Italian restaurants in Maine are not usually authentic. Some offer tasty food, but the preparations may be "not really Italian". Sadly, Abbondante is neither authentic, nor tasty. The attractive interior (though noisy) does not carry over to the menu. I ordered cannoloni, stuffed w/ pork. The tomato sauce surrounding the pasta seemed right out of a little Hunt's can - no herb or seasoning passed over this stuff! The pasta was mushy - not the al dente that is recommended by anyone Italian. My dining partner ordered the same dish, and she commented on the bitterness of the red sauce and lack of flavor. She had the cannoli dessert - two generously sized cannoli shells were filled with a very runny vanilla cream - not the rich cannoli cream with fruity bits of chocolate chips or pistachios that one gets in Boston's North end or in NYC. Chocolate sauce - think Hershey's - was drizzled on top. I opted for the gelato. The wait staff told me of three flavors. I chose "peanut brittle" - it sounded enticing. Again - disappointment. There were three large mounds of - ICE CREAM! It was not peanut brittle - it was big chunks of chocolate with peanut butter ribbons running through. The exact flavor I had in my freezer 2 weeks ago, and for $8, I could have had two entire cartons. Gelato - rich and flavorful - is usually served in small quantities. I will not return to this eatery.
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