When it comes to what to order at Alta Strada, dessert immediately springs to mind. The Wellesley restaurant, headed by Chef Michael Schlow, has a full menu that focuses on the food of northern Italy, but hounds can’t stop thinking about the mascarporeos.

The name mascarporeo is a clever mash-up of words, and sallyt explains that the dessert is a twist on the popular sandwich cookie. “It’s dark chocolate wafer cookies that you dip into a mascarpone concoction. SO good.”

For those who prefer a savory meal before starting in on sweets, jpcat suggests the spaghettini with garlic, oil, and tomato sauce, as well as the fedellini with tiny clams, smashed cherry tomatoes, and parsley. (Like the mascarporeos, both dishes are staples at “big brother” Via Matta.) Another delicious pasta option at Alta Strada is the sacchetti with prosciutto, leeks, and toasted pistachio, and sallyt says that the vegetarian version—made without the dry-cured ham—is great as well.

Alta Strada [MetroWest]
92 Central Street, Wellesley

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