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Piccolo Nido

EliseM | Jun 22, 2003 10:31 PM

Took a group of out-of-town guests there this weekend, and I have to say I was disappointed(!). I've definitely had better in the North End for less money.

We started out with mushroom crepes, bruschetta, and the antipasto platter for appetizers. The mushroom crepes were great - very flavorful and light with a nice sauce over top. The antipasto platter was fine. It had some pepperoni, provolone, olives and very nice roasted veggies. I just thought there should have been a bit more on the plate for $15. The bruschetta had good tomatoes in it but very little flavor otherwise. The bread was cardboardy, and could have used some olive oil brushed on it.

Entrees were where it really failed to live up to my expectations. I had a risotto with shrimp and asparagus. The shrimp were very tasty, but there weren't many of them. The rest of the dish was just somewhat bland. Gnocchi in tomato sauce was served practically cold. The gnocchi seemed very heavy, and the sauce overcooked. Plus the chunks of mozzarella on top hadn't melted at all, so it emphasized how lukewarm the dish was.

Service was very good. My friend did overhear the owner in the kitchen yelling at the staff for something - probably for being so slow to get our food out the door.

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