Il Pastificio - Everett, MA
I recently went for the first time to Il Pastificio in Everett and I loved the place.
I tried their Panettone (Italian Christmas cake) at a friend’s house and I really loved it, so I decided to go and try a few more things.
The owner is a first generation Italian gentleman and he still makes pastries and fresh pasta (tagliatelle, tagliolini, ravioli and tortellini) the way you would find in Italy.
The tortellini with meat and Parmigiano were really delicious.
I also tried their ricotta cake, a little bit on the dry side, but filled with lots of good quality candied fruit.
I’m also very excited because I saw he also had Cassata Siciliana in the refrigerated case (so difficult to find here) and I cannot wait to try it next time.
Have you been there? What was your experience?
This is absolutely one of my favorite Italian specialty shops. He wraps all the pastries up in takeaway wrapping that is just like they do in Italy.
Everything I've tried there has been delicious---lobster rolls with fresh cream filling, a cake (name escapes me-maybe napoletana?) that is layers of a yellow pastry cream with flaky dough. Gosh, I'm salivating thinking about the place.
I've never tried the pastas; will have to do that next time. Thanks for reminding me of this place!
When I lived in Malden (eons ago) we'd go there often. I don't currently have a car - if I did, I'd definitely drive out there for my Italian treat fix.
Used to get his homemade raviolis - mmm! Desserts, can't remember what we'd get - all were good. I think he had homemade gelati (not craving that right now in this freezing cold!) that was delish, too.
So glad he's still doing business. Now I wish I could head out there...
It's a great little place which in a lot of ways has conserved a lot more of the Italian traditions than any other Italian shop I have seen here in the Boston area.
Those of you who like Modern etc should really stop in here and try a variety of things (as pappabuona says, the cassata is virtually unique in this area)
I have had the tortellini as well (which compare very favorably with Bella Ravioli, Dave's etc) and the pastries in general look quite appetizing. It really is a shame that it isn't discussed more often on here and I hope he stays in business!