* one and half stars.
Tommaso Trattoria, Enoteca.
This restaurant promotes itself as authentically Italian and the menu is structured like many menus in Italy.(primi piatti, secondi,etc) But this is where it all ends, the food and the restaurant is not really Italian. Tommaso lacks any warmth, that intangible that a good trattoria really needs. No one really greeted us, the owners never made the perfunctory stroll around the dining room and asked if the food was enjoyable. This task was left to the young waitress who seemed ill at ease, and was not that friendly. The decor seemed impersonal; there were standard framed prints Italian in theme, but they lacked any personality. The ambience was sterile and the furnishings did not transform the space for what it was, a storefront located in a mall. The dishes lacked any distinctive spicing; my wife ordered a tortellini that was disappointing. The dough-wrappers were chewy and not fully cooked. The portion was meager, and the dumplings floated in a small bowl of broth that lacked any flavor. The bread was poorly chosen, on this evening we were served onion panini, but the other bread was equally soft and short on crustiness. The only stars were the appetizers: the marinated baby eggplants were good. But this is where Tommaso's misses the point. Italian food in Italy is strong on flavor and emphasizes vegetables as first courses. Tommaso only listed five choices for antipasti. The menu was boring, and did not offer any quail, polenta, more choices in marinated vegetables; where were the hand grated slivers of parmeggiano reggiano? where was the batter-fried zucchini blossoms? where was the rabbit? Octopus? Ossu buco?Fresh Pesto?
The menu was clearly tailored to suit the diners..mostly suburbanites from Southboro. A fish course, a pork course, a chicken course, a steak course; the prices clearly reflected the clientale: pricey, $12-13 for a tiny dish of pasta? A better restaurant is 'Campagna' in Waltham Mass. ~Tiaotse~