Sunday, December 8, 2013
David Ross and Merrilee Paul are already poised to open a third restaurant, Abbondante Trattoria & Bar, at 27 Western Ave. in Kennebunk.
Ross and Paul, the husband-and-wife owners of 50 Local and Owen’s Farmhouse, are opening the new spot May 22 in conjunction with the Kennebunkport Resort Collection. The restaurant will serve, according to a press release, “generous portions of thoughtful Italian preparations.”
Here’s Ross foraging for mushrooms for 50 Local:
The restaurant will grow its own organic tomatoes for a sauce recipe that’s been in Ross’ family for generations. The pasta will be homemade, too. The food will range from classic Italian comfort food such as spaghetti and meatballs, ravioli and lasagna to more adventurous dishes such as tagliatelle with hazelnut brown butter, rabbit confit, spinach and chevre.
A wood-fired oven will turn out simple classics like margheritas, along with pizza salsiccia, which is made with sausage, pickled chilis, provolone and roasted peppers.
The restaurant, located in a refurbished old barn that is the former home of Grissini, will also have some features that seem to be must-haves in new places these days – a long communal table, a stone fireplace, an outside terrance and (ugh) bistro seating.
Abbondante will also have its own market where you’ll be able to buy Ross' pasta, sauce and other gourmet Italian products to take home.
Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.
Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business before turning to journalism more than a decade ago. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs. A newcomer to Portland, she is an online content producer for the Press Herald.
Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or saxelrod [at] pressherald.com.
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