As much as I love to cook, and firmly believe that food I make at home is better for me and often just better than restaurant food, I also love to go out for meals. There's just something so nice about not having to do anything beyond point at something on a menu. Everything else is magically taken care of, it's a beautiful thing. So, because it was Friday, my friend and former roommate Liz (or as Milton calls her, Aunt Liz) and I went to Comella's in Chestnut Hill.
I first discovered Comella's when one of the families I babysit for brought home a $5 pizza. A five dollar pizza. And it's a large pizza, not like some scrawny personal pan nonsense. Although I never get the pizza, I was definitely interested at that point. It's a standard "fast casual" kind of place, with all the Italian favorites. It's not in the same class as places in the North End, but it's affordable, tasty, and there's a parking lot at the one closest to me.
Here is what we ate!
Mozzarella sticks. They were just as mozz sticks are supposed to be; greasy, stringy, cheesy, and served with a side of marinara.
Caesar salad. It was ok. Pretty basic, lettuce, croutons, parm cheese on the top. The dressing was a little lackluster in my opinion, but I like really strong flavors.
Stuffed shells with "mess" on the top. This was Liz's meal, but she's nice and let's me try things. The mess is a creation of Comella's, it's basically some stuff and some sauce. It's a secret recipe. I think this one had penne and eggplant. It was delicious.
I had the chicken parm sandwich. It's my favorite thing they have. The key to a good chicken parm is a good sauce to bread/chicken ratio and thin crispy chicken. This one has both. I devoured it.