Café Zabaglione Charms Us Into a European-Style Lunch

Posted: May 17th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Café Zabaglione, Cafe, Ipswich, Italian, Sweets and Treats | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments »

We’ll admit it: it was the dessert case that drew us into Café Zabaglione. It holds a huge variety of Italian and American desserts, including some luscious looking cakes. Often, authentic Italian pastries are an indicator of high-quality, European-style food, and that is definitely the case here.

We thoroughly enjoyed our leisurely lunch last weekend, which included genuinely warm service and great tasting sandwiches. The vegetarian in our group enjoyed the Italian, which consisted of fresh mozzarella cheese and marinated vegetables on focaccia ($8.50). The ham and cheese croissant with a side salad ($6.50) was also very well received.

The large chicken caesar wrap was filled with tender breast meat and crisp lettuce, fresh and delicious ($8.95). The meatball panini was enough for two (maybe three)—hand-made meatballs with great texture, chunky sauce, and fresh bread, with delicately breaded eggplant on the side ($8.95). The escarole soup was filled with vegetables, pasta, and flavorful meatballs and accompanied by a huge slice of fresh bread ($4.95). The café is an offshoot of the well-respected Zabaglione Restaurant around the corner on Central Street, and it clearly benefits from the same attention to detail.

It was fun to peruse the many cakes, pies, and other pastries in the case, and we finally settled on the mile high chocolate cake and the chocolate mousse torte ($7.95 each). The mousse was rich but not heavy, and it was surrounded by melt-in-your-mouth chocolate meringue. Still, it was upstaged by the cake, which had five layers of moist cake, intense chocolate filling, and even richer frosting. The price for a slice may seem high, but that’s only until you see it. This is clearly a two-dessert portion, and the quality is top-notch.

Café Zabaglione
1 Market St, Ipswich
(978) 356-6484
www.zabaglioneristorante.com

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3 Comments on “Café Zabaglione Charms Us Into a European-Style Lunch”

  1. #1 Richard said at 3:22 pm on May 18th, 2011:

    Cafe Zabaglione had been one of our favorites for dinner but, alas, no longer. A couple of weeks ago we ordered dinner and as we were waiting and having a glass of wine we were informed that the Bolognese sauce that I had requested on my pasta was going to cost an additional $2 above the menu price. This is outrageous as the additional cost of meat sauce
    over a marinara sauce can’t possibly be $2 for a single serving and if they choose to raise their prices they should so mark their menu up front.

  2. #2 JR said at 8:48 am on May 19th, 2011:

    Richard, I agree, that doesn’t set a pleasant tone for the evening. We wish there were fewer stumbles like this in general at restaurants.

  3. #3 PC said at 3:57 pm on May 19th, 2011:

    Although I agree that any price changes should be printed or disclosed prior to placing an order, I think that to say that it is no longer “one of your favorites” because of it is a little excessive. The food there is fresh and fantastic! We found the Cafe through Zagat and it was one of the top rated Italian Restaurants in all of Boston (Including the North End). We will continue to support this fine establishment and understand that to maintain the same quality in this economy that to “survive” that price increases are unavoidable.


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