We went to Vespa for dinner after having driven by its unassuming exterior many times. The restaurant is small, like many other Franklin Street eateries, and has a retro style decor. There are huge movie posters on the walls. Tables are lined in a single row and despite their proximity there is an intimate air about the place.
The menu has all the usual northern Italian dishes, some with a creative twist. My wife and I shared the 'eggplant caviar' for an appetizer. The 'caviar' part consisted of roasted mashed eggplant with a dash of salt, pepper and olive oil. This was complimented with dollops of black olive tapenade and toast points.
For the main course, my wife had a baked pasta and cheese entree and I had the mushroom risotto. Both were very well done, large sized (for us), and served piping hot. Neither of us was able to finish all our food and had no room for dessert. A glass each of the robust house chianti topped off a satisfying meal.
The service was pleasant though short-staffed which may just have been because it was a Wednesday evening though all the tables were occupied.
We will definitely return.
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