January 7, 2016
Eat Pray Love at Va Bene Pasta Deli
I did, though, risk disappointment because I had been messaged by an Italian food hound friend when Va Bene Central Square that it was not up to par with Va Bene Petron. The challenge of an expanding restaurant is always maintaining quality.
Thankfully, I took the risk because, as it turns out, my food friend might have just popped in on a wrong day. The food, at our lunch at least, was excellent!
The restaurant offers daily specials, which are a good deal because the combo meal comes with an appetizer AND a pasta that is still large enough to share. We had a burrata salad (burrata is a fresh Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream) to start and a ravioli followed. Both were delicious although I personally would have loved more burrata on the plate (who wouldn’t). And the pastas in the main menu are far superior.
I would strongly suggest to order from the main menu instead. If price is the issue, fear not because the servings are large enough to share – for 2 if you eat heftily, 3 if you have a regular appetite, and 4 if you your stomach is luckily petite.
Equally impressive is the Spinach Cannelloni. I was surprised by the shape of this one at Va Bene, though, expecting the log-like shape of Cannelloni as we know it. This one, however, is rolled. But beneath each layer is spinach and a tomato cream sauce, which is just lovely.
I was afraid that we would run out of food so I ordered this appetizer just as a filler but toward the end of the meal: a plate of parma ham affettati (sliced meat). Instead of rolling it around a melon, though, as Julia (Roberts) did in Eat Pray Love, this one is served with dried figs and shaved Pecorino (I guess they have a lot of Pecorino in the kitchen!). Stil delish and great to much on over catch up convos.
The meatball appetizer is also good but if you are no more than two, skip this as it is very filling!
If you must stay, they also have a cheese platter. Not the best cheese but you can’t go wrong with cheese!
Central Square Building
Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Closed weekdays from 3pm to 6pm.
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2 Comments on “Eat Pray Love at Va Bene Pasta Deli”
Mark Joshua says January 8, 2016 at 10:44 am
Wow! I love pasta. Their food seems delicious and I think their servings are also excellent. Thanks for sharing.
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