Pollo alla Parmigiana from  from Mare E Monti Trattoria on Wall Street in Worcester, MA

Haven eaten at Mare E Monti Trattoria once before, I was excited to return with our Foodies group to see if my second experience would be as good as my first experience.

We were greeted by one of the owners and seated immediately in the large, open dining room. For anyone who remembers the Caffe Espresso Trattoria, previously located at this address, you won’t recognize what they have done inside. First off, the atmosphere is very inviting with a casual, relaxed yet upscale feel and the high ceilings, elegant wall decor and distressed wooden floors add to the ambience.

My “go to” meal is chicken parmesan, having ordered it all over Worcester I was anxious to try the Pollo alla Parmigiana at Mare E Monti Trattoria. I also ordered a side of meatballs. Not the most adventurous choices I admit, but I challenge the chef by asking it to be prepared extra crispy, no sauce on the chicken, pasta al dente and add some spice to the sauce. When my meal was served it met every expectation…two large chicken breasts were pan fried with fresh herb breadcrumbs, crispy on the outside while moist and tender on the inside and served over penne pasta al dente. My side order of meatballs was outstanding, two large, moist and flavorful meatballs served in a rich sauce that finished with a spicy kick. The meatballs seemed to be a mixture of beef, pork, cheese and spices and were a great side dish which I shared with my dining partner.

The evening was combination of delightful food, sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere and great service making Mare E Monti Trattoria an outstanding choice!