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NEW RESTAURANTS IN BOSTON
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 .
Waxy's Modern Irish Bar + Kitchen takes Irish pub fare to new heights at their latest location near Fenway Park. Here, you can sip on a draft Irish red ale while snacking on a Scotch egg and some not-so-traditional wings covered in a sweet sea salt and caramel glaze. Main events not to be missed are cider-glazed salmon, a juicy club-cut sirloin with Guinness demi, and one of the best shepherd's pies in town made with ground lamb, peas and carrots topped with mashed fingerling potatoes. Waxy's Modern Irish Bar + Kitchen, 1032 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02446, no phone.
Flank brings back the beefsteak concept to Waltham, where Prohibition-style cocktails wash down massive cuts of hanger, porterhouse, New York strip and long-bone tomahawk steaks. Family-style sides include roasted sweet onions, stuffed mushrooms and a five-blend steakhouse mac and cheese. Dinner nightly. Flank, 74 Tower Rd., Waltham, MA 02451, 781-893-5265.
Enjoy Whiskey-Glazed Donuts through June
Skip the tie and power tools --- Kane’s Handcrafted Donuts in Boston and Saugus is partnering with Sons of Liberty Spirits to create the perfect Father’s Day treat: a whiskey-glazed donut. Available only for the month of June, the whiskey glaze is created using Battle Cry Whiskey, an American Single Malt born from a Belgian-style ale. The whiskey features hints of dark fruit and spices, such as anise and black licorice, with a subtle sweetness. Kane’s boiled down the Battle Cry to cook out most of the alcohol and then blended it with sugar, local organic honey and butter to craft a whiskey glaze. Kane’s two other flavors of the month are a devil’s food chocolate sea-salted caramel, and a butter pecan. Kane's Handcrafted Donuts, International Place, 90 Oliver St., Boston, MA 02110, 857-317-2654.
Turner’s Seafood Restaurants Celebrate Crabfest for Month of June
Turner’s Seafood Restaurants, with locations in Salem and Melrose, presents its month-long Crabfest celebration by serving a special lunch and dinner menu featuring Jonah crab, soft shell blue crab, king crab and snow crab, all harvested from across North America. Executive chef Yale Woodson at Turner’s Seafood at Lyceum Hall in Salem will offer appetizers including crab Rangoon and tempura fried soft shells over Napa coleslaw, finished with a sweet and spicy glaze and wasabi aioli; two special crab sandwiches, the Jonah Crab Roll and Crispy Fried Soft Shell BLT; and entrees such as the Land and Sea entrée and halibut with snow crab imperial. At its Melrose location, executive chef Jaime Aguilar offers appetizers including Jonah Fresco served with corn chips for dipping, and panko fried soft shells with baby arugula and corn salad; three crab sandwich specials; and savory entrees including a Jonah crab-stuffed haddock, and grilled soft shells brushed with lemon butter and served with roasted potatoes and fennel slaw. Turner’s Seafood Grill & Market is at 506 Main Street, Melrose, MA. Turner’s Seafood at Lyceum Hall, 43 Church St., Salem, MA 01970, 978-745-7665.
Boston's James Beard Foundation Award Winner
The James Beard Foundation Awards took place on May 2, 2016, in Chicago. Joanne Chang of flour bakery + cafe won for Outstanding Baker. flour bakery + cafe, 1595 Washington St., Boston, MA 02118, 617-267-4300.
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.
Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar launches Taco Tuesdays
Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar launches Taco Tuesdays where diners can enjoy four versions of a four-inch single taco from 5 p.m. on. Samplings include the avocado taco (curtido, jalapeno herb crema, crispy Brussels sprouts, spiced pumpkin seeds) $2, Cola Pork Carnitas Taco (griddled onions, charred orange and pineapple salsa, pickled fresno peppers and crispy tortilla chips) $3, root beer braised chicken (morita spiced carrot puree, pickled mango salsa, chile de arbol, crispy tortilla strips) $3, and Baja fried fish (charred jalapeno and pineapple aioli, pickled cabbage and avocado) $3.50. Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar, 412 W. Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127, 617-917-5626.
Sunday Family Suppers with Live Jazz at il Casale
Sunday family suppers complete with live jazz take place at il Casale Cucina Campana + Bar. The Lexington property is the sibling of the Belmont restaurant owned and operated by chef Dante de Magistris and brothers Filippo and Damian. The restaurant offers a tour of the Campania region, where the de Magistris family traces its heritage, with sfizi "shareable little bites," homemade pasta, arancini and braised beef. il Casale Cucina Campana + Bar, 1727 Mass Ave., Lexington, MA 02420, 781-538-5846.
In June 2016, executive chef Jay Silva will leave Bambara to open a new restaurant. Bambara, Hotel Marlowe, 25 Edwin H. Land Blvd., Cambridge, MA 02141, 617-868-4444.
BOSTON RESTAURANT CLOSINGS
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.
The Cleveland Circle location of the burrito chain Boloco has closed. Boloco, 1940 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02135, no phone.