Worcester’s Canal District is the hot area now for up and coming restaurants. Finding oneself there on a Sunday afternoon leaves numerous choices of where to eat. Unfortunately, our first choice did not do lunch on the day of rest.
Walking around, we settled on the not promising looking Ziti’s Italian Trattoria. Ziti's is a medium sized tubular pasta that is okay, but as something to build a restaurant around? The sign seemed a bit garish and the windows did not seem to allow a view of the interior. Tired of hunting, what the heck.
Fortunately, it turned out to be a good choice. After all no restaurant could be all Ziti all the time. A friendly waitress seated us by the large windows. Granted the Canal District was an old factory area and the view of the urban architecture is not grandly beautiful, but the sunny day made the interior feel pleasant.
The server brought us a basket of bread and dipping sauce. We didn’t inquire if it was made there, but the bread was fresh and warm. The dipping sauce was excellent.
Rejoicing in that one does not have to only order ziti, I ordered the Tortellini Alfredo. Now alfredo dishes are a kind of Italian mac ‘n cheese. I was prepared for mediocrity. Fortunately, I was wrong. The pasta, with the cheese inside was perfect. The alfredo sauce was rich. Best of all, the accompanying broccoli was tasty and correctly made without being undercooked or limp.
My companion’s chicken, lemon and butter was equally as flavorful. The lemony sauce blending well with the well-prepared chicken and the linguini served with it.
Our waitress came back to the two clean plate club diners and knew that we would probably not be requiring desert. Being pleasantly sated, we declined. On the next excursion, we envision desert and coffee, as it is unfair not to try after such fine entrées.
Ziti’s Italian Trattoria is located at 192 Harding Street in Worcester. They have another location in Westborough. The website is here.