Last night fifteen friends and I had dinner at Rovezzi's, a restaurant I had never been to. Set in a loft on the third floor (there's an elevator) in the renovated Northworks building on Grove St. it's a space at once welcoming and exciting. Exposed beams, brick walls, candlelight all contributed to the ambiance. We were seated in a private room with murals and huge floor to ceiling windows, although the view wasn't much the space was comfortable. The restaurant is owned by Chef Christopher Rovezzi who was in the house.
The food was outstanding and the service gracious, efficient and non intrusive. We had three servers and a bus boy whose genial demeanor helped to make the evening enjoyable.
For Antipasto I had Rollatini, crispy fried eggplant rolled and stuffed with fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers and garlic spinach. A bit of tomato sauce rounded out the dish perfectly. I tasted a bit of a friend's calamari and it was delicious. Fried just right it practically melted in my mouth. My main dish was Risotto con Zucca e Gamberi, pan roasted shrimp over creamy arborio rice simmered with roasted butternut squash, dried cranberries and lump crab meat. This was the best risotto I have ever had. Creamy, buttery, savory....absolutely fabulous! I was anxious to taste the combination of squash and dried cranberries thinking it may be too sweet, but not so. With the hint of garlic the all the flavors melded beautifully and the dish was perfection. The salad I had is called "In the Hands of the Chef." To quote from the menu, "For adventurous "foodies" no limitations, no substitutions, No complaining!" It was a delightful mix of spring greens, grape tomatoes, beans, and a few other things with a subtle but pungent vinaigrette dressing. No dessert for me, but others had strawberry shortcake and chocolate cake which they said was superb.
I recommend this restaurant to any one wanting some delicious Italian food, beautifully prepared and charmingly served in an urbane space to rival any restaurant in Boston proper.
108 Grove Street, 3rd floor of the Northworks Building
Worcester, MA 01605
Phone: (508) 753.4511
Fax: (508) 753.9995
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday, 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday, 5pm - close