Went to the new Posto in Bedford last night with 4 colleagues, two from out of town. The senior one (who picks up the tabs) is extremely fond of Italian restaurants and we had been lacking a good one in the area. We may have found our spot.
To start, we shared three antipasti: the Nonna’s Meatballs with mozzarella and Pomodoro sauce (5 to a serving). Everyone else loved these; I just had the knockout version at SRV last week so I was a bit more critical (though I did keep it to myself, lol!): I thought they were a bit stodgy although tasty. The arancini (4 to a serving) had arborio rice, lemon and oregano and a tangier tomato sauce than the meatballs. The bruschetta (3 to an order) were the sleeper hit of the antipasti: bread lightly charred in the pizza oven, spread with a fair amount of really tasty goat cheese and topped with roasted grape tomatoes, red onion and basil and drizzled with a judicious amount of vin cotto. I will pause to say here that in most places we go if we ask that the appetizer portion size be adjusted to give us 5 (or whatever) pieces so we can easily share, it is no problem but that was not the case here. I have no idea if that was just our waiter though. He was decidedly odd.
I got one of the night’s specials: roasted duck breast on wild mushroom risotto with dried? roasted? cherries. It was spectacular: the duck breast was perfectly pink inside and the fat nicely rendered, it was sliced thinly but not too thinly, the risotto was loaded with wild mushrooms and nicely wet but not swimming, the cherries had lovely flavor. After all the apps I brought about 2/3 of it home and can hardly wait to eat it tonight. Others had the salmon on lentils with root vegetables (I tasted and it was good although the salmon was cooked longer than I prefer); the gnocchi with short ribs (proclaimed wonderful and hoovered up) and a salad. We also got a Toscana pizza (salumi, pepperoni, sausage, roasted garlic, peppers) for the table. Neapolitan pizza is really not my thing (I always find it soggy in the middle) but it was undeniably tasty with good quality toppings.
The space is large and has a huge bar in the middle. To the left of the bar is the main dining area and it has 3 of the biggest booths I have ever seen. We were in one of them and it was extremely comfortable. There was a large group at the bar who were essentially right next to us which made it hard to hear each other until the group got seated but I’m not sure how often that would happen and the noise level was otherwise fine. On the other side of the bar there is some high top seating and beyond that what looks like a private dining area. It is a very large restaurant and we did wonder if it will get sufficient traffic. They serve lunch Monday to Friday. I am very glad to have this near the office as a resource for non-adventurous diners. I am also glad I have some visiting colleagues who think Holi or Sichuan Gourmet or Gustazo is a wonderful choice.