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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.
The North End welcomes seafood-driven restaurant, Il Molo. Italian for “The Pier,” Il Molo takes over the former Davide space and is headed by veteran restaurateur Donato Frattaroli (Artu, Lucia) and his son, Donato Jr. The venue features marble tables, a fireplace and lounge-style seating, along with a private events area. The kitchen is led by chef Pino Maffeo, formerly of Lucia in Winchester. On the menu are lobster, East and West Coast oysters, and other seafood dishes inspired by New England and the Mediterranean. Il Molo, 326 Commercial St., Boston, MA 02109, 857-277-1895.
The Briar Group has opened K2, a full-service café and coffee bar in Kendall Square. Chef Ben Hennemuth of Anthem Kitchen + Bar offers breakfast, lunch and snacks such as the Spud Boat, along with sandwiches, salads, smoothies, and Barrington Coffee cold-brewed drinks. K2 also has meeting and event space that seats up to 100. K2 Café, 500 Kendall St., Cambridge, MA 02142, 617-789-4111.
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.
Now open in Washington Square is Stoked Wood Fired Pizza Co. The pies, also offered from a food truck, have a cult following due to the work of Scott Riebling (Boston rock band Letters to Cleo) and Toirm Miller (former Jack and The Bean Bowl food cart). Craft beer, wine and cocktails are available. Stoked Wood Fired Pizza Co., 1632 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02446, 617-879-0707.
Blackmoor Bar & Kitchen, close by TD Garden, is a casual spot with a view of the Zakim Bridge. Expect beer, wine, spirits and cocktails along with an eclectic menu ranging from flatbread pizzas to burgers. Blackmoor Bar & Kitchen, 1 Chelsea St., Charlestown, MA 02129, 617-580-8166.
The Yvonne’s team will open contemporary Peruvian restaurant RUKA in The Godfrey Hotel Boston in fall 2016. Expect food and cocktails that will also emphasize the influence of Japanese “nikkei” and Chinese “chifa” cuisines. RUKA, The Godfrey Hotel Boston, 505 Washington St., Boston, MA 02111, 617-804-2000 .
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.
Ma Maison Celebrates Anniversary
In summer 2016, Ma Maison co-owners Jacky Robert and Sam Sosnitsky are celebrating one year on Beacon Hill with a lavish three-course nightly dinner for a petit $45. On the joyeux anniversaire menu are fried clams with mustard crème brûlée, Maine lobster smoked using French-imported chips and served on a crispy sushi roll with mango salsa, and peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream. Ma Maison, 272 Cambridge St., Boston, MA 02114, 617-725-8855.
Pauli's Lobsterizes North End Menu
Pauli’s, the neighborhood sandwich shop in the North End, launches Lobsterize, which lets customers add fresh lobster meat to anything on the menu: lobster pancakes, surf and turf steak bomb, breakfast, lunch and dinner, all summer long. Pauli’s is also known for its U.S.S. Lobstitution, a lobster roll boasting 1½ pounds of fresh knuckle and claw meat. Pauli's, 65 Salem St., Boston, MA 02113, 857-284-7064.
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.
Alta Strada Expands to Washington, DC
Michael Schlow opened his third Alta Strada in Washington, DC (the original is in Wellesley with a second at Foxwoods Resort in Connecticut). Dishes here include grilled octopus with chickpeas, Calabrian chiles and lemon; an authentic version of tagliatelle Bolognese (which Schlow learned in Bologna); maltagliati with rabbit and fresh fava beans, and pollo al mattone. Alta Strada, 92 Central St., Wellesley, MA 02482, 781-237-6100.
Chef Brendan Pelley's Greek Pelekasis at Wink & Nod
Chef Brendan Pelley has taken residence at Boston Nightlife Ventures’ Wink & Nod with his modern Greek concept Pelekasis. Wink & Nod operates a culinary program where a new restaurant group is invited to run the kitchen and experiment with dishes. Pelley is a “Hell’s Kitchen” alum and is the former executive chef of Zebra’s Bistro and Wine Bar in Medfield. His menu at Wink & Nod includes one-hundred layer spanakopita, rooster giouvetsi, wild boar keftedes, and molten kefalograviera cheese. Boston Nightlife Ventures corporate beverage director Michael Boughton has added some new drinks to the beverage menu to include a variety of Greek wines, ouzo, metaxa, tsipouro, retsina and raki. Wink & Nod, 3 Appleton St., Boston, MA 02116, 617-482-0117.
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
51 Lincoln, the upscale neighborhood restaurant popular with the well-heeled Newton set, has closed. 51 Lincoln, 51 Lincoln St., Newton Highlands, MA 02461, no phone.
Nix's Mate, the restaurant at the Hilton Boston Financial District, has closed. Nix's Mate, Hilton Boston Financial District, 89 Broad St., Boston, MA 02110, no phone.
Rialto in Boston closed after service on June 23, 2016. Rialto, The Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge, MA 02138, no phone.