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“Should be better” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Pacini's Italian Eatery

Pacini's Italian Eatery
38R Enon Street, Beverly, MA
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Ranked #67 of 117 restaurants in Beverly
Cuisines: Italian
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South Hamilton, Massachusetts
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“Should be better”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

Owner has a restaurant in the North End, you can bring your own alcohol and ambiance is basic but OK. This should transate into authentic Italian at reasonable prices. But the food is bland -- we have been there a half-dizen times and tried many dishes. Just bland.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Essex, Massachusetts
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33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
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“Staff is so nice, we hope they resolve the restaurant issues”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

Pacini's is a very casual place serving Classic Italian & modern dishes, as well as, pizza, calzones, & paninis--inconsistent cooking, but generous portions & value. Service is also inconsistent over the number of times we've dined there: the waitstaff is so busy, but personable, knowledgeable, & very accommodating. However, sometimes they are too busy or forgetful.

Among a few dishes that really piqued our interest, we chose Beef & Four Cheese Rigatoni. Beef was tenderly braised--good, however it was too salty one time & we think we'll try it w/a pasta other than the store bought stuffed rigatoni. *They cook to order as long as they have the ingredients!

Eggplant Manicotti is similar to a traditional eggplant rollatini, but maybe needs a little more creaminess &/or more spice perhaps. Chicken Gorgonzola was interesting w/chicken, spinach, asparagus, roasted red peppers & fettucini finished w/an Alfredo sauce& gorgonzola cheese (what a strong twist that adds.)

We can also recommend the Chicken Ala Pacini which comes as a generous dish (choice of lunch, $8.50, or dinner $10.50 portions) of sauteed chicken w/artichokes, asparagus, roasted red peppers in a creamy pesto sauce w/penne. Satisfying & a great value.

We do Not recommend the Mussels nor the Caesar Salad which was just chopped lettuce sprinkled w/store Parmesan cheese & store dressing.

Also delicious, rich, & a great value was the Chicken, Broccoli w/Fettucine & Alfredo Sauce ($8.75/11.75). They do a nice job cooking to order. Chicken tenders were sauteed w/fresh broccoli & garlic, then tossed w/egg noodle fettucine (at our request) & that rich, delicious sauce of butter, Parmesan Cheese, & heavy cream.

Be sure to check out their Daily Specials. Pacini's has such a wide variety of paninis, salads, pasta specialties, chicken, beef & veal, & seafood dishes that we could have something different each time we'd dine w/them & it would take us a while to get through the menu. The problems are the inconsistency of the service, the cooking, & the mechanical problems. The staff is so nice, we hope they resolve these issues.

Lunch, dinner, Family-style, take-out, delivery, & catering
http://pacinisbeverly.com

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Essex, Massachusetts
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“:-( Currently closed for mechanical reasons.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

Service is very good: the waiter is so busy, but personable, knowledgeable, & very accommodating. It's a very casual place, but good food & value. Among a few dishes that really piqued our interest, we chose Beef & Four Cheese Rigatoni. Good, however it was too salty one time & we think we'll try it w/a different pasta. They cook to order as long as they have the ingredients! Eggplant Manicotti is similar to a traditional eggplant rollatini, but maybe needs a little more creaminess &/or more spice(?). Chicken Gorgonzola was interesting w/chicken, spinach, asparagus, roasted red peppers & fettucini finished w/an Alfredo sauce& gorgonzola cheese (what a strong twist that adds.) We will definitely return. To be continued.

Visited August 2012
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MA
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“agree with urbanspoon and yelp”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

Huge amounts of cheese on everything that congeals when food cools down, undercooked pizza. Tried it a few times. Agree with urbanspoon and yelp, not that great.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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