A Slice of “The North End” in Braintree
A Slice of “The North End” in Braintree – Viola Restaurante & Wine Bar
by Stanley Blackmur
Do you enjoy the food and ambiance of dining in the North End, but don’t want to deal with the traffic on the expressway and parking in the North End? Well ease your stress level and head over to Viola Restaurante in Braintree. This intimate dining destination at 1209 Washington Street, just outside of South Braintree Square, is the real deal for authentic Northern Italian cuisine.
At Viola Restaurante you are always greeted by a friendly staff member who makes you feel like you are coming home to enjoy a meal with family and friends. The smell of garlic wafts in the air as you take in the ambient surroundings of this quaint restaurant. Once seated, you have the opportunity to really look around the room and take in the décor that accentuates the establishment including warm, inspiring pictures of Italy. The glass dessert case catches your eyes and you marvel at the delicate delights on display. Many types of Italian pastries and desserts make you smile fondly, as you are already thinking about how you might top off your meal.
The intimate bar area to the right has a delightful selection of full-bodied and robust wines as well as a selection of various brews and beverages. To the front of the bar, the intimate seating area in the corner is adorned with high top tables and more plants and decorations. A side door exits onto an outdoor patio area with wrought iron bistro tables and a Gondola that evokes the true spirit of Old Italy nestled alongside a gently flowing stream. The patio is a perfect seasonal setting for enjoying true “North End” dining on the South Shore.
This was what Joe Viola envisioned when he was creating the idea for his latest restaurant. Joe is a lifelong Braintree resident and strong community activist dedicated to supporting the Braintree school system. Joe previously owned and operated great tastes viola restaurante & wine bar Giomatti’s and Mama Nina’s. With this latest endeavor, he brings his talents and experience as a true connoisseur of fine dining and hospitality to Viola’s.
In addition to offering an exquisite dining experience, Joe Viola’s talents expand beyond the four walls of Viola Restaurante to catering events from a small intimate dinner party at your home, to a larger family function or perhaps a special event such as a wedding, shower or graduation party.
In addition to private catering events, Viola is your top choice for corporate luncheons and functions. Please your clients and staff with the exquisite culinary delights prepared by Joe and his staff.
New this summer has been the wildly popular lunch buffet at Viola’s. Take a friend or client for this mid-day treat. I guarantee you won’t go away hungry!
Finally, check out the newly re-designed website: www.violarestaurant.com to check out the lunch, dinner and catering menus as well as upcoming events.
Treat yourself to a fine dining experience at Viola’s with Joe and his attentive staff. You can thank me later!