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NEW RESTAURANTS IN BOSTON
Chef Jody Adams, whose Rialto restaurant closed in June 2016, has opened Porto. This seafood spot in the Back Bay draws inspiration from the Mediterranean. Porto, Ring Road, Boston, MA 02199, 617-536-1234.
Bostonians will have the chance to stock up on artisanal pastas, San Marzano tomatoes, Ligurian olive oil and more when Eataly opens at the Prudential Center in Winter 2016. Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s Italian market and food court also has locations in New York and Chicago. Eataly, Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199, no phone.
Cook Restaurant Offers Halloween Specials Throughout the Month of October
Cook Restaurant’s executive chef Paul Turano has put an adult spin on childhood favorites with Halloween specials such as Candy Corn Caramel Popcorn that fuses candied bacon, caramel popcorn and candy corn; Rice Crispy S’mores that combines marshmallows, Rice Krispies, Golden Grahams and chocolate chips drizzled with caramel and chocolate sauce. For a more spirited treat, Howl at the Moon, made with blackberry moonshine, Bombay Sapphire, crimson berry tea, blackberries, basil, lemon juice and simple syrup; and Hocus Pocus, made with Captain Morgan, orange-mango syrup, peach schnapps, passionfruit and lemon. Both cocktails are topped with dry ice. Available through October 31. Cook, 825 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02467, 617-964-2665.
Monday Night Pasta Flight at Terramia
When you can’t decide what kind of pasta you want, why not pick three? Terramia in the North End is offering a Monday Night Pasta Flight. Pick spaghetti, gnocchi, pappardelle or risotto, sauces and add-ins for dishes such as rigatoni con salsiccia with sausage and broccoli rabe; spaghetti alla carbonara; and pappardelle alla bolognese. Offered on Mondays; cost is $25 per person. Terramia, 98 Salem St., Boston, MA 02113, 617-523-3112.
City Wine Tour's Saturdays Walks in Somerville
View an up-and-coming Boston-area neighborhood with new rose-colored lenses with City Wine Tour's walking wine tour around the Assembly Row area of Somerville every Saturday. Enjoy wine and food pairings, learn about new varietals, and pick up tips from educated tour guides. For $70, you sample six wines and at least three food pairings, starting at Fuji at Assembly and ending at Earl’s Kitchen + Bar. City Wine Tours offers wine tours in four other Boston-area neighborhoods, including the South End and Back Bay. The Assembly Row City Wine Tour runs on Saturdays from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. all year round. For more details, visit the official website.
Mondays Look Rosier at Doretta Taverna's Pop Up Rosé Bar
Turn your blue Mondays pink at Doretta Taverna's Pop-up Rosé Patio Bar featuring a diverse rosé list. From 5 p.m.-8 p.m., enjoy single pours or three rosé flights: "Fizzy, Salty + Bright," "Fruity, Delicate + Floral" and "Savory, Funky + Juicy." Doretta Taverna, 79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, 617-422-0008.
Elephant Walk in South End Launches Bar Menu
The Elephant Walk chef/owner Nadsa de Monteiro puts her spin on bar snacks Monday to Friday from 4 p.m.-6 p.m., including a PT Farm hamburger with tomato-onion chutney and spicy mayo on a brioche bun, a deep-fried hot dog topped with a cooked tomato cumin relish, Cambodian Sloppy Joes featuring ground pork in a sweet garlic peanut coconut sauce, and sweet and spicy pork sandwich with sliced pork tenderloin in a spicy hosin-sesame-ginger sauce, and grilled corn on the cobb with coconut scallion gravy. Pair these with some refreshing cocktails from their recently updated summer cocktail menu, such as a pear martini with Grey Goose Poire, St. Germain liqueur, and a splash of fresh lemon juice, or a ginger-lemon martini with citrus vodka, Canton Ginger liqueur and lemon juice. The Elephant Walk, 1415 Washington St., Boston, MA 02118, 617-247-1500.
Bondir Concord Summer Bistro Menu
Bondir Concord is introducing seasonal, farm-to-table menus. Chef-owner Jason Bond offers shareable dishes that include bass ceviche with shishito harissa, charred eggplant and pita, and crisp duck confit with lentils, farm fresh greens and red wine vinaigrette. Entrées include escarole ravioli with roasted vegetable broth and Parmigiana, bavette steak frites, and the Bondir burger topped with cheese, caramelized onions and bacon. Pair it with craft cocktails such as the spicy Second Spring with hibiscus tequila, rose geranium, lime, habanero and smoked sugar. Bondir Concord, 24 Walden St., Concord, MA 01742, 978-610-6554.
Aquitaine Re-Opens with a Fresh Look
To celebrate the restaurant's 19th year in business, Aquitaine underwent a massive revitalization project. It has re-opened with a new look, revamped interior and some menu additions. Aquitaine, 569 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02118, 617-424-8577.
San Francisco chef David Bazirgan now helms the kitchen of Bambara. Bambara, Hotel Marlowe, 25 Edwin H. Land Blvd., Cambridge, MA 02141, 617-868-4444.
BOSTON RESTAURANT CLOSINGS
Fire + Ice in Cambridge has shuttered. Fire + Ice, 50 Church St., Cambridge, MA 02138, no phone.
Todd English's Beacon Hill pizzeria Figs is closed following a fire. Figs, 42 Charles St., Boston, MA 02114, 617-742-3447.
Piattini Wine Cafe is temporarily closed while fire damages in the building are repaired. Piattini Wine Cafe, 226 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, 617-536-2020.