Quality and Price Make Petrillo’s a Standout

Posted: October 23rd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Italian, Peabody, Petrillo's Italian Kitchen | Tags: , , | 5 Comments »

Many Italian restaurants tend to be reasonably priced, but we found Petrillo’s a particularly good value when we visited last weekend. No wonder the place was packed on a Sunday night.

With all tables full and no reservation, we ended up at the bar, which is located upstairs. The bar wasn’t particularly busy, so we received terrific service, but all of the tables nearby seemed to be similarly well attended.

We started with a delicious glass of sauvignon blanc ($8), a large Kettle One martini (a deal at $8), and the eggplant rollatini ($9). With very thin slices of perfectly cooked eggplant an just-slightly-sweet ricotta filling, the rollatini was one of the best renditions we’ve had, and it was easily enough for two.

Our entrees were equally satisfying. The chicken parmesan was crisp, moist, delicious, and accompanied by al dente pasta ($15). We took half of it home. We couldn’t finish the scallops positano, either: a large serving of toothsome risotto, four giant scallops, and just the right amount of fresh-cooked spinach to cut the richness of the other ingredients ($23).

We were too full for dessert or coffee, but we did share a glass of the house chianti, which had good flavor, especially for $7 a glass. We definitely recommend giving this Peabody gem a try—and a reservation is probably a good idea.

Petrillo’s Italian Kitchen
6 Foster Street, Peabody
(978) 977-5330
www.petrillosrestaurant.com

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5 Comments on “Quality and Price Make Petrillo’s a Standout”

  1. #1 Geoff said at 1:09 pm on October 23rd, 2010:

    Interestingly, their takeout menu is completely different from the dine in menu.

    The chicken caprese on the takeout is fantastic. Sauté chicken, fresh mozz, tomatoes in light marinara, with pasta for 8.99. Would easily be 15.99 dine in.

  2. #2 Paul said at 9:48 pm on October 23rd, 2010:

    Best sandwiches around, made to order for takeout.

  3. #3 Lauren said at 8:43 am on October 25th, 2010:

    enjoyed Petrillo’s as well, lunch menu has a great selection too.

  4. #4 JR said at 4:59 pm on October 25th, 2010:

    Yes, I noticed that they have a separate entrance for take-out, so I guessed it’s a significant part of their business. Geoff, that chicken caprese sounds great. Might have to start going home from work by way of Peabody Square!

    Oh, and I obviously forgot to mention we had a caesar salad. It was very fresh and good, just eclipsed by that dreamy eggplant.

  5. #5 Gordon said at 11:13 am on November 1st, 2010:

    Hands down one of the best restaurants north of Boston, my wife and I have been fans for several years.

    The takeout menu offers tremendous value, you can get the same entrees as dine-in for about 60% of the price.


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