I was surprised to see a full restaurant on a Thursday night, given the rising costs of everything (ie food and gas)...you'd think people would skip luxuries like dining out in expensive restaurants but not the case at Scampo tonight!
First of all, cost of valet parking has gone from $10 for 3 hours, to $15 until 3 AM....but the valets are right on it and very nice...and this is comparable to other restaurant valets in town.
We were seated right away and given homemade breadsticks and a fava bean puree with pine nuts in it as a little starter. There were three of us and we ordered some bread to start, the Elephant Ear and the Ciccio bread. Both yummy. The Elephant Ear is like a large cracker that comes in a very unique "wave" shape with tomato sauce and cheese on it....very good but eat it fast as the longer it sits, the sauce soaks into the cracker and it gets soggy. The Ciccio bread was sort of like a cheese quesadilla with truffle oil in it...very tasty and pillowy and cheesy.
For starters, we had the housemade mozzarella with heirloom tomatoes (clearly not local tomatoes but good none the less) and one of our dinner companions had the arugla salad which looked delicious. All salads were very lightly dressed and fresh.
For our main courses, we all ordered pasta - I had the spaghetti carbonara which was surprisingly not heavy considering carbonara can be..the pasta was homemade and very good. Another in our party had the spahetti and clams (vongole on the menu) and it was made with teensy, tiny clams they are fond of at this restaurant that they refer to on the menu as cockles. The third in our party had the Spaghetti Scampo, which is like shrimp scampi made with rock shrimp, a bit of tomato sauce, etc.
For dessert, we ordered the lemon ice which was really like lemon gelato with a dash of limoncello in it, very yummy...and we had the homemade cookie plate which was the only disappointment of the evening...it consisted of two meringue cookies, and 6 biscotti which were extremely hard and crumbly and not that tasty.
All in all, a nice meal in a great atmosphere and if you order as we did, it really doesn't break the bank...shocking considering this is the restaurant of the moment in Boston right now!