Sometimes, it feels like you’ve won the lottery when you discover a cucina that’s hidden away, yet in plain view of all. One that everyone knows and tells their friends about, yet at the same time, hesitates to tell many more, wanting to keep it a secret for themselves.
That’s how I feel about Victor’s Italian Cuisine on Route 1 south, a restaurant with authentic Italian dishes. Though it has been open since April 2012, I’ve driven by countless times, unaware of the North End-like treasure nestled in a tiny mall next to the iconic orange dinosaur.
Despite its inconspicuous location, the first time we visited, we found a line of customers weaving in front of the Sprint store and spilling into the parking lot. “Is Sprint having a sale on phones on a Friday night?” my husband asked.
Despite no advertising, lines form outside Victor’s, especially on Thursdays through Saturday nights when chef-owner Victor Grillo is cooking.
Two things struck me: 1) How patient everyone was. 2) What people were holding — cute wine holders or, for those in a rush, a bottle of wine wrapped in a brown paper bag.
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