Where to go: The Italian House on Park
Address: 219 Park St., Westfield
What to get: Fried ravioli
Anna’s take: Stepping into The Italian House on Park is like stepping into a restaurant in Tuscany. I’ve never been to Italy, but I imagine The Italian House on Park is what it would be like. Wooden shutters and soft red stucco walls create an enchanting, romantic atmosphere.
I sampled several items, one of which is the restaurant’s most popular: Fried ravioli for $9. The dish is hand-rolled pasta with pockets of ricotta, Parmesan and mozzarella cheese. The ravioli is dusted with chives and a Parmesan breading. The dish is served with a side of vodka sauce made in-house.
I also sampled the Caesar salad, a great choice for only $6. Romaine wedges are adorned fresh-grated Parmesan, sliced onions, house-made croutons and a Caesar dressing, all served on a chilled plate.
My main course was lasagna ($16), a giant brick layered with beef, pork, sheets of pasta and cheese. It was soaked in red sauce (white sauce also is available) and was delightful and filling.
For dessert, try the tiramisu ($7), a portion as generous as the lasagna and just as delicious.
With its soft lighting and beautiful interior, The Italian House on Park would be ideal for a Valentine’s Day dinner. Make reservations now before it’s too late.
A fun fact: The Italian House on Park used to be a single-family home, and each family who has lived in the house has dined at the restaurant.
Suggested pairings: To pair with the fried ravioli, order a bottle of the Banfi la Pettegola Vermentino ($36). Pair a bottle of Santa Cristina Pinot Grigio ($33) with the Caesar salad, a bottle of the Carpineto Chianti ($52) with the lasagna and a glass of Cooper & Thief Red Wine Blend for dessert ($10).