If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions, then Molto (located at 1215 Post Road) is the place to go. Molto means “very” in Italian. Maybe that is why everything in there is very beautiful, very good and very trendy.
I would definitely suggest dressing up a bit, and don’t make plans for right after dinner; reservations are not allowed and waiting time can be as much as an hour.
Upon arriving you are greeted by a host who is very friendly and will either add your name to the waiting list (if you go on a Friday or Saturday night) or have you seated immediately if you go on a Sunday or weekday.
The walls are beautifully decorated with antique Italian paintings and the lighting is dim and soothing. There is upbeat lyrical music playing in the background accompanying an exotic vibe. The color scheme is red, black and white. Everything seems very modern, from the square plates to the black drinking straws.
The staff is very energetic and efficient. On a Friday or Saturday the food may take a little longer, but it’s okay because aside from the appetizer you order, they supply you with freshly baked Italian bread and olive oil with spices.
The pricing ranges from $4 to $19.50. You can choose from a variety of Italian tapas, paninis, salads, pizza, pasta, chicken, salmon and steak. There is also a fully stocked bar with a huge array of wines.
For appetizers I would definitely recommend the fried calamari, eggplant rollatini or the tuscan beans. If you opt to go there for lunch I would recommend the grilled chicken panini, which costs $12.00and consists of grilled chicken, brocolli rabe, and roasted tomatoes.
Their salads are absolutely delicious and full of flavor. So if you are in the mood for a salad I would definitely recommend the Campagna, which costs $13.50 (dinner price) and consists of mixed greens, apples, pears, walnuts, cranberries, gorgonzola and grilled chicken. The Finocchio salad, which costs $13.50 (lunch price), is also a great choice. It consists of mixed greens, grilled shrimp, crisp pancetta, roasted fennel and parmigiano reggiano. The dressing is unique and definitely a great addition.
For vegetarians (or non-vegetarians), I would strongly recommend my ultimate favorite salad, the Giardinera salad, which consists of mixed greens, grilled vegetables and fresh mozzerella for $12.50 (dinner price). I usually substitute the fresh mozzerella for grilled chicken and ask for the dressing on the side, although the times I have forgotten, the dressing is just right.
The pizza is amazing as well. I love the Margherita, which costs $10, and consists of fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. The crust is nice and crisp and everything seems to sit tightly.
If you have a sweet tooth, which I certainly do, I would encourage you to try any of their desserts for just $6. They have Italian cheesecake, tiramisu, cannolis, chocolate lava cake with gelato, tartufo, fresh berries, and flourless chocolate cake.
I should also warn you that it is typically an older crowd, so it isn’t that place where you would go to check people out (unless you are interested in moms and dads). Older couples seem to dine there and engage in the gigantic plasma television located on top of the kitchen.
So next time you are in the mood to dress up and enjoy a high-quality dinner, get ready to enter an exotic dining area and leave in hopes of returning again.