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Pan seared scallops. Courtesy photo.




North End Bistro

Where: 1361 Elm St., Suite 108, Manchester
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Closed on Sunday and Monday.
Visit: facebook.com/northendbistro or call 232-3527




New Italian eats
North End Bistro opens in Manchester

02/22/18
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 A new chef-owned and -operated Italian-American restaurant on the north end of Elm Street in Manchester is now open. North End Bistro, which held its grand opening on Jan. 26 in the former space of The Way We Cook, offers lunch and dinner five days a week and will soon be expanding to include more menu options, co-owner Becky Carlson said.

“[The former owners] were actually only open for 16 hours a week before, so a lot of people are still learning that we’re doing lunch in addition to dinner,” said Carlson, who worked in retail management for seven years prior to owning the restaurant. “Eventually we want to go to seven days a week and maybe do brunch on Sundays, too.”
The space is small — about 46 seats plus an additional 10 at the bar — but Carlson described it as a great family-friendly option for lunch or dinner.
“You can come in here with family, friends, or by yourself for a nice quiet lunch,” she said. “For food, we kind of have a variety going on. We’ve heard a lot of positive feedback about our burgers so far.”
Some signature burgers include the Bistro Burger (topped with portobello mushrooms, bacon, Swiss cheese and rosemary aioli), the Old Man of the Mountain Burger (with caramelized onions, bacon, pepper jack cheese and maple Dijon mustard) and the Philly Cheeseburger (with roast beef, American cheese, sauteed peppers, mushrooms and onions). There is also an extensive menu of sandwiches, like a pesto chicken panini and a turkey club; salads like an arugula and a roasted beet with goat cheese fritter and spinach; wraps like a steak bomb and a Greek vegetable; and even some seafood options, like fish and chips and blackened shrimp tacos.
The dinner menu has signature plates of its own. For appetizers, there’s the spinach and artichoke dip that is served with garlic crostinis; and the bruschetta, which has tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, garlic and basil on grilled bread. Dinner entrees like the stuffed haddock fillet with shrimp, scallops and crab have especially sold well, according to co-owner and chef Andy Retaleato, as well as the chicken saltimbocca, the macaroni and cheese, the Bolognese pasta and other Italian favorites.
Lunch and dinner specials are continuously updated via the restaurant’s Facebook page, as well as updates on new items that make the regular menu, like the butternut squash soup, the Monte Cristo sandwich (served on French toast style bread with a side of maple syrup) and the steak Gorgonzola alfredo served over linguine.
“We’re probably going to aim toward even more of an Italian direction with the menu in the future,” Retaleato said, “so other things that aren’t on the menu right now but will make the menu may be stuff like classic meatballs and chicken Parmesan. We’re trying to gear more toward gluten-free and vegan options, too.”
Carlson said the drink menu features a combination of domestic beers on tap and craft beers from local breweries. You can also call ahead to place take-out orders.





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