SPIGA ON HIGHLAND
Just went by new restaurant in needham is it open yet and does anybody know anything about it
We went there tonight....the staff was a little inexperienced. We were not served any bean dip with our bread, but the table next to us was served. I think the waitress almost forgot to give us bread too, as it came right before our meals. The food was very good but portions are small for the price. Pizza was very good. Pasta was very good with homemade sauce. Hopefully the staff will get better
I tried for the first time (take-out) last night and here are my impressions:
Although in somewhat of an odd area for a restaurant (commercial and industrial area), it is actually a very attractive space, open kitchen with a trattoria like feel and a nice outside patio area.
We ordered a Porcini Pizza (smoked mozzarella, sausage and porcini mushrooms); this is a white pizza and had decent flavor but the crust was very lackluster, my wife thought it was very dry, I thought it was a little cardboard like. We also ordered a pasta dish, Maltagliati ai Funghi (wide noodles, wild mushrooms, vegetable broth and white truffle oil). The pasta was much better than the pizza, nice flavor, noodles cooked al dente. The pizza and pasta were each $15. I will try again but not sure if I would order another pizza.
I work in the area; it was nice to find an alternative to the chains on Highland. I just tried it for lunch the other day.
The Calabrese pannini was okay; sausage, smoked mozzarella, brocolli rabe on a fennel dusted foccacia. A little small for $9 and everything felt a little wet in a bad way, like the rabe could have stood being drained significantly more. As others have commented, it was very salty, but their range of choices is pretty impressive; I'm hoping they have the flexibility to do a rabe/chicken/mozz. sandwich for example; that level of saltiness would work great against the blandness of chicken breast.
Went to Spiga Saturday night, odd experience in that some things were excellent and some things very bad. The very bad was the Bruscetta appetizer which turned out to be more like a toasted roll with plain mixed greens on it, when we did tell our waitress she did take it off the bill but it is odd that anyone who cared about their food would have even tried to serve this. The not so good were two pasta dishes, one was gnocchi and the other pappardelle with mushrooms. Two other pasta dishes, on the other hand, were delicious; I loved my spaghetti with clams and someone else got a "special" of fettucini with stuffed calamari in a spicy red sauce that was also very good. It's a shame that the experience was such a mixed bag.
As far as the service, it appears that because they have only been open about 1 month and much of the help seems to be very inexperienced and untrained, they seem to have some blips. A small thing but our waitress expressed surprise when she came over to our table when we hadn't been given menus by the hostess that seated us and twice waiters or food runners tried to give us food that belonged to other tables. It's a very attractive restaurant but their inconsistency in the quality is a bit troubling.
We tried it for a light dinner two weeks ago and found the food mediocre. It is a pleasant room as others have said but the two salads and the vegetable pizza we tried were mediocre. The wait staff was fine, but inexperienced. We'll go back there again to try some of the pastas that others have liked since we live pretty close by.