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“This cool, trendy, unpretentious place rocks!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Popolo

Popolo
36 The Square, Bellows Falls, VT
+1 802-460-7676
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Price range: $12 - $35
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Popolo serves Italian-inspired farm-to-table cuisine in a casual setting at the Windham Hotel in Bellows Falls. We work to create a varied, affordable menu using mostly locally-sourced ingredients and an exciting drink and wine list. We also promote a wide variety of events including concerts, movies, and parties. The menu of food and conversation is ever-changing as Chef John-Michael Maciejewski's untethered imagination presents dining specials almost every day and night.
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“This cool, trendy, unpretentious place rocks!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

Came for dinner on a Wednesday night after just getting back from two weeks in France - eating fab food, of course- so weren't we surprised that a trip to Bellow's Falls Vt would be like a trip to Italy. OK. Grilled kale with squash was perfect! A vegetable plate with olives, green beans, mushrooms, burratta stuffed mozzarella ( I love those!) roasted peppers - not salty, just right marinade. On to a faro risotto with a perfect local egg and amazing garlic spinach and cheese ( OMG it was really good) . Barely room for the espresso gelato with biscotti and GOOD decaf.Good wine list. I had an amazing dessert wine from Le Marché region in Italy which I have been to so it was particularly fun. Bellows Falls is now on my map. I am returning to hike and eat at Popolo.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Fun atmosphere great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

We have been to Popolos several times and it keeps getting better and better. The menu is seasonal and creative, the cocktails delicious and the service is personal and attentive. The prices are quite reasonable for the quality of the food. It is worth a couple mile detour off I 91 to visit the charming downtown and to have lunch or dinner here.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Leesburg, Virginia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“We chanced into a good one!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

While on the road through Vermont, we drove through Bellows Falls and saw Popolo on the main street. We decided to give it a try and were glad we did! The soup special of the day was a cold prosecco/watermelon combination garnished with basil and feta cheese - excellent. The menu appears to be deliberately limited in order to concentrate on a few well prepared dishes. The eggplant paninni sandwich on a great bread was worth waiting for - although the kitchen seems just a little too slow - perhaps due to newness. The one server was enthusiastic and effficient! Other menu items looked like great choices. ( A word of advice to an apparent owner - don't do your paperwork at the bar while customers are waiting for their food - makes them wonder what is more important to you...)

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Grafton,VT
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“An unexpected culinary gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

Popolo has only been open a few months but has quickly become our "go to" restaurant. Based on the good sized crowds and familiar faces we have seen during our half-dozen visits we think others feel the same.

The space is clean, modern, smart and unpretentious. It's essentially one large dinning room with very tall ceilings so the acoustics can make it noisy but we know they are planning on working on that over time. There's a deck that we haven't tried but those that have say its lovely. The service staff is friendly, sometimes laid back, but always helpful and accurate. But it's the kitchen that makes this place exceptional. They've shown themselves to be incredibly creative. It's that minimalist type of creative where you swear every dish has six ingredients or less. The combinations first mystify you and after a taste it's -- "wow, who thought of that?"

The menu has a good array of alternatives for salads and soups and they throw in a special or two based on what's available locally. We've had two outstanding heirloom tomato salads. One with burrata and pesto, another with peaches and feta. We've sampled their soups -- last night was a watermelon soup with prosecco served with feta and mint. They have a selection of antipasti that's amazing. We've had the mixed olives and burrata -- and ate way too much that evening. Then there's a number of pizzas served on a just-the-right-thickness crust with puffed browned edges that you want to eat first. But here, too, the imaginative chef has served a smoked mozzarella with lemon filling special that was shockingly good. We're vegetarians so have had several selections from their pasta menu. Frankly, we'd like to have everything listed but each time we go we are intrigued but the specials which invariably include a pasta variation that begs to be tried. Last night was a wild mushroom spaghetti served in a delicate vegetable broth. We've had the spinaci, which is like a deconstructed pesto and their ravioli -- all excellent. We haven't wandered into the entrees although there is a farro rissoto we are dying to try. There's desert if you still have room. We've had the costata (rustic tart) and the bombolini which are these miniature heavenly doughnuts served with cream and berries.

Prices are not unreasonable for the caliber of the food. Salads/antipasti are in the $5-9 range, pizzas around $15 and entrees $10-20.

If you are traveling through Vermont on route 91 it is a short diversion between exists 5 and 6. well worth the few extra miles.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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