- AMM Feb 19, 2005 07:58 AM
I'm going to Petrillo's (Italian) in Peabody tonite. Anyone been there? What did you think?
Didn't know Petrillo's was still open. Went there when they first took over after Caffe Italia and its successor. Don't recall anything specific because it was a year or so ago, but it was unremarkable. Let us know how it turns out.
Was at Petrillo's less than six months ago. Seems to be very popular. There is always a crowd there on Saturday evenings. I had a dish with seafood and pasta and when it was served it smelled very fishy. Needless to say, that was my first and last visit. Perhaps, in the future, but the verdict is still out on that happening.
My wife and I have been going to Petrillo's since its new ownership and it is one of our favorite restaurants. We especially like their Veal dishes. Their mixed seafood pasta is also very good.
I was so curious about Petrillo's. I had sampled take-out at a party and thought it quite good (chicken, broccoli, ziti) so was looking forward to trying it after someone gave me a gift certificate. Talk locally reported that it used to be a real casual spot that had grown upscale and that reservations are necessary most nights. Off we went.
I am addicted to pasta so couldn't wait to order a simple dish of Petrillo's hand-made pasta to see if I'd found pasta nirvana close to home (Swampscott). Service definitely displays some attitude, probably from newly-found commercial success and a full reservation book, and we had a hard time getting someone's attention to order drinks. The place was full and wait staff seemed rushed and irritated.
We started with a solid, fresh-tasting Ceasar salad and a sort of cheese en croute (can't recall the Italian name)--very nice, good crunch on the outside, cheese nicely melted within. I ordered a simple dish of linguine with a sauce of garlic and broccoli rabe. The sauce was well executed, but the pasta was completely raw, inedible, gummy. The waitress insisted that's the way fresh pasta should be. I suggested that perhaps if I substituted dried pasta for the fresh the dish might work better. She didn't like it but the kitchen did the dish with dried penne. Much better. I'm sorry I don't recall what my husband ordered, but I do recall that he wasn't wowed. I've never had the urge to return.
Lots of people love this place, so I hope you have a good experience. Please report.