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Restaurant Review: Spasso Italian Grill

Patch contributor Lauren Avellino Turton has the dish on Spasso Italian Grill.

Restaurant:  

Address:  1 W. State St., Media 19063

Rating: (out of 5 stars): ★★★1/2
Style: Sit-down dining for lunch and dinner

Food: Pasta specialties, veal, chicken, beef, seafood selections, and daily specials

Atmosphere: Nice spot for a romantic date or family outing
Parking: Street parking
Service: Friendly, attentive, efficient
Price Range: Moderate
Unique Features: Several unique rooms to choose from, as well as outdoor dining; Extensive wine selection

 

Since it’s has become a hot spot
for diners along State Street. Overall, the dishes include traditional Italian
favorites, the service is solid, and the atmosphere is pleasant.

Our server greeted us with a friendly smile, as he thoroughly explained
the drink specials, as well as the dinner specials to mull over while reviewing the menu. The nightly cocktail feature was a Midori melon ball ($8), which was a refreshing choice for a hot summer day.

For starters, we sampled a few salads and an appetizer. I selected the
Caprese salad ($8.50) which was a combination of thickly sliced, red ripe
tomatoes layered with creamy mozzarella cheese, sprinkled with fresh basil, and drizzled with olive oil. The arugula salad ($8) was crisp and fresh, and was dressed with tangy vinaigrette with a hint of lemon. The special appetizer featured sweet figs stuffed with gorgonzola cheese, set on a bed of thinly sliced Prosciutto ($12).

I ordered zuppa di pesce ($24) as my dinner entrée. Linguine in a red or
white sauce (I chose red) was chock-full of fresh seafood, including mussels, clams, shrimp, calamari, and salmon. The dish had just enough spice and garlic.

My husband chose one of the dinner specials, which was a grilled pork
chop stuffed with gorgonzola cheese and spinach ($24). The meat was tender, and the filling was simple, and rich. The chop was accompanied by grilled vegetables and homemade mashed potatoes.

In the mood for something sweet, I ordered a dessert to go. The chocolate
mousse and mascarpone cheese cake was covered in hand-whipped cream, and topped with fresh raspberries ($8.50). Surely a chocolate lover’s delight.

Overall, we had a solid experience. The food was fresh, the décor and Italian music added to the atmosphere, and our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. My only complaint is we did not receive the fresh bread and marinated vegetables upon our arrival, which was probably an oversight.

I would definitely return to Spasso.

For more information on the menu items, and their daily specials, check
out the website.

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