Last night Dave and I had plans to go into Boston to celebrate my best friend Courtney's 30th birthday. But before that, I suggested trying out Tomasso on Rt. 9 in Southboro, a restaurant we have passed a thousand times before.
Located east bound on Route 9 in Southboro, Tomasso offers Italian cuisine with a seasonal menu that features sustainable and humanely raised ingredients from local farms and fishermen. Our waiter greeted us quickly and told us about the restaurant. I was very impressed by the long list of farms and fisherman that the chef uses around the New England area. I was also impressed by the dates on the menu. The menu changes weekly based on what's in season and what's available.
We were pretty hungry so we quickly ordered the Olives and the Insalata Verde, which was made literally right in front of us.
While we ate, we enjoyed watching the chefs in the kitchen. They were very fast and efficient!
For dinner, I decided to get a half order of the gnocchi, a dish on their primi menu. Primi, or first courses, are fresh pastas that the chefs make daily. They usually act as a prelude to the main course, but I wanted something small and not too filling so it was perfect for my main meal.
This was such a fantastic pairing! Bitter radicchio mixed with speck (a type of prosciutto) with rich gnocchi over a creamy parmesan sauce. I loved it and ate every last bite!
Dave ordered a special of the evening. Pulled lamb over a creamy chickpea polenta with spicy peppers.
I really wanted dessert to complete the meal but we were in a huge rush to get into the city and the place was really crowded so I knew it would take awhile. The only small complaint I have about this place was the service. It's definitely a place you go to when you have time to leisurely eat, not a place to go to when you have plans after. Which is totally fine and something I will definitely plan for in the future. All in all, it was a delicious restaurant with fresh, local ingredients that are balanced so well. I really can't wait to go back (with more time!) I highly recommend it!