Food & Drink

il Casale

Published On 04/29/2009 Published On 04/29/2009
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1. il Casale 50 Leonard St, Belmont, MA 02478

Chef Dante de Magistris' Il Casale revels in tradition, both of Italian cuisine and Belmont history. An 1899 firehouse, complete with the original fire pole and brick walls, serves as the backdrop for a buzzy dining room where most of the dishes are inspired by Magistris' grandmother's recipes, like the polpette meatballs that literally melt in your mouth when they meet your tongue. Other standouts include a cloud-like burrata that gets a crunchy juxtaposition from almonds and pistachios, and butternut squash ravioli whose a slightly sweet taste comes from a combination of brown butter, sage, and amaretti cookies.