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Dec 28, 2011 09:57 AM

italian restaurant reopens in hanover,nh

salubre trattoria has reopened in the same spot in the same building. but,it has new owners and nicer atmosphere. we have been there several times both for dinner and lunch and enjoyed ordering from the new menu. i hope others try it as we would like to see this new version survive and prosper

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  1. Tried Salubre last week. They were giving out menus at the farmers' market (and selling excellent ciabatta), and I got excited because it looked like exactly the kind of place I miss most about living in the city - modern Italian, small plates, lots of vegetables, inexpensive enough to just go from time to time. It didn't quite live up to my hopes, but it was good enough to make me want to go back and try more of the menu, and I'm glad to have a place to go when I'm not in the mood to cook but want pasta done well.

    We shared a "deconstructed" Brussels sprouts appetizer, a half-size butternut squash risotto with chicken confit, and a half-size cavatelli Bolognese. The Brussels sprouts dish was very small and overly lemony, but the texture was good. The cavatelli was excellent and looked and tasted homemade. The Bolognese was fine but could have been richer and more flavorful. I loved the combination of the chicken confit with the risotto, though I wished it had a stronger squash flavor. With two glasses of red wine, the check was $45 before tip. The friendly waiters and shareable menu suggest a relatively casual atmosphere, and several diners were in jeans and tee shirts, but then there were white tablecloths and many diners in business casual.