Fare: Traditional Italian
Food Quality: 2 Stars
Service: 1 1/2 Stars
Decor: 1 1/2 Stars
Overall Rating: 2 Stars
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 Star = Poor to Four stars = Best in Class
Excellent selection of homemade pasta dishes.
Can use improvement with cleanliness. More frequent cleaning of AC/heating vents, garbage area out back needs tidying up.
Noise Level: Moderate - High
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy well prepared traditional southern Italian food served in large portions.
Not Recommended For: Diners who prefer modern Italian food in an upscale, trendy setting.
Recommended dishes: When available, The Cappellini with Shrimp, Toasted Garlic, Sicilian Green Olives, and Chunky Plum Tomato Sauce; The Rigatoni with Broccoli Rabe, Cannellini Beans, Italian Sausage, and Sun-dried Tomatoes; and The Veal Scallopini with Marsala Mushroom Sauce, Croquette, and Seasonal Vegetables.
Liquor: BYOB, If you forgot your bottle, there is a liquor store just up the block
Theresa's, one of the oldest Italian restaurants in Westfield, is a good place to go for a good traditional Italian meal at a reasonable price.
The Pastas are made fresh on the premises and the red sauces are made with the finest ingredients. They are the reason many locals come here. They offer generous portions of well prepared dishes. Try the specials, they are often well prepared, using fresh ingredients. Save room for dessert.
Theresa's desserts are homemade and sumptuous. The recommended desserts are; The Banana Bread Pudding; The Warm Apple Crustada with Vanilla Gelato and Galliano Caramel; and The Orange Almond Cheesecake with Creme Anglaise and a Crispy Tuile.
The decor is outdated, and a notch below the level of the food. The dining area is small, and dimly lit with tables set with linen coverings.
Tables are spaced close together, During the busy weekends, your apt to find it crowded, noisy, and difficult for quiet conversation.
The service at Theresa's is friendly and attentive.
(updated: January, 2017)
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