Ristorante Di Paola - New "in" restaurant in W.Mass
I finally went to Ristorante Di Paolo in Turners Falls, MA...the place with all the "buzz". I had read a great review in the Springfield Republican newspaper a while back. We went for monday night live jazz. I've never seen a restaurant so busy on a monday night.
They seem to get a lot of patrons from Deerfield Academy. While we were there, we heard them booking a reservation from the middle east for Deerfield Academy's upcoming reunion. King Abdullah? ;-)
The night started off well with garlicky olives and crusty bread. (OK, it took a while for the bread to arrive.) The soup du jour was a delicious Spanish tomato broth with vegetables and sausage. However, the salad had an underwhelming dressing, and my risotto gorgonzola with seasonal vegetables was a disappointment. Our area is famous for Hadley, Mass. asparagus...affectionately known as Hadley "grass". It is now in season, but none were to be seen in this restaurant. I'd like to know what is seasonal about summer squash and zucchini? And the story about never ordering fish on mondays, turns out to be very true. My husband had the "fresh" tilipia. We ended the night with tiramiso which tasted like a bowl of $9 dollars worth of whipped cream. Our service was slow and indifferent. Had the waitress been more attentive, we would have been more likely to over look the other flaws to some extent.
I'd like to hear other's experience with this restaurant, but I probably wouldn't go back.