A South Shore Landmark
is a landmark family eatery that has remained a popular local destination for
decades, and for good reason. Restaurant veteran Joe Alletto, is on hand to
greet his guests and help them decide on what to order. Rest assured, whatever
it is you won’t be disappointed by the size of the portions or the quality.
We wet our appetites with a before dinner cocktail in their cozy cocktail lounge. We sampled a Classic Bombay Martini, a glass of Peroni Beer (below center), Grey Goose Martini and a House Special Vanilla Martini! Mmmm, What better way to set the stage for a great meal than with a great cocktail.
drinks we adjourned to the Dining Room where Papa Joe was on hand to be sure
everything was just right. Our server was informative, courteous and willing
to offer several suggestions.
We started out with an appetizer consisting of Mussels Marinara in a classic tomato, garlic, brothy sauce, which was not too spicy (below). A nice round loaf of sturdy house Italian bread warm from the oven helped sop up some of those briny juices!
Then we tried their Clams Casino consisting of the freshest littleneck clams topped with crispy bacon (below left). This dish had a nice smoky flavor with a salinity that was just right.
Another appetizer worth trying was their hand battered fried oysters that were nice and crunchy on the outside and tender and fresh on the inside (above right). They also offer a classic Shrimp Cocktail accompanied by marinara sauce (below left).
we had their House Salad of tossed mixed greens, lettuce, red cabbage, red
onions, croutons and a choice of Alletto’s own homemade dressings which were
thick & zesty (above right)!
The first main course we ordered was their succulent Lamb Shank Osso Buco that was fall off the bone tender (below left). The lamb was braised and simmered in the traditional style served over creamy Arborio rice. The shank was dripping with that rich, flavorful gravy that only meat cooked on the bone can have.
It was decided that we had to try their seafood platter which is definitely not for the light eater (above right)! This was a real hearty assortment of clams, mussels, shrimp, lobster, snow crab leg clusters and corn on the cob. It was served in a light tomato sauce, brothy and mildly spiced with a hint of wine.
The spaghetti with white clam sauce was served as a side to the seafood platter. The pasta was prepared with fresh garlic and herbs and plenty of clams to twirl up on your fork with every mouthful (below left).
of their very popular signature dishes is Twin Lobster Tails served oreganata
with potatoes and string beans (above right). The succulent tails are broiled to
crispy perfection on the outside, while tender on the inside. In addition, the
wonderfully crunchy potato wedges as well as the sautéed string beans will
leave you wanting for more.
We rounded out the meal (and our waistlines!) with an array of delicious desserts, some fresh brewed coffee and cappuccino (below right). We started with a jumbo almond encrusted, dark chocolate dipped crescent horn cookie (below left). It was crisp and crunchy on the outside and moist and chewy on the inside.
A jumbo rainbow cookie (below left) and a warmed scrumptious Apple Flan Tart topped with Vanilla Ice Cream (below right), also did not disappoint!
is a great place to enjoy a reasonably priced dinner with friends or family in a
casual, relaxed atmosphere accented with cozy nautical touches. If you’re on
the South Shore, stop in and say hi to Papa Joe, you won’t be disappointed.