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Matteo's Ristorante Italiano

February 20, 2015 - General -

Matteo's40 North 9th Street Noblesville IN 46060 Phone: 317.774.9771 Fax: 317.774.9781

Matteo's Ristorante Italiano by Lindsey Skeen

Manifico!! This word is the perfect description for my dining experience at Matteos Ristorante. Locally owned by Matteo DiRosa and Emily Herner in Noblesiville, Indiana, this was my first time visiting Matteos and will not be my last. When I walked in to Matteos, I was greeted by Cathy a long time employee, with a smiling and welcoming attitude. She began by sitting me at a quaint table that was situated in the restaurant filled with black and white traditional Italian photos and old Hollywood stars. These pictures were all handpicked by Matteo. Emily, Matteos wife, chose the artwork above all of the black and whites. The artwork was intriguing as it was meant to be a conversational piece for the guests. Matteo stopped by my table and shared with me that he tries to use local produce and most menu items can be made gluten free for those needing that option. To start I was served fresh baked bread, soft in the middle, with an amazing crunch on the outside. The dipping oil called Laboma is olive oil infused with garlic, sundried tomatoes, capers and hint of crushed red pepper. I couldnt get enough of this zesty oil that made my mouth water for more. But as most do, I didnt want to stuff myself with bread before the salad and main course. I ordered the penne chopped salad with cucumber and tomato tossed with a Dijon Balsamic Vingairette Dressing. The cucumbers mixed with the penne was a nice twist to the chopped salad. On a cold winters day it reminded me of summer. I decided on the TORTELLINI MATTEOS which is cheese stuffed tortellini in a parmesan cream sauce with ham, mushrooms and onion. When it arrived, it looked just like it tasted, UNBELIEVABLE. The rich cream sauce mixed with the savory combination of the mushrooms, onions and ham were a perfect match. It was the best tortellini Ive tasted and it was clear the recipe was crafted for the finest palate. I was pleasantly stuffed as the portion was very generous so I had to bring part of the entrée home with me. It was no surprise that it tasted just as good warmed up as it did for lunch. If you want an authentic Italian experience I highly recommend Matteos, you wont be disappointed. The atmosphere, service and food was superbo!

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