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“Best restaurant in newburyport”
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!
Reviewed February 1, 2013 via mobile

Really is the best, great atmosphere, drinks, food. Can't go wrong. A bit pricey but you get what you pay for. I think the food is better than Ceia in Newburyport. Really the only good restaurants in newburyport are Enzo, Loretta's, Black Cow and perhaps Oregeno's.

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1  Thank RobinWyman75
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

As a residents of Cape Ann, Newburyport is generally not our first choice
for dining...not because it lacks an array of fine restaurants, but because
it takes the same time to get to Boston where the restaurant scene is truly
exciting. However, after having read recent reviews, friends and I decided
not to be so parochial. Several weeks ago, I sampled Ceia with another
friend (maybe because my review seemed to be ghost written by a clever
insider or because I broke a secret rule, tripadvisor has not yet published
the five-star review). Last night was Enzo's turn. Being buoyed by its
rating as #2 in N'port our group arrived with empty stomachs, dry tongues,
and lots of optimism.

Our hopes were soon dashed. Being a bit early for our reservation, we heeded
the manager/maitre d's suggestion and went to the bar at the end of the
comfortable, N'port style dining room (high ceiling with exposed wood-plank
sub-floor above, large windows and airy space). We stood in front of two
empty bar stools and watched the bar tender, without eye contact, for about
ten minutes. After patience ran thin, we noticed our table was ready and
asked a waitress if we could seat ourselves. At the table, still without
drinks, we were poured water from a pitcher without a chance to ask for
sparkling (odd for an Italian restaurant!). After nursing our waters, we
were able to catch the attention of a waitress (not ours) and asked if we
could order drinks. She retrieved our waitress (who had now, apparently,
marked us as grousers) and that began our own downhill slide. When my
Negroni finally arrived it seemed like Enzo's was long on Compari and short
on gin!

Appetizers were bruschetta with a curious topping and potobello mushrooms on
polenta. The former was original, properly crunchy and flavorful. The latter
was bland and unmemorable (would have been much better if the hot
cereal-style polenta had been grilled).

I often remark that grilled chicken and Bolognese are each good litmus paper
for restaurants. When I saw the Bolognese on the menu (with an enticing
description), my mind was made up. Unfortunately, when our waitress
eventually returned to take our order, my request was met with "The last
order was just served. I should have told you half an hour ago that we had
one order left.". So much for the litmus test! Two of us opted for the
lasagna with sausage and one sampled the hangar steak (she was the winner).
A recent tripadvisor reviewer had raved about the lasagna. I wouldn't.
Although flavorful and fully-consumed by me, it was so soupy that it was
served in a bowl.

Fortunately we found a perfectly blended Tuscan red on the well-rounded and
well-priced wine list which brought smiles to our faces.

Ultimately, the desserts were the big hits and left us on a higher note.

However, for me, Boston is a lot closer than Enzo!

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3  Thank AnnisquamAdventurer
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

We went back to Enzo after enjoying it a lot last year. Lots the same and a few new touches. We had the freeform lasagna again and I hope they never take it off the menu. Home made noodles, ricotta, absolutely perfect sauce and some hot Italian sausage. We also had a lobster stew special that was great and a steamed clam app that was also extremely well done. Service was great. A new blackboard at the front of the restaurant says "Where your dinner comes from" and has details on the locally sourced ingredients. Nice touch. The cocktail list is very imaginative and worth a visit even if you don't have dinner. But have dinner ;-).

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4  Thank John R
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Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

Incredibly prepared meals every time. Have been twice in two two weeks!!! Chef Mary is a true talent. Wait staff are extremely friendly, Dave's wine selections are perfect pairings. A must experience restaurant!!

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1  Thank CTKristina
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

There have been a number of restaurants in this location over the years but none of them ever lasted. Most were just average to below average offerings and in this town, that just doesn't work.

Enzos is unique in that they source almost every ingredient from local farms. Combine that with some amazing culinary talents, an ever changing menu, great ambiance and location and you have a winner.

Not inexpensive though not terribly pricey, their portions are a bit on the small side as well. The flavors however, are outstanding.

Enzos also offers some extremely creative drinks from their bar. Overall, we love it.

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1  Thank CarolandAlan
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