Friday, March 1, 2002
Ipswich, MA 01938
Zabaglione -- the name conjures up thoughts of exotic and delicious desserts, but at this small North Shore place in Ipswich center, there are not only fantastic desserts, but also impressive meals to go with them. Of course you could go to the Zabaglione Café around the corner and just opt for dessert, but so far we have not. There are specialty appetizers, new each night and I can recommend the two that we have had: stuffed artichoke, a towering concoction of sheer bliss, and mushrooms stuffed with spinach and cheese and standing four inches high, beautiful to see and even better to eat. The first time we went to Zabaglione I thought we were just going for a scenic drive to the North Shore on December 1, until my husband Alex suggested we stop at this little place. The waitress asked if we had a reservation. I said "no" and Alex said "yes." Apparently our random excursion was not so random after all. He had called earlier in the day.
On this occasion we shared the Assortimento ($8.95), the house antipasto and, since this varies daily, I can only say we enjoyed it very much. Under the heading Insalata, we have had the Insalata Mista, baby mixed greens tossed in a mustard shallot dressing with tomatoes and shaved cucumber, and the Alla Caprese, sliced fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and olive oil and fresh basil ($7.50). Again both were quite good.
Our first-time main courses were Osso Bucco (veal) and Fusilli all'Arrabbiata. The Osso Bucco was a special, one of Alex's favorites, and lived up to his high expectations. The fusilli was served with a spicy tomato sauce with hot Italian sausages, mushrooms and peas ($18.95). We shared a fabulous dessert, a chocolate swan ($9.95)! This was a beautiful, rich, molded chocolate swan filled with chocolate mousse and topped with real whipped cream. There were enough calories in this to fill a week's worth of dessert, but sometimes the joy is worth it.
On our second visit we had the Pollo Orvieto and Double Cut Pork Chop, both $18.95 and Zabaglione, their signature dessert we skipped the appetizer to share this and it certainly was as impressive and delicious as the swan.
On our third visit we had stuffed artichoke, a special antipasto, and it was a very vertical presentation. The stuffing was different from just breadcrumbs and included summer squash, zucchini, onions, mushrooms and olives. It tasted as good as it looked and that was quite spectacular. Needless to say, we did not have dessert that evening. For our entrees this time Alex had the fusilli and I had the Zabaglione veal, a special. We had a Rocca delle Macie Chianti classico at $25 to accompany this dinner.
I definitely recommend Zabaglione Ristorante and, since the seating is limited, make certain you have a reservation.
© 2002 The Carlisle Mosquito