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What's good at Prezza?

My SO and I will be eating at Prezza this wekend for the first time. Is there anything on the menu that shouldn't be missed?

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  1. If they have it on the menu (it's a seasonal special), the paella there is the best I've had in the area.

    1. Portions are pretty big. The way we order there is to split an appetizer, get two half-orders of pasta (which are also all very good), and split an entree, often something wood-grilled, as that's a specialty. That's plenty of food: maybe add a salad to split if you're really hungry.

      Arrive early enough to get a cocktail at the bar; it's one of maybe two places in the North End that slings decent drinks. Stay for desserts, which are fine, too.

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        We do the same, and when we asked them to split the paella main course they were nice enough to bring it out on two separate, smaller paella pans!

      2. Prezza has a fantastic seafood risotto.

        1. The beef carpaccio is really good. When they don't have the carpaccio they have the tar tare which is very good but I prefer the carpaccio. If it's still on the menu the chestnut ravioli with duck is my favorite ravioli in the N.End. It's so rich and delicious. The wood grilled options are all terrific but the seafood stew is my favorite entree.

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          1. re: kittychow

            I love the chestnut ravioli with braised duck too - actually all of the pastas. I usually order a one or two apps and a half portion of pasta. Other favorites are the veal raviolini, arancini with short rib and gorgonzola, wild mushroom and fontina risotto, mussels with chorizo polenta, and the seafoood stew. Haven't been in a couple of months, so haven't tried a lot off the current menu. My husband usually orders the wood-grilled Angus sirloin, the veal porterhouse with lobster risotto, or the double-thick pork loin. I love the paella too, not sure if it's on the menu at Prezza since they have it as a signature dish at Copia now (which BTW they serve for one person, two, or three).

            I'm not sure if the menu link on the Prezza website is working, but here's the pdf file from a couple of weeks ago:

            http://www.prezza.com/documents/dinne...

            1. re: Rubee

              Just FYI re: Prezza. I thought this sounded interesting and a great deal!.

              They're doing a new "Godere in Dué menu" at the bar - a 3-course prix fixe for $45 a couple, $75 with wine. Hmmm. I think it's time for a visit.

              http://www.bostonchefs.com/news/viewA...

              1. re: Rubee

                I wonder if Prezza has any idea about the double entrendre in that name.

                1. re: Rubee

                  Stopped into Prezza last week to try the Godere in Due with a girlfriend - thought overall it was a great idea and quite tasty. The tuna tartare is tasty and as good as raved about on another thread. Accompanying it was a Gruner Vetliner that was crisp and light and a good sized pour. Creamy polenta with mushrooms was the standout of the night - yes, everyone is doing it, but this was the best version I've had in a long time. Montevina syrah paired perfectly. Gnocchi with ragout wasn't earth shattering, but held its own, although I wouldn't order it again. There's just better gnocchi to be had and the ragout seems a bit thin. All plates are split from the original portion, but I was still quite full when I left - part of which came from eating most of the breadbasket and about a dozen olives. Bartender was attentive, sweet and quite generous with the pours as well.

                  Love the space and the bar, but really don't understand the owner's stamping of his restaurant names on his stemware.

                  1. re: gini

                    I love Prezza's polenta too, one of my favorite appetizers is the crispy zucchini flowers with tomato over polenta.

                    We've actually been to Prezza twice in a week, most recently last night, because I love their new parsnip raviolini with duck confit. A couple more favorites off the new menu are the seafood antipasto trio - crispy fried oysters with shaved asparagus salad, baccala and cherry peppers, and a delicious clam ceviche, and the asparagus risotto with tiger shrimp and fontina.

                    Haven't tried the Godere in Due bar special yet, but did grab the new menu. We almost ordered it last night, especially since E's favorite pasta is on there, and I haven't tried the meatballs yet, but we opted to order off the regular menu.

                    Current Godere in Due (with wine $75 for two people, $45 without)

                    1st Course - Crispy shrimp in shredded phyllo with cherry pepper aioli over Italian radicchio slaw (Truchard Rousanne)

                    2nd Course - Spring pea raviolini with ham, mascarpone, and parmigiano (Five Rivers Pinot Noir)

                    3rd Course - Homemade meatball and sausage with tomato over polenta (Carparzo Rosso di Montalcino)

                    http://bostonchefs.com/clients/Prezza...

            2. any recent additions to add? will be trying soon. thanks!

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              1. re: gramercyfoodie

                I went this weekend and really enjoyed the fresh figs stuffed with gorgonzola; wrapped with prosciutto and baked. Can't go wrong with the wood grilled clams either.

              2. So four of us finally made it over to Prezza on Monday. It definitely started the week off great! Our table had a variety of appetizers, including the Crispy Shrimp with Italian slaw and cherry pepper aioli, Tuna Tar-Tare with citrus vinaigrette, crispy oysters and herb salad, Fried Zuchini Flowers on a bed of polenta and a side of wood grilled asparagus with pecorino cheese. For the mid-course, we had a dual plate of the hand-cut Tagliatelle “a la Bolognese” with porcini cream and pecorino cheese and the Spring Pea Raviolini with ham and mascarpone. For our entrees we had Ricotta Ravioli, Osso Bucco with saffron risotto cake and the Rotisserie Special of the Night which was a huge pork chop. Finally for dessert, the table got an order of the Limoncello cheesecake and the Fried donuts with honey.

                The portions are HUGE. Why did we order so much? Only because everything looked SO good. We did go a little crazy. We ended up taking nearly all of the entrees home, but they sure made for tasty leftovers the next day! Also, if you are a wine enthusiast, you must check out Prezza's wine list. They boast of 8,000 different bottles and over 900 labels.

                While Prezza is definitely not wallet friendly, it was definitely a worthwhile experience and a great way to spend time with our friends. We will definitely go back and try to spend less $$$, which we can totally do so long as we choose not to order nearly the whole menu!

                www.thevitullos.blogspot.com

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                1. re: kristinayee

                  As I have posted many times before, it is one of my favorite spots. You ordered well but probably too much. This is one of the best places to ask to split an order. First because they are large protions, and second because they are so willing to do it an d present the splits very nicely. Great report.

                  1. re: kristinayee

                    I'm a Prezza fan, but I'm always warning people here about portions, and suggesting no more than a single antipasto, primo and secondo per two diners. You still get plenty of food and help keep the otherwise hefty bill down.

                    Funny, when it first opened, Prezza had Italy-normative portions, but it eventually succumbed to the North End (or I guess just plain American) disease of ridiculous, doggie-bag portions, which I hate.

                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                      Why hate? In a way you're getting two meals out of the very high price you're paying. People just have to be wise and know when they should probably stop eating. And I usually find that the pasta still tastes pretty good as next day leftovers. I know some people may think leftovers are beneath them, but I'm definitely not one of them.

                      1. re: Snoop37

                        What I often find is that leftovers, viewed the next day, diminish the experience of the previous night's meal. They look sad and forlorn in that takeout container, the sauce all congealed, the careful plating destroyed. Reheating usually causes the dish to suffer further.

                        And I'm often going somewhere else after dinner; I usually can't store those leftovers at a safe temperature before I can get them home, and hate shlepping them around regardless. I'd be happier to see more modest portions at slightly lower prices, something I can finish.

                        Just my preference; I realize it's not widely shared. There's a reason Prezza supersized their portions: it's what customers wanted.

                        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                          I agree with Slim re: leftovers. There's something rather unsightly about having your leftovers in tow (if I do have them, I usually offer them to a homeless person if there is enough food left in edible/sanitary condition). More important to me, though, is the non-earth friendly aspect of leftovers - you are left with almost-always unrecyclable, styro containers. Most people won't re-use them, but toss them out without a thought. Some restaurants are making the move towards biodegrabable containers, but it's not a concept that has caught on too widely. Well, back off my soapbox!

                          1. re: digga

                            I think sometimes I actually enjoy last night's meal MORE the next day. I tend to get full quickly late in the day, and once you add drinks and bread and appetizers to the mix, sometimes I end up eating just a small amount of my meal. I'd hate to think I couldn't enjoy it later. At lunchtime I'm almost always hungry (maybe 'cause of the morning workout?) and can really appreciate the leftovers. Plus I feel like I have the opportunity to really focus on the food and the flavors --not being distracted by everything else that goes into eating out....I often realize how good a dish was when i heat it up the next day and get to have it again. Yeah, it's a drag to carry them around sometimes but I'm almost always glad I did. So I'm all for the bigger portions.

                        2. re: Snoop37

                          I was actually inspired by this thread to dig further into the doggie bag issue on my blog today, especially since Prezza -- a rare North End place I was grateful to in its early days for its sensible portions -- sadly succumbed to Doggie Bag Pressure and began super-sizing like everyone else on the block.

                          Too bad: I liked having a real Italian-style meal where I could actually finish an anti, primo, secondo, and dessert or cheese course. After one meal where I grossly over-ordered -- my equivalent of getting the memo on the newly giant portion sizes -- I learned the sensible way to order there: split each course between two people.

                          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                          1. re: MC Slim JB

                            haha glad my contrary point of view could be of service. Well done article.

                        3. re: MC Slim JB

                          I would rather have a place serve me a large "perhaps doggy bag" portions than to leave hungrey from a restaurant. I have been to a few restaurants lately where I am eating bread to fill me up. I have not tried Prezza yet but I am looking forward to it after your many nice reviews!

                      2. Oh, we were well aware of the portion sizes going into all of this. It was our first time however and the 4 of us wanted to taste a bunch of the things. We knew we'd be taking a lot of food home and we don't have problems with leftovers. The over ordering was deliberate and the high bill definitely our fault, but ... we got a great meal!

                        www.thevitullos.blogspot.com

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                          1. re: Northender

                            =) Next time around, now that we have a better idea of what we liked there, we will definitely take everyone's advice and share the orders!

                            www.thevitullos.blogspot.com

                          2. re: kristinayee

                            Last night, my DC and I enjoyed our first dining experiences at Prezza. It is clearly the best food I've had in the North End (with the possible exception of Taranta). The best dish ordered was potato gnocchi with lobster, butter, and mascarpone. Great balance of flavor and good lobster chunks.

                            We were also happy with an "egg" ravioli dish containing raw-ish eggs inside the ravioli shell in a brown butter sauce. We enjoyed the wood-grilled veal porter house in an excellent red wine sauce. I ordered the steak medium rare but it came out closer to medium. Despite that, the cut of meat was still outstanding. Do not get too excited about the lobster risotto. It was surprisingly flavorless.

                            I agree with the comments above regarding the portion size. I am still surprised how big the portions are.

                            I definitely plan to go back to Prezza!