Archive for the ‘Italian’ category

Discovering my new neighborhood

August 30, 2010

I took a little walk around my new Somerville apartment last night.

I liked these train tracks under the bridge on Cedar Street:

I saw quite a few young people playing basketball at the corner of Cedar and Broadway streets:

I saw this Revolutionary flag at the city’s Fire Prevention Bureau:

I saw construction (seems to be happening all the time in Somerville):

I saw Lil Vinny’s Ristorante:

And then I ate there! Here’s a pic of my tomato and basil haddock with veggies and mashed potato:

The fish’s sauce was divine! I don’t exactly know what was in it (maybe some white wine?) because the menu only mentioned tomato and basil (there had to have been more). I’m so happy I have leftovers for today!

Two awesome restaurants: one in Saugus and one in Framingham

January 18, 2010

I checked out two new restaurants this past weekend: The Pushcart in Saugus and the British Beer Company in Framingham. The Pushcart is actually a new restaurant, while the British Beer Company is just new to me.

Both had excellent food. At The Pushcart I ordered veal and eggplant Parmesan, and also sampled fried cheese, and ravioli in a sun-dried tomato sauce. At the British Beer Company I had haddock in a cracker crust, fingerling potatoes and a squash and zucchini medley.

I also had a Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale with my fish. Delish!

The cool thing about The Pushcart is it was originally located in the North End, and is named after the pushcarts poor restaurateurs used to sell their food from.

That location closed years ago, and it just opened back up in Saugus.

What I love about the British Beer Company is the restaurant’s British feel. It has dark brown wood, a giant rectangular bar that seats 35 guests, and italicized quotes around the ceiling.

Here’s one of the best quotes: “Bessie Braddock: ‘Sir, you are drunk.’ Churchill: ‘Madam, you are ugly. In the morning, I shall be sober.'”

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You like good fried mozzarella– go to Grappa in Watertown

September 11, 2009

GrappaMy boyfriend and I went to Grappa, an Italian restaurant on Elm Street in Watertown for our 13-month anniversary this week. Wow, do I recommend it!

We started off with some amazing fried mozzarella. The breading was so light, unlike the mozzarella sticks restaurants typically serve. Not to mention, it was tasty!

For our main dishes I got mussels over linguini with a red sauce, and my boyfriend got chicken with shallots and spinach. Mine was good, but in my opinion it’s difficult to mess up mussels. What impressed me more was the tender, flavorful chicken.

If you go to Grappa I would recommend getting a meat dish. I think I will get veal next time.

For dessert we had a bomba. It is chocolate and vanilla gelato separated by sliced almonds with a cherry center. I think that speaks for itself.

The restaurant is tucked away in an industrial-zoned side street in Watertown. It’s kind of random. But when we saw the somewhat-hidden place was bursting with people we knew it had to be good.

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