South End newcomer Cinquecento has been up and running at 500 Harrison for about about six weeks now. If the lively Thursday crowd was any indication, the South End is making fast friends with its new neighbor. The interior was completely transformed into a dimly-lit Roman trattoria clad in brick, vintage art and dark accents. The main bar is upstairs now changing the whole dynamic of the old Rocca space.
The Italian menu offers many classics that are done up a little fancier than their old world counterpart. You won't find any North End size potions here, Cinquecento shows a little more refinement. My first impression left me feeling like it's going to be a popular place for drinks and a quick bite. Especially because wine can be ordered by the glass, half, carafe and carafe so you don't have to commit to a full bottle of wine. There are also a ton of non-pasta options on the menu, so keeping it light is not nearly as difficult as it is at most Italian restaurants.
Here is some of what you can expect from Cinquecento.
Braised Veal Breast, Tuna Aioli & Tiny Croutons
- Peppered Apricot, White Truffle Honey
Highlights of the experience were the wine options, Parmigiano dessert and the bolognese. A half carafe is the perfect way for a party of two to try more than one wine. Low lights were the chocolate dessert which was a little too rich for my tastes, and the veal appetizer.
Has anyone tried any other dishes?
500 Harrison Ave.
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Michelle Zippelli is a Boston based hedonist who is committed to finding the best food that Boston has to offer. She has lived in Boston for 6 years and works in online marketing. Michelle loves meatballs, live music, exotic cheeses, Mexican food, spur of the moment dance parties, and all things pickled.
Jacki Morisi is a self-proclaimed bon vivant extraordinaire. A Boston native whose waking hours are exclusively focused on travel, music, food, and fare ... emphasis on food and fare. She's a firm believer that just because you're living on a young professional's budget doesn't mean you have to sacrifice taste, and carries this mantra into each and every dining endeavor.