My husband and I were driving through Salem, NH the other day and noticed (hard not to...it's pretty large) both the restaurant Tuscan Kitchen and the nearby Tuscan Market. We stopped into the market and were pretty impressed. I sort of felt like I was at Disneyland.
The first thing we did was to split an Italian panini, which was preassembled but pressed to order. Delicious. They have a nice selection of sandwiches to choose from, as well as pastas, salads and some nice-looking oblong pizzas. There is a small seating area if you want to eat in, and lots of yummy-looking house-made desserts and gelato. Coffee and espresso are available, too.
The market itself offers gorgeous fresh breads and excellent house-made pastas. We bought some short-rib tortelli, capellini, 4-cheese ravioli and a square of foccaccia. They also had hand-made orecchiette, lobster ravioli and mushroom ravioli along with different widths of plain egg pasta. The pasta is silky and delicious. The short-rib filling was a big strong on the sweet spice flavor for our tastes, but still excellent. The marinara was a touch sweet and needed a little salt, but again, still tasty.
They have a small but impressive selection of meats and house-made sausages, with in-house butchering. We got hot Italian sausage and Broccoli Rabe/Fontina, and enjoyed both kinds. They also have a decent selection of Italian wines.
I definitely can see myself heading back up to Salem just to shop here every once in a while. Dinner comes together pretty quickly and deliciously with so much to choose from.
Coincidentally, we heard a promo yesterday for New Hampshire Chronicle featuring the market, so it would be worth checking that out.
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