What a Night! What a Dinner!

E-Club Dinner

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Vincent Ragucci, Dan Ventura of the Boston Herald, Mayor Carlo De- Maria’s chief of staff Kevin O’Donnell, and Carl Colson. Ventura was honored for his excellent reporting of high school sports and the Crimson Tide football program over the past 25 years.

By Josh Resnek

When you’ve been to as many Spinelli’s banquets as I have in a lifetime, it is easy to overlook how good a job the renowned caterer does every time.

This was the case at Spinelli’s last week for the E Club banquet.

Here’s the Spinelli’s deal for a time like the E Club’s.

Hot rolls and butter are served first. The rolls are just right. There is plenty of butter on the table for everyone. Then comes the homemade chicken soup, rich and delicious, although I passed on the chicken soup because I only eat my mother’s chicken soup and because her death in July, I probably will never eat chicken soup again.

When you are done with the chicken soup, now comes the pasta.

Spinelli’s sauce or gravy, whichever you prefer to call it, is delightful. Smooth, sweet, red, just the right touch of garlic and served on a plate with linguini or whatever one chooses.

Now comes the salad, a fresh, full garden salad with a fine dressing that tends to suit nearly everyone.

Wonderful. I cleaned the plate.

At this point, most people watching what they eat might well go home – but the real event hasn’t even begun.

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The wait staff, which is abundant and well trained and organized, remove all the plates from the table that have been used. Everyone is considerate and concentrating on what their task is.

Now comes the main course.

You could choose chicken or prime rib at Spinelli’s on this night.

I chose the prime rib.

Wow!

Thick, rare, tender, juicy and sweet, about 14 ounces, enough for three people in my family home these days. And there was gravy, too. Lovely in every way.

You also could order chicken. To be honest, I can’t recall the chicken dish at the E Club time but it was something like a chicken Sorrentino or a stuffed chicken breast cooked to perfection with wonderful potatoes and vegetable.

As if all of this were not enough – now comes the dessert, some type of delightful chocolate treat with ice cream inside.

The banquet at Spinelli’s highlighted once again the benefits of having your time there.

The food, the service, the elegance of the setting, well, it all added up to a first class eating experience.

Thinking of having a time, call the folks at Spinelli’s or e-mail them..

Whatever they charge – it is worth it. 781-592-6400 or info@spinellis.com

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