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Spiga Trattoria Italiana Review

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Mook Sep 19, 2007 10:31 AM

A lot of folks have been inquiring about this restaurant, so I'll give a quick review of my takeout lunch experience.

SPIGA
18 Highland Circle
Needham, MA
p: 781-449-5600
w: www.spigaitaliana.com (doesn't work yet

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I give this restaurant a:
Food: 7.8
Atmosphere: 8.5
Service: 7.4
Overall: 7.9

Location & Atmopshere:
The location is tough and hard to get in and out of; especially from 12:30pm-1:30pm. There is plenty of parking once you get behind the carpet shop.
Very clean and tidy outside with an pleasant outdoor atmosphere. They have a few tables on the patio, which were all filled by stay-at-home moms. Once you get inside, it opens up nicely. You order at the counter and it gets delivered to your table. The place is decorated with italian flare; paintings with heavy brushstrokes and deep warmly painted walls. Very clean inside. Almost spotless.

Staff:
Staff was all male. They were pleasant enough, nothing to dote about. I didn't have table service, so I can't comment on that. I did observe a woman who had to come back in the restaurant to get a glass of water.

Food:
They have a pretty limited menu made up of four groups: salad, pizza, panini, and pasta. I ordered some raviolis which were delicious. The portion was hearty enough for lunch, but maybe throw a couple more in for dinner. My coworker ordered, "Amatriciana", which is penne sauteed with onion, home-made smoked pancetta, in a red wine plum tomato sauce. He said the pasta was a little overdone, but the sauce was unbelievable. Portion was enough for lunch.

I heard, from another reviewer, that the pizza and panini's were fantastic. I saw a pizza coming out of the oven and wanted a slice bad. I overheard a cook saying that their cheese is homemade. I wondered if they had their own cows?

Quick shots:
-They didn't give us any bread for takeout. I wished they did, as it would of complemented by raviolis perfectly. (Probably my biggest gripe.)
-No white/cream sauce entrees. So if you are looking for alfredo, etc., this is not your place. All dishes are primarily tomato based.
-They have a small 5 stool bar with beer/wine offerings.
-Fantastic looking desert offerings. All homemade.
-Full coffee menu with all the espresso/cappuccino/lattes/etc. I was almost enticed into getting an iced mocha for $4.50.
-They have gelato.

Final Comments:
Overall, nice, small italian place with an "everything homemade" motif. I don't get to experience the true Spiga, until I sit down for dinner. When I go back, I will post a more comprehensive dinner review.

To be a nice guy and a good reviewer, I've scanned in and uploaded their lunch menu. It is attached. :)

 
 
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  1. Aromatherapy RE: Mook Sep 19, 2007 10:45 AM

    Thanks. You are a nice guy and a good reviewer. I had no idea they were open for lunch.

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      bakerboyz RE: vealchops Oct 1, 2007 12:17 PM

      I reported on my take-out recently on another post but to sum it up, I thought that it was an attractive site though somewhat strange due to the location behind all the commercial properties; the mushroom pasta I got was very good but the pizza was not very good, the crust was very dry, cardboard like. I usually judge my pizza by the crust not the ingredients and this crust was not good in my opinion.

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        mpd RE: Mook Oct 29, 2007 07:44 AM

        Had dinner st Spiga. Had the papardelle with lamb ragu. If a restaurant is going to tout their homemade pasta - it best be good. This was very tough and thick - have had some succulent pappardelle in other local places. The linguine con vongole pasta was good - clam preparation not up to spicy par. The gnocchi were not very good - and in some sort of inedible shell. All in all - will not return - just sub par.

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