or eight tables, in a strip mall on Rte. 28, 90 Main St., phone # 978-664-6260. They're almost right across the street from the much larger, older and more ostentatious Kitty's, where I've had two rather lousy meals. Caffe Amore is open as long as that neon Open sign is lit -- don't be fooled by the dim lighting.