Italian/Italian-American is not my most favorite cuisine, but last night I really had a hankering for breaded veal, and so drove up to Abbondanza in Everett with a friend. I got my breaded veal, he got their tasty beef tripe dish, and we shared an escarole and white bean appetizer from their daily specials that was out-of-this-world.
If I'm being really picky I could ask for better olive oil with the bread; ask for most of the delicious crust and less of the tasteless white-bread interior, and ask that the ziti that comes with the veal be cooked with the sauce for a minute, rather than having that sauce just ladled on top.
But everything is so tasty, from the delicious appetizer, to the rustic, hearty beef tripe to the veal cutlet, and even the pasta sauce, that I'm not really that picky and instead am just happy.
Such a nice local place, I wish that we weren't only one of two tables in there. A wrong turn and a missed rotary led us a little astray last night and we ended up in Winthrop, and so actually tried to stop by Rino's Place first. They were so crowded it would have been hours of waiting. Abbondanza is at least as good; I wish it were at least half as crowded!