Step in the door of Ristorante Gemelli and you will be transported overseas to an evening of fine dining seemingly in Italy. The authentic restaurant located on Moody Street’s restaurant row offers some of the best Italian food in town.
When the restaurant opened several months ago, they encountered some difficulties obtaining a liquor license but Ristorante Gemelli now has a full liquor offering. The intimate dining room here offers a closer look at the bar area and kitchen and we enjoyed sharing a quiet dinner.
It was difficult not to get too filled up on the warm rolls that our server greeted us with. We started our evening with a sampling of the baked mushrooms, which were truly delicious, overstuffed selection was just the right amount of food for a starter.
Antipasti included mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers, fried calamari, garlic bread and zucchini alla Romana. The restaurant also offered some unique salads, including a grilled honey chicken and grilled chicken asiago salad. Other traditional salads included a Greek, Caesar, and garden salad. The best deal may have been the antipasto Italiano, a sampling of mozzarella, provolone cheese, prosciutto, Genoa salami, pepperoncini, Kalamata olives, marinated mushrooms and artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, sun dried tomatoes and stuffed cherry pepper served over mixed greens with tomatoes, cucumber, green and red peppers, all for just $9.95.
If you are looking for lighter fare, there are quite a few sandwiches to choose from, including a Caprese wrap, marinated steak tips and rice wrap as well as a grilled chicken wrap. Hot and cold panini sandwiches are very popular menu fare here for the lunchtime crowd. Panini included a meatball parmesan, chicken pesto, eggplant parmigiano, and turkey. The Panino Gemelli sounded delightful, a cold panini of prosciutto di parma, mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and topped with extra virgin olive oil.
We sampled the pollo and broccoli, a deliciously creamy sauce overflowing with chicken and broccoli and the perfect hint of garlic. Pastas rule the menu here with some traditional favorites such as gnocchi, tortellini, chicken parmigiana but there were also some standouts such as the ravioli del casentino, hand made ravioli sautéed with shallots in a sage butter sauce as well as the gamberi scampi, sautéed shrimp in a lemon butter sauce served atop linguine. My husband sampled the prime Norwegian salmon, a perfectly grilled piece served atop rice pilaf and fresh vegetables, which he declared the winner of the evening.
Ristorante Gemelli also makes a large variety of specialty pizzas, including wild mushroom and asiago cheese, barbecue chicken, gorgonzola and their famous margarita.
Entrees here are very reasonably priced with most dishes around $13.99. Be sure to save room for dessert – the flute limoncello was a light frozen meringue flavored lemon ice, the perfect ending to our enjoyable evening.
560 Moody Street, Waltham, MA