Beyond Boston

Restaurant, General Excellence, West
Il Casale

This converted firehouse now sports all the trappings of a rustic Italian ristorante, including thick wood tables, exposed brick, and soft lighting. And the food is just as appealing: Notable dishes include gnocchi enrobed in fontina cream sauce and walnut pesto, crisp arancini stuffed with scamorza, and Silician roast chicken doused in a tangy lemon-caper sauce. The genial servers, meanwhile, make every meal at this bustling Belmont restaurant memorable.

Il Casale | 50 Leonard St., Belmont, MA | 617-209-4942 | http://www.ilCasaleBelmont.com

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