Went to Abbondanza in Everett last night. Had a great meal. Thanks to all the hounds who recommended it (I think it was emb). Small place- probably seats less than 50. Got there about 7 pm, and had our pick of tables- the place was probably half full. After we were seated, the waitress brought over water, oil, vinegar, and a plate of fresh from the oven rustic style bread. The bread was fabulous. Lots of menu choices- the usual chicken parm, eggplant, veal dishes. They also offer half orders of pasta, which is nice.
We decided to order two appetizers and one entrée to split, after seeing the entrée sizes at other tables. We were leaning toward the seafood scampi- but when the waitress recited the nightly specials, we were torn. We asked the waitress what was good that night, and she suggested the Seafood Fra Diavlo. Lobster tails, clams and mussels. I mentioned that my DC did not care for clams ( thought I LOVE them), and she said it was no problem to substitute shrimp. We were sold! For starters, we ordered the portabello mushroom appetizer ( another special) and the Caprese salad.
The Caprese salad was good- the cheese and olive oil was great, and the tomatoes were just ok. The Portabello mushrooms were outstanding- could be a small meal when paired with the bread. Simply prepared- oil, lemon and a bit of S/P. Meaty and filling.
Next came the Fra Diavlo. Outstanding!!! A split lobster tail, shrimp and more than a dozen mussels. Homemade pasta (a nice surprise) served with a spicy sauce. Of course, we needed more bread to sop up all of the tasty sauce. The mussels were plump, juicy and perfectly cooked. Served with a salad, which I did not try.
Service was slow- only one waitress and a young girl who seemed to be in training mode. But the staff was helpful, friendly and we wanted to enjoy a leisurely paced dinner. Two apps, one entrée, glass of wine, bottle of wine and one espresso came to $82.00 before tip. Highly recommend this spot- I will surely be back. I would suggest dining during the week, as I can imagine the place is packed on weekends.