Thursday, January 26, 2017


There's a cozy new spot for all of the Italian staples in Waltham, Massachusetts. Step inside the Brelundi Ristorante.

As soon as you walk in, you're transported to Italy because there's a a showcase of Italian pasteries and gelato. Have a sample of gelato, but be sure to save room for dinner. Their dining room features photos of watches, a nod to Waltham's deep history of watch making.

Dinner starts out with warm bread and cheesy, crispy bread sticks. Those bread sticks are so good that my wife and I got a second round! In true Italian fashion, they are served with a bottle of olive oil for dipping. Appetizers include grilled octopus, caprese, and a salt roasted beet salad, but we had to try their arancini. They have meat, ham & cheese and spinach arancini and they are served in a little skillet with plenty of sauce. These rice balls were the perfect way to start our meal. 

For dinner, there are pizzas and calzones. Choose from one of their many options or make your own Italian concoction. Just like in Italy, their menu has a Primi section, all of the pastas, and a Secondi section, all of the meats. Pastas include carbonara, meat lasagna, primavera, ravioli with chicken, penne with chicken and broccoli.  I enjoyed the carbonara. It's made with bucatini pasta, which is like a thick spaghetti. Meat entrees include seared salmon, pork marsala, bistecca, grilled chicken, chicken saltimbocca and steak tips. They also serve an eggplant parm and plenty of salads for vegetarians.

We saved just enough room for dessert. They have a blood orange gelato on special right now, which was sooo good.

Brelundi Ristorante is open for all three meals. They have an extensive breakfast menu with breakfast pizzas, sandwiches, frittate, omelets and breakfast arancini. ,

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