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“Best Bolognese I've had outside of Italy....”

Leandros Italian Restaurant & Tavern
Ranked #3 of 39 Restaurants in Easton
Price range: US$10 - US$30
Description: Leandros brings the best of Italy to Easton...flavorful Mediterranean food with a New England accent, fine wines, dozens of beers, interesting cocktails, and a lively atmosphere.
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Description: Leandros brings the best of Italy to Easton...flavorful Mediterranean food with a New England accent, fine wines, dozens of beers, interesting cocktails, and a lively atmosphere.
Reviewed March 24, 2017

With great food and daily menu specials, Leandros was a very nice dining experience. They also have live entertainment on weekends and $2 oysters on select days. The Bolognese with Pappardelle was worth going back 3 times in 2 weeks.
Very Highly Recommended.

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1  Thank paul274Boston
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Reviewed March 15, 2017

Blackthorne Publick House, we hardly knew ‘ye. Taking over the space previously occupied by the lamented Blackthorne (where the food - prepared by a former head chef at Providence’s reputable CAV – often excelled, but the art and music vibe endorsed by its endearing owner unfortunately never fully caught on with locals), Leandro’s Italian Restaurant and Tavern is an undeniable hit. One recent Saturday evening was evidence enough, from the parking lot at near capacity to the raucous bar and bustling dining room. Amidst the crowd chaos, an engaging, humorous hostess whisked us to our table. Gone is the artwork adorning the walls, the musical stage, and the dour black mahogany seating, replaced with warmer, lighter colored tables and walls (but with muted, more romantic lighting). Couples both young and old, along with larger families, seem to be enjoying themselves, and it’s no wonder why.

Keeping all things in the family, owner Michelle Refinski Leandro manages the establishment, while her husband, Emanuel along with his cousin, Leandro man the kitchen (both have cooked for well over a decade). Their Italian-inspired menu is extensive, while dishes are generous in portion size and well-executed. Prices are extremely reasonable, even considering the restaurant’s suburban locale. What’s not to like?

Leandro’s features a modest, yet interesting and well-priced selection of wines available by both the glass (a velvety, robust Joel Gott Cabernet, at $11, is a standout) and bottle, while the beer list is equally impressive, ranging from Worcester’s popular Wormtown IPA to a denser Allagash Black Belgian stout out of Maine. Inventive cocktails ($8.50-12) – including the aptly named Midnight in Siciliy, whose combination of bourbon and averna Sicilian amaro is not only smooth, well-balanced, and potent, but whose dark appearance strikingly resembles red wine – are most definitely worth exploring.

Appetizers ($6.50-14) veer more towards traditional Italian-American cuisine, including stuffed meatballs with prosciutto. Surprisingly, it is a salad - of all things - that proves to be one of the most satisfying course of the evening. A baby arugula (at $10, the most expensive but most worthwhile salad option), offers the perfect counterpoint of flavors and textures, as the sweetness of soft figs, crunchy pecans, and a lively orange-poppy dressing battle for supremacy against the tartness of crumbled goat cheese.

Grilled entrees ($18.50-26) are an absolute steal given their mammoth portion sizes and flawless execution. There’s nothing necessarily flashy about these dishes – but boy, they taste mighty good! Take, for instance, the perfectly cooked, nicely seasoned, succulent pork chop ($21) served in a not-too-heavy apple demi glaze, caramelized onions, and served alongside crispy Lyonnaise potatoes. Veal marsala ($19) features thinly pounded, equally tender slices of meat in a rich marsala and mushroom sauce, accompanied by garlic mashed potato.

Traditional Italian desserts (i.e. tiramisu) offer an appealing, if slightly underwhelming conclusion to the evening. We sample a house-made carrot cake which sadly tastes pre-made, the cake slightly moist if not a tad dry and dense, with an insufficient of cream cheese frosting to satisfy one’s sweet tooth. I’d suggest bypassing these for a chest-warming alcoholic dessert flight such as that wonderfully sweet amaro or port sherry ($12).

Our dining companions also inform us of Leandro’s weekly specials such as $1 oysters at the bar on Sundays and Mondays, along with Tuesday Tastings that, at $20, gets you three tasting portions and a wine or beer flight. It’s this type of menu flexibility, along with genuine hospitality, reasonable price points, and nicely executed (albeit heavily traditional) Italian cuisine, that only adds to the eatery’s allure and initial wave of success. Leandro’s restaurant team may be all in the family, but it certainly appears eager to extend its culinary family to local residents.

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2  Thank PaulsPalate
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Reviewed March 12, 2017

We have eaten at Leandros many times now. The food is always excellent. I recommend the porkchop dish. It is amazing. The owners are wonderful and the restaurant has a nice ambiance. The tiramisu for dessert is home made and it is delicious. If you are looking for local good Italian food give Leandros a try!

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1  Thank derekvasapollo
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Reviewed February 28, 2017 via mobile

The several restaurants in this space since the old Blackthorne Tavern have been short lived. This iteration might buck that trend.

Upon the advice of a friend, we tried out this gem on a Tuesday night, just four months after their opening. Nicely appointed, but the old linoleum floor and popular music undermined the potential.

The menu was modern and modest, but broad enough to meet a variety of tastes. Yes, they have Italian dishes, but with dishes like short ribs over polenta, salmon with quinoa, or baked cod... the Italian label sells the fare short.

What sold me on a return visit, was their black Manhattan disguised as a "Midnight in Sicily". They served it up in a small snifter... order it in a stemless martini glass instead. Luxardo cherries, yum.

A month ago they received their entertainment license, so they now have live music on weekends. Check their website and plan accordingly... live music can once again put this place over the top. (Fond memories of Livingston Taylor, Greg Greenway, Dee Carstensen in this very space...)

Right now, this seems to be a nice neighborhood restaurant, in an area of town that really needs to draw from a broader base of clientele. I think they can do it.... we'll be back.

1  Thank HyannisSteve
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Reviewed December 10, 2016

Great food, fresh pasta, great service. The stuffed meatballs were fantastic. Matt was an attentive server. Good wine list

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1  Thank Donna G
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