We dined at Il Casale in early December, right after I completed the second day at the Snow Mall craft fair. I know, another overdue post!
We took a chance and didn’t make a reservation ahead of time. It was about 7 pm on Sunday night and we weren’t able to get a regular table, but there was plenty of seating at the bar which was fine for us because I think the Celtics were playing that night. About half an hour later the bar filled up and there was a short line at the door, so we got in at a good time.
The menu at Il Casale is nice and simple – all on one page – yet there is something for everyone to enjoy. We started out with some wine and the arancini appetizer ($6). I had a glass of the ’06 Cannonau, Sella & Mosca [Sardinia, Italy] ($9) and Tony had a glass of the ’07 Aglianico del Vulture, Grifalco [Basilicata, Italy] ($11). We both really liked our wine picks; he tends to go for darker reds where I like something in the middle, and these didn’t disappoint.
Tony had the radiotore with wild boar ragú which was made with aromatic spices, dry cherries, and ricotta salata ($23). I’m glad I talked him out of doing something like plain spaghetti bolognese (which is his usual go-to Italian dish) because how often do you see boar ragu on a menu, right?
I went with the fettuccine al limone which was served in a Meyer lemon cream sauce with lemon aquavit and cracked black pepper ($20) which was nice and light but still filling. I also ordered us a side of the funghi trifolati
(sautéed native wild mushrooms, $6) which was really good and a nice contrast to the citrusy pasta.
We were so full and part of the clean-plate-club (ha!), and did not save any room for dessert. I would definitely like to take our parents back there sometime for a nice dinner outing, especially since it’s not too far from where we live. We tried to take my in-laws there for Christmas Eve eve dinner but by the time I remembered to call for a reservation they were quite booked. Would recommend this restaurant for a romantic date, or a fun double date too. Just make sure you bring your appetite because they aren’t skimpy on the portions, and the food is satisfyingly rich.
50 Leonard Street