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Feb 16, 2008 08:35 AM

Farfalle Italian Market in Concord

I've recommended this place ( in a few posts but I think it deserves it's own post! It's imo a real chowhound find! This is such a great addition to the longstanding tradition of great lunch/takeout places in Concord, MA. This one complements the list of places like La Provence, the Cheese Shop, Sally Ann's, etc. They specialize in refined yet simple Italian cooking with occasional excursion into French territory (brioche, etc.) They have made the decision to choose their ingredients very meticulously and it makes all the difference. Great crusty cibatta's from Iggy's for their paninis for example. You pay a little more as a result but I think it is well worth it. The menu changes daily with a mix of paninis, salads and pasta all prepared to order. They also pull the only good espressos in Concord. It's a pleasure to see people work so hard to get it right. It seems to be run by a couple and one of their friends. They don't seem to have anyone else working for them.

I'm eager to hear other hound's experiences with the place.

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  1. I went yesterday and was impressed after reading about it here. I had the spinach frittata and a caprese panini--All was good--not blown away, but I would certainly come back to try more. For sure I will return to buy wine. It looks small and nicely selected with good descriptions.The breakfast panini looks good and wonder how the pizza is? Thursday pizza and salad night?

    I read how friendly people are at the Cheese Shop in Concord--didn't get that feeling from here...

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    1. re: Trumpetguy

      Went again yesterday--Very enjoyable food and service. Had the breakfast egg panini which was very tasty on that pressed Iggy's bread w/ fried egg,cheese and tomato. Took Kelly's advice and had a great double capuccino--next time I'll get a ristretto...

      And bought a few bottles of Italian red wine too--helpful service :)

      1. re: Trumpetguy

        I'm glad you liked it. I didn't know they did pizzas. I'll have to drop by on a Thursday.

        I agree they could work on their demeanor a little, there is something a little clinical about their service. It's professional but it lacks a certain welcoming vibe.

        The Cheese Shop does have some genuinely friendly people that work for them.

      2. re brioche: depending on how they serve them, it might be more authentically Italian than the name suggests. In Italy, brioche and cappuccino are the standard breakfast at bars in most towns/cities I've visited.

        I'll have to check that place out!

        1. I did try this place recently and found it very pleasing as well. The ravioli in a butter sage sauce were very good and my wife's eggplant Panini was delicious (unlike any eggplant usually served in a sandwich, neither greasy or breaded)