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Mario Batali has finally come to Boston, and we couldn't be happier. The long-awaited Babbo Pizzeria --- brought to us by the famous New York chef --- has opened at the Seaport District's Fan Pier. The menu focuses on Italian favorites like ricotta calzones, meatball pizzas and spaghetti carbonara with pancetta, as well as some unique finds like crispy duck leg agrodolce, oxtail gnocchi and sweet pea agnolotti. Babbo Pizzeria, 11 Fan Pier Blvd., Boston, MA 02210, 617-421-4466.
Sterling Group Management (the group behind Bastille Kitchen) have opened Serafina Boston in the former Radius space in the Financial District. The focus is on Italian fare. Serafina Boston, 10 High St., Boston, MA 02110, 617-426-1234.
Michael Serpa, former executive chef at Neptune Oyster, has just opened his first restaurant: SELECT Oyster Bar in the Back Bay. The exposed brick interior offers a modern brownstone design, while the seafood-focused menu features international influences with dishes like baby cuttlefish from Spain, as well as standard seafood classics. SELECT Oyster Bar, 50 Gloucester St., Boston, MA 02115, 857-239-8064.
ShabuMaru has taken over the space of the former Turner Fisheries location at The Westin Copley Place. The Japanese restaurant features hot pot tableside cooking with platters of prime rib-eye, boneless short rib, lamb shoulder and chicken breast, along with sashimi grade fish. Lunch & Dinner daily. ShabuMaru, Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02116, 617-437-8888.
Night Market has taken over the former Tamarind Bay space in Harvard Square, transforming it into an Asian street food-inspired restaurant. Small plates include scallops on a skewer; Filipino spring rolls made with pork, shrimp and green curry cashew pesto; and spicy dan dan noodles. Dinner nightly. Night Market, 48 JFK St., Cambridge, MA 02138, 857-285-6948.
Seth Greenberg has opened his latest venture, Bastille Kitchen, in the Fort Point district. The French-inspired bistro has two floors and features everything from onion soup with a sunnyside-up egg, escargots in red wine butter sauce and pork belly chicken liver rillettes to beef tongue flatbreads, octopus ceviche and prime skirt steak frites. Dinner nightly. Bastille Kitchen, 49 Melcher St., Boston, MA 02210, 617-556-8000.
Hojoko will open at the Verb Hotel, the renovated former Howard Johnson Hotel located near Fenway Park. The restaurant, which will take the forn of a Japanese izakaya (pub), is the brainchild of Tim and Nancy Cushman from o ya. Hojoko, The Verb Hotel, 1271 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02215, 617-566-4500.
Viale has opened in the former Rendezvous space in Cambridge's Central Square. Its features Mediterranean- and Italian-inspired fare. Owners Mark Young and Greg Reeves have renovated the space with a menu that features meats and pizzas cooked on a wood fired grill, a craft beer and organic wine selection and completely renovated interior. Viale, 502 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139, 617-576-1900.
Tavern Road Features a Special Menu from TR Street Foods
For the month of April, Tavern Road features a special menu in the main dining room from the adjacent TR Street Foods. The fast-casual lunch concept, which features sandwiches, tacos and kebabs, is shaking things up at Tavern Road. On the menu are crab dumplings with ramen broth, lamb meatball shawarma, TR hot dogs and porchetta flatbread. Tavern Road, 343 Congress St., Boston, MA 02210, 617-790-0808.
Bar Boulud Celebrates Red Sox Home Games with Decadent Hot Dogs
Bar Boulud celebrates every Red Sox home game this season with a decadent hot dog offering. Try the housemade DB (Daniel Boulud) dog with French mustard paired up with a beer for $12.50 or the Alsace Dog topped with sauerkraut, pig head bacon, crispy shallots and a beer for $18. Bar Boulud, Mandarin Oriental, Boston, 776 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199, 617-535-8800.
The Battery Wharf Hotel Hosts Year-Round Firepit Snacking on the Terrace
Looking for something a little different than bistro dining at the Battery Wharf Hotel? Firepit snacks on the terrace include gourmet s'mores with marshmallows, crispy graham crackers and a choice of gooey chocolate, creamy peanut butter cups or fresh sliced bananas. Savory options include a Vermont cheddar fondue spiked with hard apple cider accompanied by a platter of seaonal vegetables, dried fruits and crusty ciabatta bread or an artisinal salumi plate of venison sausage and wild boar prosciutto. The firepits are open nightly with seatings at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Reservations are recommended by calling 617-994-9000. Aragosta Bar and Bistro, Battery Wharf Hotel, 3 Battery Wharf, Boston, MA 02109, 617-994-9001.
Bronwyn Hosts Prototype Tuesday Nights Featuring Chef Tim Wiechmann's Creative Experiments
Chef Tim Wiechmann is at it again, showing off his creativity with prototype Tuesday nights at Bronwyn. Each dinner, which can be paired with regional wines, spirits and beers, is based on a theme related to Germany and the Central/Eastern Europe region. Some dishes to be featured are Serbian steak, Polish charcuterie board, Transylvanian lamb meatballs and Serbian hamburger. Prices vary each week. Bronwyn, 255 Washington St., Somerville, MA 02143, 617-776-9900.
Liquid Art House Serving Brunch on Sundays
Liquid Art House is now serving brunch every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chef Rachel Klein has prepared a rotating menu that may include dishes like pork tenderloin, her signature cheese dumplings and duck confit. Liquid Art House, 100 Arlington St., Boston, MA 02116, 617-457-8130.
Bistro du Midi Launches New Brunch Service
Chef Robert Sisca of Bistro du Midi has launched a new brunch service on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with an entirely different menu and the ability to make reservations directly through the restaurant's website. The seasonal menu will include dishes like lemon buttermilk pancakes, trumpet royale mushroom omelet and grilled flat iron steak with poached egg, not to mention a signature Bouillabaisse Bloody Mary topped with a jumbo prawn. Be sure to request a seat upstairs for a beautiful view overlooking Boston Common. Bistro du Midi, 272 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116, 617-426-7878.
The Regal Beagle's Stacy Cogswell has moved over to Liquid Art House, working under executive chef Rachel Klein. Liquid Art House, 100 Arlington St., Boston, MA 02116, 617-457-8130.
Petit Robert Bistro has closed and will re-open with a new owner and new name (Josephine). The new "Parisian-style restaurant" in Kenmore Square is owned by Samuel Gosselin, who will transform the former traditional French spot into a modern day bistro with a unique twist on French fare. Petit Robert Bistro, 468 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215, no phone.
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