I had heard nice things about Evviva, so was excited to try it for lunch. First, the good news: the space is open, the area nicely done. You forget you're in a strip mall. And the bar looks good, with an interesting draft beer selection.
But the food disappoints.
The antipasto was below average. With the exception of the pesto (which was excellent), none of the individual components was particularly flavorful. The prosciutto was bland and sliced very thickly. The bean salad was blah, the potato salad (a strange part of an antipasto, but why not give it a try?) had little flavor, the salami nuggets were bland. The smoked cheese nuggets were ok. But at $13, I expect something very good, and this wasn't.
By comparison, Filho's Cucina, just up the street in Groton, has an astoundingly good antipasto with ingredients of exceptional quality, for $2 less and with much more generous portions.
I was hoping to be astounded by the pizza, given the billing it gets on the menu, and the choice of two distinct crust types. I chose the margherita with the traditional crust. The crust was ok, but not especially flavorful; it seemed a bit too underdone to develop its flavor. The sauce was bland (how disappointing!), and unevenly distributed, so that half the pizza seemed to have almost no sauce, and the other half dripped when eaten. The cheese was a combination of buffala mozzarella, which was ok, and parmesan, which my wife thought was garlic powder. All in all, not worth the calories or the money. Bottom line: Bertucci's chain pizza is much, much better.
FYI, the lunch menu is essentially apps, pizza, and sandwiches; few of the main courses are available before 4:00pm.
This is such a shame. We could use a good modern Italian restaurant here. But Evviva isn't it.
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