Bobby C's Restaurant - @ Pine Banks Malden/Melrose
I have made 3 trips to Bobby C's.
It is a casually elegant, medium-sized place. There is a small bar that seats about eight people and there are two televisions behind the bar. On a Saturday night, it was pretty busy.
They have a full bar with a small wine list, most of the bottles selling for under $30. I was not impressed with their selection of wines.
The food menu is extensive and they always have several daily Specials. The menu consists of Appetizers ($7.99-$11.99), Homemade Zuppa ($3.95/cup, $5.95 bowl), Insulate ($5.95-$12.99), Pasta Entrees ($9.95-$19.99), Other Entrees ($15.99-$28.99), and Pizza ($9.95+). The dishes are primarily Italian though they also have some more traditional American fare such as Rack of Lamb and Steak Au Poivre.
The Mussels appetizer ($9.99) was sautéed in a white wine sauce with sliced hot peppers and some cherry tomatoes. I received a large pile of tender mussels and the flavorful sauce was just the right degree of spiciness. Well worth ordering. One of their Special appetizers was a Seafood Risotto ($13.95), consisting of mussels, clams, shrimp and scallops, all atop Arborio rice with a few slices of tomato. The shrimp and scallops were good-sized and tasty. The rice was in a bit of a creamy sauce and was very flavorful, and cooked just right. It was a large appetizer that two people could have easily split. Another worthy choice.
The Antipasto For Two ($12.99) has imported meats, cheese, pepperoncini, and roasted red peppers atop mixed greens. It is another large dish with plenty of slices of meat including Mortadella, Capicole, and Prosciutto. Everything was fresh and good.
All of the Pasta Entrees come with a choice of soup or house salad. The Chicken Escarole soup was good, as was the Minestrone soup (a special one evening). The broths are very flavorful and they were both filled with plenty of other ingredients, from escarole to veggies.
The Shrimp Scampi ($18.99) has a creamy sauce, of white wine, garlic and butter. The shrimp did not seem as large as the ones that had been used for the Seafood Risotto. It was a tasty dish though nothing special. The Veal Saltinbocca ($19.99) was a more impressive dish. There was plenty of thin, tender veal covered with lots of prosciutto and mozzarella. It was in a light, white wine and sage sauce that seemed to have a hint of lemon. Very delicious and highly recommended.
The Other Entrees are accompanied by your choice of two sides, such as pasta, potato au gratin, whipped potatoes and veggies. The Chicken Marsala ($15.99) is served with mushrooms in a Marsala wine sauce. I received plenty of tender chicken and the Marsala sauce was light with the right touch of sweetness. For sides, I would not recommend the Au Gratin Potatoes as they were dry, maybe overcooked.
They have several different types of pizza and you can create your own as well. I tried their Pizza with Bacon. The pizza has a very thin crust and it was topped with plenty of sauce, cheese and real pieces of bacon. I liked the thin crust and the thicker crust on the perimeter. It was a very tasty pizza except that it was a bit oily.
If you want dessert, they bring out a tray to show you the available choices, such as cannoli, cheesecake and tiramisu. I tried the Tiramisu ($6.95), and it is a bowl of tiramisu rather than a slice. It was quite good, with the right balance of flavors and not overly sweet.
Service was generally good with only a couple of minor service issues which I am sure they will work out as they are new. Overall, I liked this restaurant and think it is headed in the right direction.
Bobby C's is now open. According to the bartender, it opened last week for dinner and will also be doing lunch soon. Dropped in last night with a friend for a couple of drinks and we got an appetizer...stuffed mushrooms. They were good! But it's a bit pricey, apps are 10 $ range with entrees $18 to $30 (veal chop). Varied menu (steaks, seafood, pizza, etc) with nightly specials (stuffed shrimp, pasta w/veggies, etc). Very nice atmosphere and they will be doing outdoor seating. A bit fancier than I expected. I would go back to try dinner, portions appeared to be decent.
re: kate used to be 50
Woooo, I'm trying to be Sherlock Holmes with this one... that web link gives me a clue that Bobby C's may involve music, or may be some sort of diner /hamburger/car hop or Americana fare..... however the "Ristorante" screams Italian, so I guess my snoopster skills are out the window on this one !!!