Massachusetts: Grazie: Spinach Ricotta Pillows

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We return to Grazie for our pasta Entree; Spinach Ricotta Pillows. For those wondering, the “Pillow” is Grazie’s take on ravioli, and what a unique and delicious take it is.

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This work of culinary art is comprised of Grazie’s “housemade ravioli, spinach, fresh ricotta in a mascarpone cream sauce”; it is unlike any ravioli i have ever tasted, as the pasta itself was thicker than usual, almost tortellini-esque. Interestingly the tortellini thickness of the pasta, while a technique I had never heard or thought of before, was a great addition to the dish. In the clash and melding of two distinct pastas, we the consumer are the winner.

The inside of the pillows was filled with a light and fluffy combination of ricotta and spinach, which was joined well with the thickness of the pasta; the creamy mascarpone sauce was the perfect dressing for each pillow.

On top of the pillows was a combination of spinach and chopped cooked tomatoes; the vegetables were a nice colorful addition to the dish, with the tomatoes providing a slight acidity to the meal.

As I mentioned in the Dueling Meatball review, Grazie is a must attend for anyone who is in the Massachusetts/New Hampshire area; everything I have had there (these two reviews plus a couple samples from other dishes) has been delicious, and the service and scenery is great.

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Massachusetts: Grazie: Dueling Meatballs

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Grazie is a wonderful Italian restaurant located in Four Oaks Country Club in Dracut Mass.; the food here is really good which is why this is the first of two reviews to come out of this location. This review is of the Dueling Meatballs, an appetizer that simply put, could be a main course if so desired.

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The size of these meatballs is astounding, as both of them are roughly the size of a fist; they are so big that I was comfortable stopping after only one as I wanted to save room for my main course.

Resting in a bath of delicious sauce, these boulders of meat are unlike any I have ever had; the meat itself was thick, smooth, and moist, differing from the ground beef taste and consistency you usually get with a dish like this. The melted mozzarella cheese was delicious, and the generous dollop of ricotta on top was cold, smooth, and flavorful.

The combination of the sauce, meat, and two cheeses were such a welcome break from the norm, and will make you want meatballs like this every single time you see them on a menu.

If you are in Massachusetts, go to Grazie and order the Dueling Meatballs, you can’t go wrong if you do.

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