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Best Italian Food in the South End

Nestled behind the SOWA open market space is a wonderful Italian spot, with a picturesque patio that is perfect for summer--Cinquecento Roman Trattoria! The outdoor patio seating spans out from a converted shipping tank that now doubles as the bar!


The atmosphere is so inviting, I loved sitting under the umbrellas outside and sipping on one of their many fabulous cocktail-- I went with Negroni 500 (Gin, Campari, Carpano Antica Vermouth) and a classic Aperol Spritz.



For Antipasti, we nibbled on some Polpo e Sedano (grilled octopus), and Carcioffi alla giudia (fried artichokes). Everything was well balanced and perfectly seasoned.


But the main event was definitely the pastas. As a self identified grazer when I go out to eat, I love the option to order half portions of multiple pastas. The stand out Tagliatelle alla Bolognese, which is a dish I would travel miles just have another bite of.


Fare la scarpetta is a phrase in the Italian language that’s close to the heart of everyone who has enjoyed a delicious plate of pasta with sauce. Meaning “make the little shoe,” it refers to the small piece of bread used to mop up the last of the sauce on your plate.




I HIGHLY recommend doing this at Cinquecento, not only will you not waste a single drop of their delicious sauce and fresh bread, but each bite will transport you closer to the Tuscan countryside.


My final thoughts on Cinquecento are that the balance of knowledgeable service, inviting atmosphere and traditional yet inventive food will have me keep on coming back for more.



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