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Antico Forno - bad food, great pizza


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Antico Forno - bad food, great pizza

wax311 | Dec 22, 2006 04:10 PM

Went to Antico Forno for the first time last night. We had an excellent pizza with sausage, broccoli rabe, cherry tomatoes, and mozz di bufala. Perfect crust, nicely salty, crumbly sausage perfectly cooked, not oily at all.

However, the rest of the food was pretty bad.

We started with bowls of ribollita - terrible. Very bland, underseasoned, only a couple little cubes of bread - it tasted like they used canned soup and chucked some croutons in it. After the pizza, my girlfriend had baked rigatoni with sausage and ricotta, and I had veal scalopini with artichoke hearts, mushrooms, roasted potatos, and green beans. The rigatoni was overcooked and the sauce tasted like spaghettios sauce. The veal underwhelming - bland, underseasoned sauce, underseasoned boring potatos and green beans, canned artichoke hearts, and shiitakes that were clearly just chopped thin and thrown into the sauce and not sauteed first.

I might be back for pizza at Antico Forno (some of the best pizza I've had in Boston), but I have the feeling that is the only item they have on the menu that is any good.

We did go to Finale for dessert. I haven't been for a while, but I was pleasantly surprised. I had the seasonal sampler - bundt cake with creme anglaise and cranberry sorbet, a chocolate mousse tower with whole almonds and chocolate rice krispy thingys, and half a roasted pear with peach sauce. Excellent - bundt cake was moist, mousse very rich, and pear very refreshing. Girlfriend had their chocolate souffle - good, but not amazing. Finale can be a bit overpriced, but I feel my sampler was worth 12 bux.

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