The most popular style of food in and around Boston has to be Italian. You can’t walk through the city without hitting at least one Italian trattoria, not that it is a bad thing. In fact, with such a variety of them, it may be hard to choose just one. However, for homemade pasta, spectacular service, and even better sauces, the best choice in the MetroWest area has to be Ziti’s (http://www.zitisofnatick.com).
Located on popular Speen St. in Natick, Ziti’s is a treat for the palate, the senses, and the spirit. Whether you have a date, are meeting up with a friend, or want a nice place to take your family, Ziti’s is a little bit of everything. The seemingly endless selection of pastas can make a decision nearly impossible. However, the waitstaff is more than happy to wait for you to decide and is quick with a recommendation or answer to a question.
From the lovely rounded gnocchis to the long linguini, the plump ravioli and the crisp pizza, there is nothing on the menu that would not be worth trying, unless of course you aren’t partial to capers.
And then there are the sauces: marinara, alfredo, marsala, carbonara, mushroom cream, pesto, lemon butter, the list goes on. And there isn’t a single one that doesn’t sound appetizing. Each one is packed with flavor and spice undertones that will make your mouth water from the smell alone.
Now, let’s talk atmosphere. From the outside, the restaurant may look like any other, but take two steps in the door and it’s almost like walking into another world. It is a mix of an old world Italian home with a pop of modern decor. There is a large fireplace against one wall and everywhere else is a flowing collection of murals that catch the eye. There is also a modern bar with two televisions mounted above the taps.
There is a scattering of tables in a way that is neither too casual nor too tight. There is also seating at the wide top bar and a patio in the summer. Cozy enough for a date, delicious enough to impress a client, and of course, family-friendly.
Unlike other places in the area, you will not feel rushed to finish your meal and leave. Relax, have another glass of wine, and stay awhile. If you can, sample one of the fresh made cannolis that will melt in your mouth. The creamy and sweet filling, surrounded by the crunchy exterior, drizzled with chocolate sauce, and sprinkled with powdered sugar, this dessert is an excellent way to finish your night.