Thursday, May 21, 2009

Stuff to Eat in the Suburbs: Wellesley—Tutto Italiano

This Bostonist was first introduced to Tutto Italiano while working across the street in Wellesley several years ago. The big red sign above the door was intriguing and the hype from coworkers even more so. As suckers for a good sandwich, we wandered over one afternoon to give them a try. The atmosphere of this little piece of Italy in America is very casual. Tutto’s wares are displayed simply; letting the quality and variety of products speak for themselves. The focal point of the shop is the enormous meat counter that stretches along one entire wall of the shop. Behind this counter is where the magic really happens.

Tutto Italiano has a fairly simple menu, with some standard sandwiches listed on a chalkboard to the left of the counter. Tutto Italiano encourages people to mix and match their delicious imported meats and cheeses to create new and wonderful taste combinations; but in the capable hands of Tutto’s staff even staple sandwiches have never tasted so good. All of the sandwiches are made with either sliced Panella bread or a crusty Italian sub roll; both of which are fresh baked and exclusive to Tutto Italiano. The Panino sandwich takes mouthwatering pats of fresh mozzarella and combines them with juicy tomato slices and whole basil leaves. The Panino de Parma takes this classic sandwich one step further by adding the freshest and most tender Prosciutto de Parma this Bostonist has ever tasted. Though we’ve never tasted their tuna personally, others tout it as heavenly.

In addition to amazing sandwiches, the deli counter also sells Italian delicacies such as Banana Peppers stuffed with Provolone & Prosciutto; Grilled Marinated Artichoke; Stuffed Olives (Gorgonzola, feta, provolone, garlic); Sun-dried Tomatoes; and Grilled Marinated Eggplant. You can even purchase slices of any of their delectable Italian meats and cheeses to take home and enjoy.

In addition to their mouthwatering sandwiches and deli counter options, Tutto Italiano also offers a wide selection of gourmet Italian foods including imported olive oils, pastas, and sweets. Their frozen section features items like amazing pizza dough, stuffed shells, and some truly spectacular prepackaged gelato.

Parking in Wellesley can be difficult, so be prepared to walk. A hefty line can sometimes build up at lunch time and occasionally they run out of bread if you visit later in the afternoon. Despite these few hiccups, Tutto Italiano is definitely worth the trip. We highly recommend picking up a sandwich and enjoying it in one of the many green spots in Wellesley.

While researching this article, this Bostonist discovered that Tutto Italiano actually exists in five Massachusetts locations from the North End to Lakeville, Mass, so you can get your sandwich fix no matter where you live. If you are looking for a delicious, genuine Italian experience, Tutto Italiano is the place to go.

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