On Sunday night Jeff and I got to have a date night and check out the newly reinvented and expanded Trattoria il Panino in the North End.
Trattoria il Panino has been around for 30 years and owner Frank DePasquale recently expanded the original Trattoria il Panino by taking over the space of the former Pompeii restaurant so that the restaurant now has 2 entrances and can seat 250 guests at any given time. In addition to it’s larger space Trattoria il Panino will now serve breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as brunch on Saturday and Sunday’s and a late night menu until 4am on Friday and Saturday night!
As I have mentioned before Jeff loves Italian food and always complains about how my lack of love for Italian food pains him. When I heard about the new Trattoria il Panino opening on April 8th I thought it was a great opportunity to take Jeff out for a meal he had been longing for (#happyhusbandhappylife). While I claim to not be an Italian lover there are two things I know a good Italian restaurant will do well and that is a mozzarella salads and mussels!
Trattoria il Panino reminded me of a typical Italian restaurant dim lighting and tables set rather close to each other. When we arrived we were immediately greeted by our waiter who asked for our drink order. Jeff went for a 2014 Chianti, Sensi, Veneto while I went for a glass of 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot “Birillo,” Principe Corsini, Toscana which was really delicious and a very generous pour, which is always appreciated!
In typical fashion I had looked up the menu before hand and new what I was going to order before we even arrived!
To start Jeff and I shared the Mozzarella Caprese with delicious bufala mozzarella and fresh tomatoes and basil! We loved the presentation and the bufala mozzarella in this dish! We both wished it never had to end!
For Jeff’s main meal he went for the Ravioli di Ricotta which he was a huge fan of and happy that the raviolis were actually full of cheese. Some places we have been skimp out on the cheese filling leaving much to be desired.
For my main meal, in case you hadn’t guessed it already were the Pepata di Cozze mussels in spicy garlic and white wine sauce. This was a generous portion of mussels and the mussels were huge, which was much appreciated and I had no problem polishing them all off! While the garlic lover in me would have loved more garlic flavor in the sauce the mussels certainly did not disappoint, further affirming that good Italian restaurants know how to make good mussels!
We both left very satisfied customers, the pasta lover in Jeff got his fix and the seafood lover in me got her fix!
After dinner we took advantage of the large swings parallel to Hanover street and swung for a while and since it was still light out we decided to walk from the North End back to Back Bay before hoping on the T the rest of the way home!
If you are looking for a traditional and delicious Italian restaurant I would definitely recommend Trattoria il Panino, they take reservations and offer private dining.
What do you usually order when you go out for Italian?
I received the above food and drink complimentary in exchange for an honest review of my experience. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.