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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sundays in My Neck of the Woods

Located at 694 Main Street in Westbrook, Maine, Casa Novella is an Italian Restaurant and Bar where you can choose to eat in, or take out.

The dining room is cozy with lots of mahogany wood,  with red and white tablecloths under glass table tops.

It was mid-afternoon when we stopped for lunch and all but had the dining room to ourselves.  There were three other parties, plus a couple of people came in to pick up take out orders while we ate.
The dark wood of the decor lent a rich feeling to the place, despite the glass-topped tables.  It took a few minutes for the waitress/hostess to notice us, since there is a pillared wall display in between the bar and the entrance.

Once seated, we were immediately served a basket of fresh from the oven, hearty Italian bread, along with olive oil, grated parmesan cheese, and herbs for dipping. The bread was wonderful, and I ate two good sized slices!


The bread was followed by a good sized salad with fresh, crispy veggies and a yummy thick peppercorn/parmesan salad dressing, which we thoroughly enjoyed.

Mr. Eva was served a generous portion of spaghetti and meatballs.  Even though it was a luncheon serving, it was more than he could finish, despite the really tasty meatballs.

I went with the chicken parmesan which was served in two dishes.  The chicken was well cooked and very good with lots of cheese on top.   The penne was fine, but both Mr. Eva and I agreed that we have tasted better marinara sauce.  It was very thick, as though it was made mostly with tomato paste.  It certainly was good enough to eat, but just not the best we'd ever had.

Although our dinner was better than many, I doubt that we will be going back soon.  There are just too many choices close to us that we enjoy more.

Note:  I was not compensated for this review: the opinions expressed are mine only.  
EVA

17 comments:

Brian Miller said...

glad it was good...sorry it was not a fav to pull you there more often...chicken parm sounds good though...

Gail said...

What a treat...to go out to eat!

Jen said...

It is great to try new places, even though this might not have been your best experience! Thanks for sharing your opinions.

David Allen Waters said...

God that looks good.Your sundays always make me hungry,lol.....

have a great one my friend

Pam said...

Looks like a good meal.

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

That looks good enough for me to have for breakfast! Yum!

Kristina P. said...

Sounds like they could use a Restaurant Impossible makeover!

lisleman said...

thanks for the lunch - this virtual type keeps my shirt free from sauce.

tsonodablog said...

My Italian mouth is watering! That settles it. I'm making pasta for dinner!

Tara R. said...

You never know if it will be a new favorite restaurant until you try it out. Really good marinara is hard to get right.

Unknown Mami said...

I love that you guys go out and try places regularly.

Kristy said...

Hope you are not being affected there by the weather?

Eva Gallant said...

Jen: I love trying new places!

Pam: It wasn't bad.

Terri: It's hard to beat Italian food!

Anything Fits A Naked Man said...

Well, now I'm completely Jonesing for Italian food! That looks terrific! Sorry it wasn't your favorite, but the atmosphere looked lovely!

Erin said...

Sounds heavenly and looks even better!

The Frisky Virgin said...

I love these posts--they make me want to go to your neck of the woods. It looks so pretty there!

The salad looks yummy! And, um, the pasta--kinda making me hungry.

Eva Gallant said...

Frisky: The salad and the bread were excellent!

ProDiva: It's my goal to inspire! lol