Boston Veggie


Ciao Bella
October 28, 2009, 6:18 pm
Filed under: Restaurant reviews

Sometimes when you go out to eat, you want to do something a little classier than some chain restaurant. In Boston, Newbury Street provides some of the finest dining around. One restaurant I love to go to is Ciao Bella, located at 240 Newbury Street. If the name didn’t imply it already, Ciao Bella is Italian themed and has a few delicious things vegans can get. Here is what you can have at Ciao Bella in Boston!

Antipasti

Bruschetta di Pomodori
Description: Tomatoes, garlic, fresh basil tossed with extra-virgin olive oil, and fresh mozzarella, served over crostini
How to make it vegan: Just ask for no cheese and this bruschetta is deeeeelish! Aside from the cheese, it is veg all the way.

Funghi Portobello
Description: portobello mushroom sautéed, olive oil, garlic, lemon and white wine, roasted peppers, over fresh spinach
How to make it vegan: You don’t have to do a thing! It is vegan all by itself! Who knew?

Insalate

Insalata della Casa
Description: Romaine, vine-ripe tomato, cucumbers, carrots, house dressing
How to make it vegan: Nothing!

Insalata di Spinaci
Description: Fresh baby spinach with bell pepper, tomatoes, walnuts, bleu cheese, lemon juice, and extra virgin olive oil
How to make it vegan: No cheese please.

Pasta

Pasta Primavera with whole wheat penne
Description: Pepper, mushrooms, zucchini and summer squash with cream, parmigiano and pecorino romano cheese
How to make it vegan: Say you have a dairy allergy, so you can’t have cheese or cream. Substitute the creamy, artery killing sauce with a delightful marinera instead. This is what I get every time, it is oh so good.

Linguini Aglio, Olio e Olive nere
Description: Extra virgin olive oil, Italian black olives, basil, garlic, tomatoes
How to make it vegan: All you have to do is substitute the linguini for whole wheat penne. Unfortunately, the regular pasta at Ciao Bella has eggs in it. But if you’re a real Veggie like me, you want the whole wheat anyway because it is just so gosh darn good for ya! Also, just say no cheese for good measure. Though it isn’t an ingredient listed, many times Italian restaurants will throw on a splash of parmesean.

Though there aren’t scores of things to choose from, you have plenty of appetizers and entree’s available. I get the bruschetta and penne primavera and I NEVER leave hungry. Truly one of my favorite spots in Boston!

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