11.10.2011

Le Nonne

About
129 N 100 E - map it!
Le Nonne is a cute little house right around Center St. It's a tiny, authentic Italian restaurant that brings a little class to Logan. The chef, PierAntonio Micheli was born and raised in Tuscany off the northern coast of Italy and learned to cook from his mother and grandmother. With an impressive culinary background like that, you just have to try Le Nonne. ("leh noh-nay" - "grandmother" in Italian) If you want some helpful tips on how to pronounce basic Italian dishes, this website is pretty handy. [Basics: "ch" is our "k" ("Bruschetta" = "broo-SKETT-ah"), "cc" is our "ch" (Carpaccio = "car-PAHCH-ee-oh"), always pronounce the e's at the end of a word ("penne" = "PEN-nay"), and "co" is a long e (like "oh"), not a short e.]

Handmade Crab Ravioli - amazing.
Menu
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The menu is carries a lot of basic Italian dishes, components that are rarely found in Logan but recognizable. I had the Pollo ai Funghi, Chicken with Champignon Mushrooms in a Marsala Wine Sauce. So delicious and even better the second day. I also ordered the Bruschetta con Mozzarella but it had more of a grill/charred taste than I like and the bread was a bit soggy from the fresh tomatoes. Hubs had the Ravioli di Pollo alla Marinara, Chicken Ravioli in a Tomato Sauce which was really good, considering I'm not a big fan of tomato-based sauce. The olive tapenade they serve you is to die for and I literally ate it by the spoonful when I thought no one was watching. Caesar salad is hard to do wrong, of course and I've heard really good things about their Spinach Ravioli and their Beef Gorgonzola. I've recently had the Pollo al Limone e Capperi, Chicken with Lemon and Capers- so good. And hubs had the Ravioli di Granchio, Stuffed Crab Ravioli in a yummy cream sauce, although it wasn't very filling. The food is always cooked with care and precision and those homemade raviolis are so addicting!

Chicken with Lemon and Capers - good, but a bit too lemony. Good to order once.

Price Range - $10-$20
The price is a bit on the expensive side, averaging around $12-15 a plate, $20+ if you want to go fancy. The dishes are generous and could feed two with an appetizer if you want to split a plate for an additional $2. Although it is pricey, I would say Olive Garden is just as pricey for lesser authentic Italian cuisine. It's definitely worth a try, if not for lunch, then for special occasions. Our bill always comes to around $30 before tax/tip.


Spinach Ravioli - amazing. I could eat this again and again.
Angry Pasta - good, better the next day, huge portions.

Verdict - 4.5 stars
I love Le Nonne, and would like to try all of their offerings. Unfortunately hubs is not a big fan of Italian so I don't get to go as often as I'd like. It's definitely the closest you're going to get to authentic Italian around these parts and once you've tried it, Olive Garden just won't be the same anymore.

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2 comments:

Jennifer said...

I have to ask in case you have any connections -- do you have any access to a recipe for that glorious olive tapenade? It's my absolute favorite thing there, but I'm not from the area so I'd love to try to come close at home. Any ideas?

yuni.k said...

Hey Jennifer, I absolutely love the olive tapenade there but have yet to make it at home. I mean to, I just end up eating all the olives before I can. I'm pretty sure Le Nonne uses just black olives- the tapenade there is not as acidic as the other ones I've had with kalamata olives and capers, but I could be wrong. Try 2-3 cloves of garlic, 1-2 tbsp olive oil, pinch of salt, pepper, and a tiny squeeze of lemon juice (optional), and one regular size can of small black olives. Blend in food processor and serve with crusty bread! I'm definitely planning on replicating it, so if you want to wait until I post the recipe with exact measurements, you can follow this blog up there in the nav bar and I'll try and have the recipe up soon!