233 Hanover St
Boston MA 02113
January 19, 2017
One of my best friends, Katherine♥, decided to pay me a visit in Boston and we decided to try Tresca–one restaurant in the North End I have been wanting to try for months! Tresca is only open for dinner, so it is harder for me to go with my dad (sorry you missed out bud)-but I saw the opportunity and just had to take it.
Man, we reminisced on our time in Florence (♥) together-without the wine 😦 … and were very impressed with our meals.
Another reason I chose Tresca was the gluten free pasta option-many North End restaurants are starting to have gluten free pasta, but it is not extremely popular, making the quest a little bit difficult and challenging my creativity and knowledge of being gluten free! It will continue though-don’t worry my loyal and eager fans! 😉
Anyway, I ordered the Rigatoni Affumicata ($19). This dish was grilled eggplant, fire roasted peppers, baby heirloom tomatoes, roasted garlic, and smoked mozzarella all mixed in with my pasta. The flavors just exploded with each bite in my mouth! The smoked mozzarella was one of my favorite flavors- but the peppers were just as spectacular. And the melted cheesy goodness mixed in with all the veggies and pasta….my mouth is currently watering!!
I pretty much insisted and totally peer pressured Katherine into trying the pumpkin ravioli (Agnolotti di Zucca: native Pumpkin filled ravioli, sliced chicken tenderloins, maple sage cream sauce, and fried leeks-$24)
I may or may not have made her feel like she had to try it for her gluten free friend-since if I was eating gluten that would have been my top choice.♥Katherine- I know you love me regardless, I know you are happy with your choice, and I hope you enjoyed your mint chocolate chip canoli from Mikes!!! ♥♥♥♥♥♥
Katherine did love her meal, remarking it was sweet-almost more like dessert…and would be the perfect dish to split with someone, and split their dish as well, as the pumpkin is a very powerful flavor.
Nonetheless, we were very pleased with Tresca. I thought it was a very beautiful restaurant, warm (A+), and would definitely be a super cute date spot as the mood lighting just totally amplified our friendship. Jokes aside, I would recommend Tresca for a foodie who is adventurous and maybe wants something other than the typical American Italian cuisine, although they did have classics like the parmesan dishes, picatta,marsalas, and bolognese among others.
Side note- we found it a little odd and very different that no bread was served with our dinner. I didn’t care as I can’t eat it, but bread normally is a small little snack to munch on while you wait. Maybe consider ordering an appetizer if you are super hungry, but we were both full and satisfied after finishing ours.
Also, Ray Bourque is owner of Tresca and pops in occasionally to speak to guests. I can’t believe he didn’t make an appearance knowing I, the world’s best Boston’s North End blogger would be there, but like, whatever! Maybe…if y’all are reading this…you could hit that share button and then he can invite me??!!!!!!
Service was super fast, attentive, and very nice.
Atmosphere: 4/5- perfect for Valentine’s Day gentleman!♥
Price: $$/$$$ a little on the pricer side for dishes without seafood-but quality is worth the price