The Boston Foodie: Ballo Restaurant

by William McAdoo

We kicked off the Sun Winefest at Mohegan Sun this past weekend with a fantastic dinner at Ballo, one of the more upscale dining venues that features classic Italian cuisine.

We settled into the lounge area with a glass of Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco Superiore, an excellent sip. The architecture and design made us feel more like we were nestled into the corner at some European Cathedral with soaring archways and comfortable leather couches rather than a restaurant.

We realized that it was going to be a night of lively conversation and great company as we joined other Boston area writers and media with our first taste. Prosciutto di Parma, Sopressata, Provolone, Parmigiano, Boschetto Ricotta Stuffed Peppadews, Roasted Tomato and Fig Jam. The rustic chunks of meat, cheeses and vegetables were the perfect start to whet our appetities.

Along with freshly-baked bread, olive oil and butter came this plate of Yellow and Candy Striped Beets with fresh Mozzarella and Pistachio Vinaigrette. Paired with a Brandini Arneis 2010, the fresh, flavorful mix was an ample and satisfying Insalate course.