Boston Restaurant Blog -- December, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Let's face it; even though Italian-American food isn't the most adventurous food around, sometimes you just gotta have it. Perhaps it has something to do with the comfort factor of the food, and Italian-American cuisine (as opposed to Northern Italian or authentic Italian) is indeed a category with lots of comfort food dishes. And the dining spot that several of us went to about a week and a half ago--Guido's Restaurant in Walpole--certainly satisfied on the comfort front.
Guido's Restaurant is located in a nondescript shopping center just north of the center of Walpole. The restaurant itself is pretty easy to overlook, so much so that I couldn't initially find it even when I was in the parking lot of the shopping center. The interior is a bit nicer, however, as the rectangular room had a tiled floor, chandeliers and wall lights that weren't overly bright, mirrors on the walls, and comfortable tables and booths. The restaurant was fairly quiet, too, even though it was almost full (though there was an incessant humming sound in the dining area that was at times a bit irritating).
Our table started with several appetizers including a tasty pasta fagioli, a thin and watery (but tasty) clam chowder, and a solid caesar salad. (We were also given some delicious homemade scali bread and rolls, neither of which I could stop eating.) For our main course, most of us had pizza (both thin crust and regular crust), though a nicely prepared baked stuffed haddock dish was also ordered. The pizza was very good, with a hearty sauce and a decent amount of cheese placed on top, though I thought that the thin crust version wasn't thin enough, and in fact seemed a bit doughy and heavy. One note: Guido's also features Sicilian pizza, and while I didn't get to try it, I have heard good things about it.
I liked Guido's and wouldn't hesitate to return, perhaps to try one of their many pasta dishes, seafood entrees, or sandwiches. The bread itself is reason enough to go back, as I put it only behind the amazing sourdough bread at Pescatore in Somerville as the best bread I've had in the past three or four months. It may not be a fancy place, and the pizza isn't the best I've had in the Boston area, but Guido's certainly holds its own against some of the other Italian-American restaurants south and west of Boston.
If you would like the address for Guido's in Walpole, MA, here it is: Guido's Restaurant, 683 Main Street, Walpole, MA, 02081. Phone: (508) 660-1533.
The service is great; the waitresses were polite and knew what they were talking about. The food was the best that I've had in years, the pizza and pasta were cooked to perfection and it was a small, cozy place hidden in Walpole. I was also happy when I found out they make their dough and sauce right there at the restaurant!
Posted on 5/20/09
Several of us got back to Guido's this week. Most if not all of the meals we ordered were quite good, with the antipasto (a heaping portion of cheeses, veggies, and meat), the chicken limone (perfectly cooked artichokes), and the baked haddock (moist, flaky, and delicious) really standing out. And the homemade bread was every bit as impressive as before, with the scali bread being particularly fine. I'm really starting to like this place, and while the food is more Italian-American than authentic Italian, it's about as good as you'll find for this kind of fare.
Posted on 11/28/09
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