Five of us tried Scampo this past Sunday evening. Overall we were very happy with our meals and would definitely go back another time. The restaurant was about 2/3 full and we liked the fact that the tables are well spaced so noise isn't much of a problem. We found the service to be good but it seemed as if the wait staff is still on the learning curve a bit.
For appetizers we ordered one of Lydia's signature lobster pizzas which we all shared. It was as good as I remember it being from Biba days. Very nice thin crust and lots of fresh lobster meat along with Parmesan cheese and caramelized onions. Very rich but very yummy. I had a half order of the spaghetti ala vongole which was a very nice portion of perfectly cooked spaghetti showered with very small fresh clams in their shells. It was a great tasting version of this classic dish. The others in our group each had the Arugela Salad which they all said was very good.
For mains two of us tried the Kurubuta Pork Chop. This was a massive serving of pork perfectly cooked with a wonderful onion glaze on it. It was moist, tender and unbelievably delicious. Two other others split the Dover Sole For Two which they both said was very good. They had de-boned the fish prior to bringing it to the table but the plate was decorated with a piece of the main bone in the fish which had been deep fried. It was also served with two very large grilled prawns. The other person in our party had the Cod Scallopini which was thick slices of fresh Cod sauteed Scallopini style on a bed of creamy mashed potatoes.
For dessert we tried their version Creme Brullee (Very good),the chocolate tart (very Good) and the Tiramisu (very good too).
There is not doubt that Scampo is going to be on of the hottest reservation to get in Boston over the next few months and I was very pleased with Lydia Shire's newest venture.