Creative cuisine is served up in style at this hip eatery located within a turn-of-the-century factory building.
Written by Maria Allen
Photography by Derrick Zellmann
Situated on the north side of Plymouth, inside the historic Cordage Commerce Center, Three V is a relative newcomer to Plymouth’s dining scene—but it has already established a local following. It is the latest restaurant concept to be launched by Viscariello Hospitality Group, a family-run operation that also owns the popular Italian restaurants Mamma Mia’s and Carmela’s. Second and third-generation family members are carrying on the legacy of tbrothers, Pasquale and Giovanni, who opened the first Mamma Mia’s more than 45 years ago. Three V is not, however, the same type of restaurant as its predecessors. Instead, it offers diners a modern-American menu and a hip vibe that is reflective of the youthful influence of the family’s third generation.
Three V has an inviting, industrial-chic atmosphere, with brick walls that stretch up to high ceilings and large windows that fill the space with sunlight. The building itself played a major role in the town’s rich history. Back in the 1800s, it was the site of The Plymouth Cordage Company, the world’s largest manufacturer of rope and twine. These days, the building is buzzing with a different kind of energy.
“We wanted to design the sort of place that we would enjoy hanging out at, and we wanted to build a sense of community,” says general manager Nicole Souza, who notes that the restaurant attracts people from all generations.
The menu offers a blend of creative comfort food and healthy dishes that highlight fresh ingredients. On our recent visit, we began our meal by sampling the Hot Honey Fried Calamari, which was cooked to a perfect crunch and came tossed with banana peppers and cherry tomatoes with sweet-spicy Thai sauce for dipping. Next we tried the Mediterranean Power Bowl, a massive salad that consisted of spinach, kale, chopped avocado, kalamata olives, cucumbers, red onion, pepperoncini, crispy chickpeas, feta cheese and an addictively delicious lemon vinaigrette.
From our seats at the bar we had a good view of the open kitchen. We were able to watch the chef stretch out the dough for our Neapolitan-style Margherita pizza and top it with fresh Marzano tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and basil before carefully sliding the pie into a flaming-hot oven. For entrees, our favorites included the blackened salmon tacos, which came dressed with pickled red onions, shredded lettuce and a spicy siracha aioli; and the black truffle ravioli that is made by hand and tossed in a creamy sage sauce.
An expansive copper bar serves as the centerpiece of the dining room and a large chalkboard menu on the back wall describes signature cocktails. For those looking for a Plymouth-themed drink, try The Rock (inspired by the famous waterfront landmark), which contains Citadel gin, lemon juice, Lillet wine and prosecco. If you’re a Bourbon drinker, go for The Night Moves, a drink made with Wild Moon birch syrup, blueberry liqueur, Angostura bitters and lemon juice. You can also find Second Wind Beer, which is brewed in Plymouth, and the restaurant’s own Two Brothers cabernet sauvignon, which pay homage to the family patriarchs.
Three V hosts special events on a weekly basis, including buck-a-shuck oysters and drink flights on Monday nights, music bingo on Tuesdays and a dinner-for-two deals on Wednesdays. If you come for brunch on the weekend, don’t miss the build-your-own bloody marys (they’re massive). Be sure to check the restaurant’s website for information about paint nights and other classes, which are held in the adjoining function room.
When the weather warms up, guests can choose to dine alfresco on the patio, which just so happens to be dog-friendly. There’s even a special menu featuring locally made pizza-shaped biscuits and frozen yogurt for four-legged friends.
It’s this dedication to making their guests feel welcome that builds community, one delicious meal at a time.