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View the Possemato's Italian Gourmet, Arcadia Menu

Restaurant: Possemato's Italian Gourmet, Arcadia

Where: 1212 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia

Phone: (626) 446-3171

Reservations: Not required

Cocktails: Full cocktail service

Service: Full table service

Atmosphere: Casual

Outdoor Dining: Yes

Credit Cards: MC, AMEX, Visa, Discover, Debit Cards (with Visa or MC logo only)

Kid’s Menu: No

Senior Discount: No

Hours: Open Tuesday – Sunday at 5pm

Food to Go: Yes

Catering Menu: Yes

Price Range: $5.95 - $29.95 avg. $12 - $17

Complementary hors d'oeuvres

Deep fried artichoke hearts in garlic butter at left, antipasta appetizer on right.  Note the presentation on the antipasta

Garlic bread

Minestrone

Canneloni

Chicken Marsala

The dessert tray.  That's the tiramisu at 6 o'clock, the wedge with chocolate on the outside

 

 

DOT COM DINING A Look At San Gabriel Valley Restaurants by SanGabrielValleyMenus.com

 

A few weeks back I wrote about Anthony’s Italian Deli and Posse’s Sports Bar, and mentioned that there was another restaurant at the same location called Possemato’s Italian Gourmet, and said I thought I’d do that review another time.  Well that time has come.

 

All three stores have the same owner, and so you might figure that as good as the food was at the Deli and the Sports Bar, you’re probably going to find good food at the full-service gourmet restaurant.  Well I’m here to tell you that you’re figuring right if you do that.

 

Everything at Possemato’s is a step or two above the Deli and the Sports Bar.  Instead of paper napkins and plastic utensils found at the Deli, you’ll find white table cloths, fanned napkins and silver on the table.  Instead of t-shirts and aprons on the employees at the deli counter, you’ll find crisply pressed white button downs and black slacks on the server who greets you at your table.  Instead of walls lined with refrigerators, televisions and Baldwin Ave. in an open, airy dining area, as found in the Deli and Posse’s, Possemato’s intimate dining room has walls that are adorned with beveled mirrors or paintings of Italian garden scenes.  The one constant is delicious food.

 

Katie and I stopped by Possemato’s, sans child, who was performing with his school's honor chorus at a private institution dinner, and decided to enjoy an appetizer prior to having dinner.  As soon as we sat down, we were greeted with a complementary dish filled with fresh cut carrots, celery, green onions, and lots of olives.  We ordered the “Carciofino Fritti,”  which consists of deep fried artichoke hearts in a garlic butter sauce.  We also got an Antipasta Appetizer, which had salami, buffalo mozzarella, cucumbers, olives and sweet roasted bell peppers with an Italian dressing on the side.  Both appetizers were quite good.  The artichoke hearts had a delicious breading on them, there was plenty of them, and the garlic butter sauce was excellent.  We kept the sauce around and dipped our garlic bread in it later, too and that was quite good.  The buffalo mozzarella was so fresh, it was like melt in your mouth cheese, and worked well with the other ingredients.  The Italian dressing topped it off just perfectly.  Katie wants to go back and order just the Artichoke Hearts and the Blue Cheese Wedge that we had in Posse’s, she said those two appetizers together will satisfy her as a meal.

 

I ordered the “Petto Di Pollo Alla Marsala,” aka Chicken Marsala.  It came with Minestrone soup and Penne Pasta on the side.  Katie ordered the Canneloni, meat filled crepes with a creamy tomato sauce.

 

Our waitress, Julie, was prompt, and attended to our every need, including offering freshly ground (tableside) parmesan cheese and fresh ground pepper for our appetizers and our entrees.    The minestrone was a brothy soup, with garbonzo and kidney beans, potato, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, even some noodles.  And not too much tomato, so that alone was a plus for me.  It was quite good.  My Chicken Marsala, a boneless breast of chicken served with a mushroom and marsala wine sauce, was also served with steamed vegetables.  Everything was served piping hot, which I seem to be appreciating more and more as I get older.  The marsala sauce was excellent, the mushrooms were delicious, and the chicken breast ample in size, and cooked just right.  Katie enjoyed her Canneloni, the crepe was light and fluffy, everything had a good flavor, and even though it was a meat-filled canneloni, it was still very light.

 

There were a variety of specials, including salmon and swordfish, pepper crusted pork chops and pepper crusted NY steak, seafood ravioli with a lobster sauce, a bacon wrapped filet, and others.  Possemato’s regular menu includes several veal dishes, medallions of beef, rack of lamb, half a dozen stuffed pastas and numerous pastas.  It can be found at www.sangabrielvalleymenus.com/possematos.

 

One nice thing is that many of the dishes from Possemato’s are also available in the Sports Bar, so you can go into Posse’s and catch the World Series, or Monday Night Football, while enjoying a nice NY steak, which to my mind beats the heck out of peanuts or buffalo wings .  Not many sports bars offer that kind of delicious fare.

 

Julie (our waitress) recommended the Tiramisu for dessert, noting that it was not the same Tiramisu that is served in the Deli.  She even went so far as to say that it was the best Tiramisu that she’d ever had, and considering that she lived in Italy for some time, that’s saying something.  We tried it, and it was a perfect finish to our meal, light and airy, sweet and not overpowering.

 

One other thing I noticed was that while the service was good and the food delicious, there was a lot of time and effort put into the presentation.  The antipasta appetizer in particular, but everything that came out of the kitchen was presented nicely.  We had noticed the same thing about the blue cheese wedge at Posse’s, this kitchen takes the time to put out a nice looking dish, as well as nice tasting.

 

Everything we tried was excellent, the service very good, and I give it a hearty recommendation.  When you stop by, be sure and let them know you read about them in Dot Com Dining.

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