A Hidden Gem Dario’s Restorante River St. Fitchburg

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A Hidden Gem Dario's Restorante River St. Fitchburg

Sat­ur­day after doing Con­ser­v­a­tively Speak­ing on WCRN AM 830 and a home show with DaW­ife we stopped by Dario’s Restorante on River Street Fitch­burg a new restau­rant that occu­pies the spot the French Marceau Diner & Vari­ety did for decades.

KODAK Digital Still CameraYears ago this was an area of fac­to­ries where the French & Greeks from the neigh­bor­hood worked with the Ital­ians who came from the other end of town.

Today it’s a much tougher neigh­bor­hood than when loca­tion at the Cor­ner of River Street & Shel­don street was an inter­sec­tion point for Greek­town, Cleghorn (the French Cana­dian Sec­tion) and Main Street. Most peo­ple who come to the street do so for the DQ ice cream stand less than a block away or to visit one of the half-​dozen used car deal­ers in tKODAK Digital Still Camerahe small area.

But when you walk inside you will find an oasis amid an area past its prime. You will find two rooms a back area next to the park­ing with a mix of tables and wooden booths with a counter sta­tion and a Front area with a mix­ture of booth and a front area with a series of old-​fashioned diner stools fac­ing a clas­sic soda dis­penser and bar.

Now ambiance is always nice but when it comes down to it what mat­ters is the food. The menu is not large but with more than enough vari­ety to sat­isfy the hun­gry diner.

We started with an appe­tizer called Gar­lic Twists

The twists were deli­cious but just as good if not bet­ter were the greens that a per­son might mis­take as a gar­nish but that came sprin­kled with cheese and an oil/​butter. It was almost a mini side salad that really com­pli­mented the twists & Mari­nara dip.

As it was lunchtime and my wife would be work­ing in a few hours she decided to go with the steak sub.

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While I want­ing to try from the din­ner menu ordered the clas­sic chicken parmigiana.

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Now while the still images wets the appetite I think the video con­veys things even better.

The side Salad with the steak was a sur­prise. The wife gave me a taste of the veg­gies and they were of a very high quality.

The pasta was baked rather than boiled, it had a good fla­vor. The Chicken Breast was a big as it looked and & I found it deli­cious. The only cri­tique if any would be I’d have liked a bit more tomato sauce.

There were some good dessert selec­tions but my wife did not have the time and after that prodi­gious chicken breast I had not the capac­ity for it.

Our meal came to $33 and was more than sat­is­fied for my money.

Now there are a few draw­backs. The Restau­rant is only open till 9 PM Mon-​Thursday. Till 10 PM Fri­day & Sat­ur­day. (Closed on Sun­day) Fur­ther­more the amount of park­ing avail­able is less that one might desire. The place is not open on Sundays

My ver­dict?

If Fitch­burg is going to come back, we need to reward places like this will­ing to take a chance on the city and its neigh­bor­hood, par­tic­u­larly when they pro­vide a high qual­ity prod­uct for a rea­son­able price.

Dario’s a a good place, it deserves your patronage.

Saturday after doing Conservatively Speaking on WCRN AM 830 and a home show with DaWife we stopped by Dario’s Restorante on River Street Fitchburg a new restaurant that occupies the spot the French Marceau Diner & Variety did for decades.

KODAK Digital Still Camera Years ago this was an area of factories where the French & Greeks from the neighborhood worked with the Italians who came from the other end of town.

Today it’s a much tougher neighborhood than when location at the Corner of River Street & Sheldon street was an intersection point for Greektown, Cleghorn (the French Canadian Section) and Main Street. Most people who come to the street do so for the DQ ice cream stand less than a block away or to visit one of the half-dozen used car dealers in tKODAK Digital Still Camerahe small area.

But when you walk inside you will find an oasis amid an area past its prime. You will find two rooms a back area next to the parking with a mix of tables and wooden booths with a counter station and a Front area with a mixture of booth and a front area with a series of old-fashioned diner stools facing a classic soda dispenser and bar.

Now ambiance is always nice but when it comes down to it what matters is the food. The menu is not large but with more than enough variety to satisfy the hungry diner.

We started with an appetizer called Garlic Twists

The twists were delicious but just as good if not better were the greens that a person might mistake as a garnish but that came sprinkled with cheese and an oil/butter. It was almost a mini side salad that really complimented the twists & Marinara dip.

As it was lunchtime and my wife would be working in a few hours she decided to go with the steak sub.

KODAK Digital Still Camera

While I wanting to try from the dinner menu ordered the classic chicken parmigiana.

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Now while the still images wets the appetite I think the video conveys things even better.

The side Salad with the steak was a surprise. The wife gave me a taste of the veggies and they were of a very high quality.

The pasta was baked rather than boiled, it had a good flavor. The Chicken Breast was a big as it looked and & I found it delicious. The only critique if any would be I’d have liked a bit more tomato sauce.

There were some good dessert selections but my wife did not have the time and after that prodigious chicken breast I had not the capacity for it.

Our meal came to $33 and was more than satisfied for my money.

Now there are a few drawbacks. The Restaurant is only open till 9 PM Mon-Thursday. Till 10 PM Friday & Saturday. (Closed on Sunday) Furthermore the amount of parking available is less that one might desire. The place is not open on Sundays

My verdict?

If Fitchburg is going to come back, we need to reward places like this willing to take a chance on the city and its neighborhood, particularly when they provide a high quality product for a reasonable price.

Dario’s a a good place, it deserves your patronage.