According to reports from The Boston Globe earlier this week, Mario Batali’s long awaited Babbo Pizzeria – an 8,700 square foot pizzeria and Italian tapas restaurant – opens for dinner today in their new space at Fan Pier in the Seaport District. If you can’t make it to dinner, Babbo’s Twitter handle Tweeted that they will open for lunch starting tomorrow at 11:30 a.m.
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According to a great article from The Boston Globe, the prices and menu is similar to Batali’s East Village, Otto Enoteca (a personal favorite of mine). Pizzas range from an $8 marinara pizza to a $15 goat cheese pizza with pistachios, red onion, and truffle honey; small plates vary from $5 vegetable plates like cauliflower “alla Siciliana” to a three-cheese tasting for $11; larger plates range from grilled meats such as the $18 skirt steak with charred onions and aceto to pastas priced from $10 to $15. The most expensive plate is a $35 chefs selection of grilled meats. I’ll give this place a few weeks before heading over to the madness that is certain to ensue, but I’d love to hear from you if you happen to stop in before I do. Let me know your thoughts. I’m a big fan of Batali’s Otto Enoteca and have high expectations for Babbo Pizzeria.
Earlier this month I wrote about Community Servings’ spring fundraiser, LifeSavor, hosted at the Langham Hotel in Boston on Thursday, April 30th. The event draws approximately 900 patrons who come together to help raise money for Community Servings by bidding on items included in their amazing silent auction and by dining out at one of the 75 participating restaurants.
Win a pair of tickets to LifeSavor 2015 Tickets LifeSavor2015 start at $200 per person but Community Servings has kicked off a fun contest that could win you a pair of tickets to this program.
Contest Rules are as follows:
1 – Snap a photo at a LifeSavor-participating restaurant (full list of restaurants is included here: lifesavor.org/restaurants).
2- Share it on either Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #LifeSavor2015 and the restaurant name.
NOTE: The contest closes on Thursday, April 23rd at Midnight.
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Contest winners will be selected at random so the more photos you submit the more you increase your chances of winning. If you are not one of the few lucky ones to be selected you can still purchase tickets to the event via the link below.
LifeSavor 2015 at The Langham Boston – Thursday, April 30
Photo courtesy of SELECT Oyster Bar
I don’t typically write about restaurants I’ve yet to visit but my interest is definitely piqued with the recent opening of SELECT Oyster Bar in the Back Bay. I couldn’t be happier to learn that Chef Michael Serpa is using this tiny new space in a Victorian Brownstone on Gloucester Street in the Back Bay to feature local seafood. This all may sound quite similar to one of Boston’s perennial favorite seafood restaurants located in the North End, Neptune Oyster, but that would make sense since Serpa was previously the Executive Chef at Neptune Oyster.
The new restaurant is open for dinner Monday through Sunday with lunch service starting soon. If you’ve been to SELECT already do tell by leaving a comment along with some of your first impressions.
For more information visit their website selectoyster.com.
Earlier today Eater Boston reported that Rebecca Roth Gullo (Owner) and Seth Yaffe (General Manager) of The Gallows South End – will name their new restaurant, Banyan.
Banyan will open later this year in the space formerly home to Hamersley’s Bistro located on the corner of Clarendon Street and Tremont Street.
It was previously reported that Banyan would serve contemporary Asian cuisine with a focus on small plates. While I applaud Rebecca and Seth on opening a new restaurant, I’m not particularly interested in seeing anymore small plate menus. I am starting to equate “small plate” with “spending a fortune and leaving hungry”. However, Rebecca has proven time and again that she knows how to run and manage a successful restaurant so I’ll be watching with curiosity.
Last week Nola’s Fresh Foods stopped by my place with their salsa and chips for me to try out. I should say, while I love free food, I don’t write about it unless I like it. The fact that I think their bean salsa might be the best I’ve ever had made writing this shout out all the more pleasant.
A quick look at their website will tell you that Nola’s is a local company based in Roslindale, MA and more importantly, their products have no preservatives, sugar, oils, artificial color or flavors. Their food is actually vegan and gluten free.
Give this local company a try next time you go shopping
Where you can buy it: Nola’s is sold at Foodies in the South End and Southie and I placed a quick call to the new Whole Foods in the South End and they confirmed they carry these products as well. Nola’s website, nolasfreshfoods.com has a map to point you to the closest store nearest you.
For those of you who regularly traverse A Street in Southie or live near there, you have noticed all the construction going on at 40 West 3rd Street in what was formerly a dilapidated building (or at least that is how it appeared to me).
Last week the owners distributed a press release, indicating their new restaurant named, Coppersmith, is on track to open in late April / early May and they are actively hiring for positions which you can find out more about on their Facebook page here. When complete, the huge space will include outdoor dining space, a full restaurant, separate cafe and food truck.
To stay up to date, like Coppersmith Facebook page here
Stay tuned for more details to follow in the coming weeks. This massive endeavor will bring options to those of you who live and work nearby and enhance the Southie dining scene, bringing more foot traffic and curious foodies like me to the neighborhood.
DINE OUT BOSTON CONTINUES THROUGH MARCH 13th
Winter Dine Out Boston started last week and resumes for its final week today. For more information about 2015 Winter Dine Out Boston, including details about participating restaurants, visit www.bostonusa.com/visit/dineoutboston.
If you have an American Express card, you can get $5 back when you spend $21 or more at Dine Out Boston if you register and use your card. Details about how to register your card here.