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Pronti Bistro - Needham: A Lovely lovely new option in the area!


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Pronti Bistro - Needham: A Lovely lovely new option in the area!

Prav | Apr 1, 2011 08:30 AM

I dropped in this morning after I read that it was finally open. It's on 2nd ave in Needham, just by 128/95.

It's in a big space with tables along the walls/windows, and decorated with various Punjabi items, and a tv blaring Bollywood. Loved the techno rendition of 'Dum maro dum'. There's a walk-up counter where you order your food.

I ordered the Punjabi Nashta, which was basically a spicy sausage & egg breakfast roll-up in a paratha. The paratha was oily but not unctuous, and filled with a spicy egg scramble (egg bhurji) with bits of chili, green onion, masala. Delicious - if not a bit greasy, with droplets of yellow spicy oil. You could have a choice of sausage, ham, and something else (forget). I ordered the 'sausage', and found it inside the wrap, serving as a backbone to the roll. It oddly comes with a choice of an apple, banana, or orange. Hey, why not!

Though I've only taken a few bites, the darn thing is delicious. It's obviously cooked fresh and has a very homemade taste - something quick your mom would fix you before school. There was a pretty strong underlying burn of chili, and added a nice dimension of heat. This is like the Indian cousin to the Wake-up Wrap, but much much much better.

In typical Chowhound fashion, I ordered proactively for lunch. I ordered some sort of tikka lamb roll-up, in the same paratha wrap. The woman at the counter warned me that it comes with loads of vegetables, and that they recommend the lettuce, tomato, and cucumber, at the very minimum. I added green and red peppers and onions. And loaded, it was. The roasted lamb was very tender (though I got a couple gristly pieces - no bigs), and was nicely marinated. This wrap wasn't as oily as the breakfast wrap mentioned above. Good level of mouth burn. Overall, pretty darn tasty.

I could totally dig coming here as a regular. Can't wait to check out the other menu items, which included several other wraps, a list of soups, all sorts of chais, as well as much more that I missed. I didn't see a paper menu or else I would have grabbed one.

Total for the two items was twelve bucks. Not bad!

Overall - a great first impression. Planning to come back. Definitely give this place a try and show 'em some love.

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