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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Sundays in My Neck of the Woods

I think I'm losing it!  I screwed up again....This is Sunday's post a day early!   Please scroll down to see Saturday Silliness!


This was a revisit to one of our favorite Italian restaurants.  Espo's Trattoria is located at 1335 /Congress Street in Portland, Maine.  I reviewed this place on 1031/10 here, but felt it was time for a repeat visit.  For previous review, I had lasagna and Mr. Eva had spaghetti and meatballs, both of which were excellent.

The first thing you can expect is a basket of focaccia bread and a dish of olive oil, mixed with parmigiana cheese and herbs for dipping.  I spooned some of the mixture onto my bread plate and sopped it up with some of that fresh bread.  Yummy!


It is divine, and it is difficult to not just gorge yourself on that and have no room left for your meal!


We enjoyed side salads with crispy fresh lettuce, cucumbers, purple onions, and grape tomatoes with the house oil and vinegar Italian dressing.


On previous visits, we had seen lots of pizza being taken out, so I was determined this time to try it.  They make their pizza with fresh dough, a tasty tomato sauce and lots of cheese at $6.99 and I added pepperoni to my order for $.95 cents more,  I wish there were a tad more generous with that delicious tomato sauce, but I did enjoy the pizza immensely, even though I couldn't finish it and brought nearly half of it home with me!


Mr. Eva had spaghetti and meatballs, his favorite.  This was the luncheon serving which only includes one baseball-sized meatball, at $9.99 (including the side salad). The dinner portion he had on our last visit includes two of the huge honkin' things!


I had to take a photo after he cut into the meatball, so you could see how big it actually is!

Espo's remains one of our favorite Italian restaurants; we've never been disappointed when we've chosen to dine there.  I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is in the Portland area and has a hankering for Italian eats!

Note:  I was compensated in no way for this review.  We paid for our dinners and the opinions expressed are mine alone.

24 comments:

River said...

I saw the size of that meatball and my mouth just dropped open!
I have never ever seen a meatball so huge!
I always think of meatballs anywhere being tiny little things half the size of a ping-pong ball. Like large marbles.

Kitty Moore said...

I love Italian food - although I do tend to have either spagetti carbonara or seafood linguini every time!

Erwin "ERS" said...

wow! a very mouth-watering set of food. i love pasta myself. and it was a good idea for you take the picture of the meatballs after being cut into half. made me feel hungrier. hahahaha

Dawn @Lighten Up! said...

Man, that is a helluva pizza for $6.99! I am from Youngstown, and I know pizza!

Erwin "ERS" said...

wow. a very mouth-watering set of food. i love pasta myself. love the idea of taking the picture of the meatball after being cut into half. made me feel hungrier. hahahaha. : )

Brian Miller said...

oh that pizza looks good...so does the bread...love good bread and will be a discriminate restaurant chooser based on the bread...

Kelley said...

I love any restaurant that puts cucumbers, tomatoes AND red onions in their salad. Sold!

Terri Sonoda said...

Ah Italian. My Very favorite kind of food! And when you can find a good sauce? You've hit gold.
That meatball looks amazing. Yummsss

Eva Gallant said...

Kitty: It's the best!

Dawn: It was very good!

Edwin: It was sooo huge!

Terri: I think Italian is my favorite as well!

Al Penwasser said...

That meatball is as big as my head.
Hmmmmmm.....meatball..............

Nancy Thompson said...

Oh yum! It all looks so good. And just ate dinner, too. But good lord, that meatball is a monster!

Unknown Mami said...

Yeah, that's a big ball.

Elenka said...

I've been there only once, and only had a drink.
Looks good. Will have to try it.
BTW, that was a meat GLOBE!! Good god. How long does it take to cook that thing?

Laurie Matherne said...

Mama Mia! The size of that meatball? Was it the size of basketball or a baseball?

Jen said...

YumYum!! Pizza....not so much meatball.

Tara R. said...

That meatball is HUGE! I could make an entire meal from bread and herbed olive oil.

Kristy said...

Ah! LOVE Italian.

Laurie Kolp said...

Wow- that's some meatball! But the bread is what got me.

AutismWonderland said...

Whoa...That is some kind of meatball!!

Wishing I were in your neck of the woods right about now :)

Stopping by from Unknown Mami's Sundays in my City.

Eva Gallant said...

Jen: the meatball was delicious, too, according to Mr. Eva!

Lazarus said...

The pizza. The pizza. The pizza. In case you didn't guess, I'm hungry and that picture of the pizza got to me. Thanks a lot Eva!!!!

Julia@mistressofmydomain said...

My kids would get a huge kick out of a meatball that size on their plates. Everything looks delicious!

The Frisky Virgin said...

Delicious! HUGE meatball! Wow! Everything looks fantastic!

Eva Gallant said...

Frisky: The meatballs are humongus, and everything is delicious!