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“Best food North of Boston”
Review of Enzo Restaurant & Bar - CLOSED

Enzo Restaurant & Bar
Cuisines: Italian
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Description: At Enzo Restaurant & Bar, our food is inspired by the rustic dishes found in the trattorias of Northern Italy. We use that inspiration to create seasonal menus that combine the best local ingredients and traditional New England recipes with those Italian flavors. At our bar, you’ll find a tempting offering of house cocktails and marvelous wines by the glass, but more importantly, you’ll find a warm welcome and great conversation!
Boston, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Best food North of Boston”
Reviewed December 14, 2011

Excellent and sophisticated food for this new restaurant. Service also excellent.

The location in a strip mall was a little surprising.

  • Visited December 2011
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Thank DanJ67
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English first
West Boxford, Massachusetts
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Simple food, beautifully cooked and presented.”
Reviewed November 15, 2011

A relatively new restaurant in an old, charming location. Great interior, easy parking, excellent service. Best of all, they try to serve mostly local foods, telling you where they came from. Menu not too big. Drinks - delicious. On Sunday's they do a prix fixe all from local farms.

  • Visited November 2011
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3 Thank mymol
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Newburyport, Massachusetts
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Enzo's is not traditional northern Italian - its better.”
Reviewed October 29, 2011

Background: my wife and I just got back from 2 weeks in Tuscany with a few days in Rome. The time in Rome was to visit my wife's cousins, who own a restaurant in Rome ( Paris in Trastevere for a strictly family plug).
Enzo's > To start: The drinks were inventive - I had a cranberry old fashioned - very good drink, given how most bartenders mess up an old fashioned.
The food: the standard bread before dinner was focaccia. One focaccia bread was done in olive and the other in tomato, served with olive oil. The bread was not hot, which was the only issue of the evening. Given how much olive oil is in focaccia, it should be hot. Starters: The fried olives were a pleasant surprise, as were the perfectly balanced flavors in the cauliflower soup. The soup>> whoever thought up pistachio nuts with cauliflower...well ...hats off to the chef.
Main courses: The linguini with fungi and panchetta was superb. The pasta was a bit thin (not linguini) but very good in any case. The lobster with gnocchi was delightful. The gnocchi were refried and the lobster generous.
Having eaten in restaurants across Tuscany and Northern Italy, these dishes are not traditional northern Italian or even Roman. They are a bit more complex than you find in Italy (no knock on the cousins restaurant).
Endings: The maple pudding for desert was also very nicely done. Maple is very easy to overdo - which this desert avoided. The expresso was generous as was the cappacino.
Service: was simply perfect, and we walked in with no reservations, but we came early. Place was full at 7PM so I would call ahead.
Final Assessment: Short of downtown Boston or Rome, try Enzo's

  • Visited October 2011
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3 Thank Connie F
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Boston, MA
Level 5 Contributor
88 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Careful what you order...”
Reviewed September 12, 2011

My rating is more accurately a 3.5 because it depends so much on what you order here. There's lots of buzz around this relatively new restaurant, located in a spot in the Tannery where many predecessors have failed. The space is attractive, with a decent bar at the far end, and zinc-wrapped tables beneath exposed beams. Many of the cocktails are very good.

But the real "schtick" here is the extensive use of locally grown ingredients, from the pork to the greens to the Vermont cheese. A recent Saturday night found it quite full. With 4 of us dining, we had different reactions to the variety of dishes we ordered. The brick chicken had a great sauce though the chicken itself was nothing special. The cod was deemed good by one diner and mediocre by another. The lasagna was a hit. I had the "linguine" (actually tagliatelle) with hen-of-the-woods mushrooms. I had to send it back because it was absolutely dominated by salt and pepper. They offered to add more cream to the sauce to dilute it, which worked, kinda. It's too bad because the sauce would have been delicious without the over seasoning. The pasta itself, homemade as all the pasta is here, had a good flavor but the wrong texture - it completely fell apart on the fork. The calamari appetizer was acceptable. The deviled eggs appetizer filled with bluefish pate was a good idea, but it tasted too much as if it had been living in the fridge too long.

The main courses are all served in bowls, which seems odd for things like chicken or fish. There are some 'cute' garnishes that appear such as amaranth microgreens, and some tiny little flower that I didn't identify.

Enzo bills itself as Northern Italian. I have spent considerable time eating my way across Northern Italy, and I can tell you, the food at Enzo is not even close to what you find there. But then, sigh, that is almost universally true in the US (although see my review of a hidden gem in Paso Robles, CA). I just wish Enzo would try a little harder and prepare the dishes with more care. Localvoring is fine, but bottom line, all the food needs to taste good! Especially since it isn't cheap - entrees in the twenties up to $29.

  • Visited September 2011
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1 Thank trufflecat
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Level 5 Contributor
86 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Enjoyable visit to Enzo; beautiful place and great food.”
Reviewed July 27, 2011

We really enjoyed a recent visit to Enzo. The restaurant is very attractive, with a nice, warm feel, especially at night.
The menu could use a bit more variation, but what we had was very good. The fried olives (with panko and lemon zest) were very flavorful and a surprise. The calamari was local and tender, with nice breading. Fennel and lemon slices were given the same treatment.
The deconstructed lasagna (I forget what they actually called it) was phenomenal. The homemade pasta in the dish was very thin and melts in your mouth. The sauce was absolutely perfect, as was the italian sausage, which was optional, but well worth it. The homemade ricotta on top was a nice touch too. Risotto with seared scallops were also great.
Looking forward to another visit to check out more menu items.
Nice drink list and wine list as well, though only Italian wines.

  • Visited July 2011
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2 Thank johnrly
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