Tag Archives: Dining

Area Four opens in the South End

area-four-dining-roomArea Four first opened as a casual restaurant in Kendall Square in Cambridge in May 2011. Since that time it has remained a popular neighborhood restaurant best known for their pizza and commitment to using locally harvested ingredients. On Friday, October 21st the owners opened a new location in the Troy in Boston’s South End.

I really like the look and layout of the space. The restaurant has a large bar in the back, open kitchen and soaring ceilings. I’m happy to say that the food and service was also very good. The menu is divided into three sections: 10″ PIZZAS which range in price from $13-$20; VEGETABLES (think of them as appetizers or sides) that range from $6-$13; and MEAT & FISH which I found the most confounding in part because these “dinner options” range so wildly in price from a Smoked Trout Salad for $13 to a Whole Fish & Chips for $40.

Area Four South End

Brussels Sprouts & Kale $12

I started dinner with the Brussels Sprouts & Kale Salad for $12 which included candied hazelnuts, red onion and shaved pecorino and lemon. The shredded vegetables along with the citrus and nuts was delicious and made me think of the summer, but will be a plate I continue to order well into the winter months.

Shown below are the traditional Magherita Pizza with tomato, mozzarella, pecorino and basil – this was light and flavorful; the Shitake Mushroom & Fontina Pizza which had a creamy / earthy taste and was my favorite; followed by the Wellfleet Clam & Bacon Pizza that tasted salty initially from the bacon but finished with a nice kick thanks to the hot peppers.

10" Area Four Margherita Pizza $13

10″ Margherita Pizza $13

A10″ Shitake Mushroom & Fontina Pizza $17

10" Wellfleet Clam & Bacon Pizza $18

10″ Wellfleet Clam & Bacon Pizza $18

I predict that Area Four is going to be a popular destination for pizza lovers who live in the neighborhood. The bar is large and inviting and the service on the main dining room floor on the night we were there was efficient and casual. Add this to your list of new restaurants to check out. They have a full bar with cocktails, wines by the bottle and glass as well as a solid beer selection.

Area Four is located at The Troy Boston at 264 East Berkeley Street, Boston and is open 7-days a week for dinner from 5 – 11pm (the bar is open until 2am). You can call ahead for reservations at (857) 317-4805.

The NYT spends 36 Hours in Cambridge

Last week the New York Times wrote a nice article about Boston’s neighbor, Cambridge, MA. While I might make different suggestions on what to do and experience, I thought this was a great article showcasing one of America’s oldest and most unique places to visit. If you are planning a trip to Boston, make time to cross the river and enjoy all that Cambridge has to offer.

Dinner with Chef Danko in Provincetown

Post dinner selfie with Chef Danko and longtime friend, XXXXXXX

Post dinner selfie with Sergio, Chef Danko and his longtime friend, Patty Whelen

Provincetown never ceases to surprise. Our most recent trip last week for Carnival is a good example.  We’ve been going to Ptown for so long it would be safe to say that we have our routines but there always seems to be a twist or surprise; maybe that is part of Provincetown’s appeal.  This year when friends said they had a friend who was an amazing cook who was having a casual get together deep in the East End we tagged along not expecting much.

Imagine our surprise when the friend happened to be Chef Gary Danko, a celebrated chef who spent years running award-winning kitchens in the Bay Area, including Beringer Vineyards and The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco.

Sipping wine in the East End before a delicious dinner

Sipping wine in the East End before a delicious dinner

After passing a pleasant hour outside meeting dinner guests as they walked back from the center of town, we were invited to dinner. My only regret from the entire dinner was that I didn’t pace myself better or bring a better camera to capture how beautiful everything was.

Chef Danko’s “casual dinner” for twenty was easily my best I’ve had in Provincetown. What a treat to get a chance to spend time with Gary in his kitchen and to watch him entertain. While I realize not everyone has the same chance that we did, his self named San Francisco restaurant, has received raves from the likes of the NY Times and may be a place you’d like to put on your list of places to try the next time you visit the Bay Area.

Chef Gary Danko Provincetown Dinner

Post Carnival lobster dinner with more sides than I can count

Photo Credit: Michael Boots

Photo Credit: Michael Boots

Photo Credit: Michael Boots

Photo Credit: Michael Boots

For more about Gary, his cooking and his successful restaurant: garydanko.com.

Enjoy national oyster day with $1 oysters

National Oyster Day, shellfish, seafood

Boston’s Ocean Prime is serving $1 oysters all day today to celebrate

Apparently today is National Oyster Day and to celebrate number of Boston area restaurants are serving $1 oysters all day. The gorgeous photo is courtesy of the Boston Ocean Prime restaurant, that told me about this great excuse to enjoy your favorite bivalves earlier this week. I wanted to encourage you to stop by the restaurant should you be in the area and enjoy their $1 oysters.

Earlier this summer EaterBoston also created a map of places you can get $1 oysters in their June post The Ultimate $1 Oyster Guide for Summer 2016.

Aquitaine Boston reopens in South End

Aquitaine BostonLast week Aquitaine Boston reopened with a Bastille Day celebration that Sergio and I attended. After closing earlier this year to renovate the 20 year old restaurant, their opening was highly anticipated to say the least. The most notable changes to the restaurant include a private dining section in the space formerly occupied by the tiny wine bar and moving the redesigned 11-seat pewter bar to the left of the newly monogrammed floor entrance.

The restaurant is much lighter. The black and burgundy color scheme has been replaced by French oak paneling and brass antique lighting, but perhaps the most appreciated change by patrons will be the second bathroom. Aquitaine has proposed a 14-seat outdoor patio but that may not be a reality until next summer. The menu remains largely the same, with the exception that their lunch special, featuring many of their plates for $12.95 is not currently being offered.

Sergio & Chef Chef Bob Krajewski

Sergio & Chef Chef Bob Krajewski

Aquitaine plat du jour

Plat du Jour

Aquitaine Bar courtesy of Aquitaine Boston

Aquitaine Bar courtesy of Aquitaine Boston

Aquitaine entrance courtesy of Aquitaine Boston

Aquitaine monogrammed entrance courtesy of Aquitaine Boston

Survey says Boston has the highest average meal prices in U.S.

Chef CookingIf you think dining in Boston is getting more expensive you would be correct based on the findings of a recent survey published by Alignable Main Street Insights that was based on research done by First Data.

According to the findings, Boston ranks as the most expensive city in the United States with the average meal price of $44.02.  That price point also made Boston the city with the highest weekly revenue transactions for restaurants, despite only ranking only 5th in the number of average weekly transactions. restaurant, diningFor all of you who want to read more about the survey findings, which ranked and compared the 25 biggest cities in America, click here.

Boston Jerkfest and rum tasting in South End

butt, ass, arse, Jamaica, gayBoston Jerkfest South EndThis year Boston JerkFest has expanded and is a 2-day festival that will take place this Friday and Saturday at the Ben Franklin Institute of Technology at 41 Berkeley Street in the South End.

The outdoor festival features  Jamaican jerk spiced food and all things spicy and hot as well as a rum and brew tasting on Friday, June 24th from 6:00 – 9:30 pm. The event will include live music, unlimited tastings of rum, local craft beer and several Caribbean inspired drinks. Click here to get discounted tickets for Saturday only on goldstar.com.

To get tickets for Friday and the Rum & Brew Tasting visit the official event website, bostonjerkfest.com.