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Monte Bianco Restaurante tasteful addition to Webster’s downtown

Chef Manny Campoverde prepping one of his delicious creations.

Bianco’s tasteful arrival.
Chef Manny has served up hundreds of delicious and varied dishes at his former Thompson, Conn., restaurant and now he has taken on a new challenge—welcoming new and loyal customers to his new setting at one of the busiest intersections in Webster. 
Monte Bianco officially opened in Webster on May 18.
On a recent Tuesday evening, the restaurant catered to a steady stream of diners who appeared to be enjoying their meals while the likes of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett crooned their unmistakable tunes in the background.
The chef’s lightly fried calamari appetizer was served up on a platter accompanied by a robust and spicy tomato sauce and his hefty portions of chicken parm with pasta is like no other you will ever experience. Likewise the shrimp scampi dish in a light sauce with thin garlic slices. A complimentary bruschetta is unique for the area with finely chopped fresh tomatoes, cucumber, and onions with a drizzle of olive oil on crusty bread.
No room for dessert this time but another visit soon will certainly include Manny’s homemade tiramisu. The record of delicious success speaks for itself.
The dining room is simple, clean, and cozy and the menu reflects diners’ requests. Manny keeps on smiling as he chops, preps, and cooks for those who love his food. The chef enjoys his craft and appreciates his customers, accommodating their special requests as often as he can. “If I have the ingredients in-house, I will cook to your liking. Your wishes will be accommodated as best as possible. We are happy that so many diners have found our restaurant and enjoy the meals served here.”
  As always, Monte Bianco’s menu has just the right number of choices from appetizers to desserts, all made in-house.
Entrees range from eggplant rollatini to seafood like stuffed haddock, chicken or veal voldostana (breaded and topped with prosciutto and melted mozzarella in marsala sauce), stuffed rigatoni and meatballs, and gnocchi to filet mignon and short ribs.
  Last but not least, the chef’s homemade desserts with flair are tiramisu, flan, cannoli, mini-cheesecakes, and bread pudding. Currently there is a BYOB policy until their spirits license is finalized. 
Chef Manny and family also cater for any occasion. Lunch is now served at Monte Bianco from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with lunch-sized portions of their dinner menu according to Pegui Campoverde, Manny’s daughter. “We took our time renovating this location,” said Pegui, “we wanted it to be just right. My dad is very proud of his new and spotless kitchen and appliances.” 
There are 12 dining tables available, spaced conveniently, so reservations are recommended. 
Monte Bianco Restaurante is at 140 Main Street, Webster. Phone 508-461-5016,  Current hours: Tues/Wed 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Thurs/Fri 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sat/Sun 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Sun 1-7 p.m.  Major credit cards accepted. 
Contact Janet:  [email protected] Janet Stoica
Chef Manny Campoverde and his family have reached another milestone in their restaurant’s life by moving to a very visible location in Webster at the corner of School Street and Main, specifically, 140 Main Street. 
Years ago, this location served as Manzi’s Market, a successful mainstay in the area run by the Manzi brothers: George, Jimmy, and Mike. Perhaps the Manzi brothers would be pleased about Monte