Casa Novello Review and Group Tipping Policy

The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed Casa Novello in Westbrook.

A combination trattoria and pizzeria, the restaurant is one of those old-school bastions of Italian-American cooking that serves up huge portions of mediocre cooking. Specialty pizzas and certain pasta dishes like lasagna and meatballs and spaghetti are popular and decently prepared. Entrees like chicken Marsala can be satisfying. Portion size makes up for a lack of finesse. Still, the atmosphere is congenial and the wait staff friendly and competent. Casa Novello offers a relaxed setting for moderately price fare.

Today’s paper also includes an article about recent changes to restaurant tipping policy driven by changes in tax law.

Like most other restaurants in Maine, DiMillo’s On the Water in Portland says it will no longer charge automatic gratuities for most large groups now that a change in the federal income tax code has closed a long-standing loophole.