Newburyport, Massachusetts boasts some great Italian cuisine

The small coastal city of Newburyport, situated 38 miles northeast of Boston in Massachusetts, has a number of Italian restaurants and pizzerias. If you plan to visit Newburyport, here are some Italian restaurants you might like to try.

Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant, 257 Low Street

This restaurant prides itself on using traditional Italian recipes and has been operating since the mid 1990s. The food is noted for its quality and the prices are reasonable. It has been voted as the number one Italian restaurant in the greater Newburyport area on several occasions. Also known as Giuseppe’s Fresh Pasta and Fine Foods, it offers an extensive menu of soups, sandwiches and wraps, lasagnas and raviolis, pasta, salads, pasta salads, and side orders. Note that the main courses are often called entrees which, in many or most parts of the world, refer to smaller courses such as appetizers or starters.

Some of the choices include a bowl of pasta fagioli soup for $3.99 or beef stew soup at $4.99. The sandwiches and wraps, such as chicken cacciatore (olives and capers) or eggplant parmigiana, cost $5.99. Delicious pasta meals include pesto Genovese (pinenut and walnut) for $8.50, carbonara (eggs and Italian bacon) at $8.99, puttanesca (peppers, capers and olives) costing $8.99, and northeast shrimps for $12.50. Meat or vegetable lasagna costs $9.99. Or you might like to try the lobster ravioli for $13.50. Cheese raviolis or tortellinis, and ricotta or potato gnocchis, can be enjoyed in many different ways, such as marinara or pomodoro for $8.99, puttanesca for $10.50, or with chicken piccata at $12.99, or cacciatore for $11.50. Fresh and pasta salads can be ordered for $5.50.

Giuseppe’s also has a party menu and will deliver to business functions or private gatherings of six to 200 people. These banquets can include appetizers, homemade soups, various fresh, pasta or potato salads, pasta dishes, and dessert. This presents an ideal option where time is short or cooking facilities are lacking, or you just want to spend more time with guests.

You can eat in or take out. Phone order meals can be picked up in 15 minutes. Food is prepared to order. You can also buy homemade pasta by the pound and cook it at home, and sauces can be bought by the pint. The restaurant is open from 10am to 8pm on Monday to Saturday, and now sells beer and wine. It is located at Newport Plaza and parking is available at or near the front door.

Oregano Pizzeria & Ristorante, 16 Pleasant Street

Authentic Italian dishes are served at this restaurant, such as thin crust and whole wheat gourmet pizzas, pasta dishes, a range of other main meals, as well as salads and appetizers. Pizzas are cooked in a brick oven imported from Italy. Quality is good and prices are reasonable. It is noted for its family dining. Again, the main meals are often referred to as entrees.

The restaurant offers an extensive menu. Starters include grilled calamari with prosciutto for $9.50 and portabella piccatta for the same price. Salads such as classic Caesar or fatoush cost around $7 to $8. Pizzas include the Oregano, scampi, and ricotta napoletana, or you can create your own pizzas from dozens of different ingredients. Small or individual pizzas are $12 to $13, while large pizzas cost $16 to $19. Other main courses are available, such as cappellini pomodoro, linguine and clams, and potato gnocchi, for $15 to $18. For dessert, there is homemade cannoli or pizza cookie for $4.75. Wine and beer are also sold.

In addition, the Oregano has lunch-time specials of panini, or sandwiches, with various fillings plus salad for $11. The restaurant has monthly specials such as “buy one pizza and get one free” from Monday to Thursday, as long as you eat in. Hours are 11.30am to 2pm and 4.30pm to 8.30pm Monday to Wednesday, with similar hours on Thursday and Friday except for a later closing time of 9.30pm. On Saturday, it is open from 11.30am to 9.30pm, and on Sunday from 12 noon to 7pm. The restaurant is within easy walking distance of downtown Newburyport.

Joseph’s Winter Street Cafe, 24 Winter Street

Also known as Joseph’s Italian Steakhouse, this restaurant is known for its relaxed, romantic atmosphere, and its personalized service. It has a piano bar playing soft jazz from 6pm to 10pm, with a different performer at the baby grand piano each night. The restaurant features a hand-built mahogany bar and a garden area. Operating since 1986, it was once a tavern, and thought to be an old stagecoach stop back in the nineteenth century.

The menu features nightly specials as well as seasonal menus. There is a range of appetizers, salads, pastas, entrees (that is, main courses), and side dishes. You can eat in or take out. Appetizers include lobster bisque for $8, clams oreganato costing $10, oysters San Remo at $12, and many more. Classic Caesar salad is $7 while blue cheese salad is $8. Various pastas are offered from $17, such as padardelle bolognese for $19, lobster raviolis for $24, and fettucine carbonara at $18. There are some great main courses from $18, such as cioppino (a fisherman’s stew) for $27, veal piccata costing $22, and chicken marsala for $19. Fine wines are available too.

The bar menu has cheese raviolis at $8, pasta for $9, grilled chicken Parmesan sandwiches for $9, Italian sausages at $9, as well as oysters, shrimps, and clams. There is even a children’s menu with meals such as grilled chicken sandwich with fries and cheese ravioli, both for $8. The restaurant can be booked for functions, catering for groups of 10 to 70 people, with a selection of lunch menus for $25 to $35 a person and dinner menus for $50 to $60 a person. The $55 dinner menu gives a choice of six hors d’oeuvre, salad, six main courses, three desserts, and tea and coffee.

Joseph’s is open from 5pm until at least 10pm on Monday to Thursday, and usually until after 11pm on Friday and Saturday. Sunday can be booked for private functions. From September to June, it opens for lunch between 12 noon and 3pm. On Wednesday between 5pm and 8pm, you can join the Cocktail Club for wine tasting and half-priced appetizers. The restaurant is in the downtown area under a large pine tree with white lights.

When in Newburyport, if you want an Italian restaurant with good food and reasonable prices, try Giuseppe’s or the Oregano. If you are looking for a classy, intimate restaurant, go to Joseph’s.