By: Cathryn Gagnon
“Dining Divas” – A group of women, sometimes up to 10, that consists of friends and family, who meet once a month to sample local restaurants.
This month the Divas visited a popular restaurant in the Town of Essex named “Divino Trattoria” at 58 Talbot Street. When we arrived the place was packed; one party of 18 was socializing, almost taking over the restaurant.
Our group of Divas was situated cozily at the back. Looking around I found the décor pleasant; the walls are painted with lovely murals of Italy.
Once the party of 18 received their first course the noise level subsided. The Manager was very attentive – making sure we were comfortable. Our server was fresh from Italy just learning English. He was very sweet, but maybe a bit intimidated by the 9 women in our party.
We started with crispy Italian baguette, served with herbed butter. That was accompanied by roasted a red pepper aioli and olive-balsamic dip.
Our selections included minestrone soup, caesar salad, flaky tilapia and dover sole – sautéed in lemon with capers and olives. The veal osso bucco was succulent, rich, tender and wonderful. The veal saltimbocca was equally delicious.
One Diva had the tortellini; she said it melted in her mouth. Some of us finished up with coffee and Tiramisu. Once the restaurant cleared, the owner graced us with his presence and offered us Limoncello and Sambuca – on the house. Overall, our experience was delightful and tasty. The Dining Diva’s highly recommend Divino Trattoria and rate it 8 out of 10.