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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sundays in My Neck of the Woods

Once a restaurant called Esposito's, Espo's on Congress Street, in Portland, Maine, has continued the quality and service of it's predecessor. ( I attempted to verify stories I've heard, but Espo's does not have a website, so I need to caution that the next few sentences are rumors that I have been unable to prove or disprove.)  As I understand it, the owner of Esposito's, which had long been an excellent Italian Restaurant passed away, and his children re-opened under the name Espo's Trattoria.

Having a hankering for some Italian eats, Hubby and I visited Espo's.  We were treated to a basket of focaccia bread with a dish of olive oil, parmesean, and rosemary sprigs for dipping, while we checked out the menu and specials.  The bread was practically oven-fresh and delicious by itself, but even more so when dipped in the olive oil mixture!


I was surprised to see Cream of Broccoli soup on them menu, but knowing that all of their food is homemade, I decided to have a cup as an appetizer, as it's one of my favorites.   The cup turned out to be a bowl of piping hot, cheesy goodness.  The soup was thick with cheese and broccoli, and was literally steaming when the waitress placed it on the table in front of me.  I dislike lukewarm foods, especially soup, so this was steamy, cheese-laden delight.  It was very easily the best Cream of Broccoli soup I've ever had in a restaurant.

The soup was followed by a salad with lettuce, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and lots of purple onion slices and a tangy homemade Italian dressing.  All the vegetables were fresh and crisp.

For my entree, I selected the meat lasagna, which was layers of cheese, lasagna noodles, marinara sauce, ground beef, sausage, and pepperoni--and did I say cheese?  Mozzarella, parmesean and ricotta, all melted, goey and tasty in a lasagna portion that was nearly 6 inches by 6 inches in size!  After all the soup, salad, and focaccia bread, I was only able to eat about a third of it, but the waitress boxed the remainder for a yummy lunch another day.


Hubby went for his favorite, spaghetti and meatballs.  (I love spaghetti, too, but am unable to eat it in a restaurant without wearing half of it by the end of the meal!)  The portion was huge, with a generous amount of marinara sauce topped by two meatballs the size of baseballs.  The meatballs were scrumptious, and were close to half a pound each, I would be willing to wager.  Hubby even had to have part of his dinner boxed to take home!  (And that's not a common occurance!)

It was a win/win evening;  a wonderful meal out, with a second wonderful meal for later with no cooking needed!
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19 comments:

Kristina P. said...

I need to remember to not read your blog on Sundays on an empty stomach!

My name is PJ. said...

My mouth is watering! And those meatballs are humungous!!

Brian Miller said...

oh wow...this one definitely sounds like a winner...the food looks great...yum!

Jen said...

Gee, Eva, have a heart!!! Most of us have not eaten breakfst yet [8:00:a.m.]!! The meals you had looked tasty....so much so, my cereal doen't come close to being very appetizing!!

Kimberly-mytoesareclaustrophobic said...

Yummo! Sure wish I lived nearby!

Just dropping by from SITS.

Tara R. said...

Italian food is one of my favorite cuisines. Those portions are huge!

Martha Ruth said...

I am sooo hungry right now! But at least I now know what's on the menu for dinner tonight! Heading to the freezer right now and getting out some sauce and meatballs. It's cold here in my neck of the woods and spaghetti sounds just perfect! Thanks Eva!

Katie Gates said...

Why am I so hungry all of the sudden?

Claudia said...

i'm getting hungry..this looks excellent..hmmmm..nice!

Joanna Jenkins said...

We're having Cream of Broccoli soup for dinner tonight. I hope it's as good as yours. And the meatballs-- Wow, that's a mini mountain. Sounds like the kids did their father proud!
Happy SIMC, jj

Unknown Mami said...

My mother's pet peeve is getting soup at restaurants that is not piping hot. Unfortunately, it happens quite often.

Unknown Mami said...

P.S. Your husbands balls are huge! I mean meatballs.

David Waters said...

My mouth is watering...looks yummy.

Steven Anthony said...

Eva my friend, a surprise awaits you at Lilly Swan:)

Erin said...

That soup looks absolutely sinful!

injaynesworld said...

You have so many great restaurants in your area. I would have loved that soup with a few croutons on top. Yum!

Eva Gallant said...

Jen: No matter what time of day, cereal could not compete with Italian fare!

UknownMami: I'm with your mother...soup should be hot! And yes, my man has huge balls....and those meatballs were good sized, too.

Eva Gallant said...

Jayne: The soup was awesome!

Pat said...

That'sa lotta meata balla!

looks delicioso!