Bar Mezzana opened this past spring in the South Ends new Ink Block development boasting an ultra modern atmosphere with sleek white subway tiled walls and crisp blue banquets. To match the glossy, airy space, Chef Colin Lynch is serving simple yet elegant Coastal Italian cuisine - beautiful crudos, thoughtful, approachable crositini and soulful homemade pasta.
What we devoured (next time, more crudo is necessary!):
Crudo: Salmon with green chile salsa verde ($12)
Crostini: Chicken Liver, bacon, onion ($10)
Cocktails: Five Days of Milan ($12) Mad River Revolution Rye, meletti 1870, meletti amaro /
Stirred Beetle ($12) St George Terror gin, bruto americano, cocchi americano rosa
Homemade Pastas: Orecchiette ($21) sausage, fennel, radicchio / Farro Tagliatelle ($22) duck ragout.
Dessert: Affogatto ($5)
Boston Magazine recently came out with their Top 25 New Restaurants of 2016 - a list I look forward to perusing to see which of my favorites made the cut and which restaurants I need to add to my list for 2017! Bar Mezzana comes in strong at #7. I concur - the food and the hospitality in this space are worth the hype.
And because I am constantly getting asked for Boston favorites - new spots to take out of town guests, date nights, you name it - check out the new restaurants I am a big fan of that made the critics list, too!
#18: Branch Line / #17: Little Big Diner / #11: Tiger Mama / #7.Yvonne's / #5: Little Donkey / #3: Waypoint / #2. SRV /
Restaurant goals for 2017 include - #1: Uni / #4: Mamaleh's / #9: Juliet / #12: The Table at Season to Taste / #14: Saltie Girl / #20: Ganko Ittetsu Ramen / Plus: Asta, Cafe Sushi, Giulia, Hojoko + Shephard.
Since we're on a roll - Boston Magazine's annual list of the best in town - 50 Best Restaurants in Boston is worth a glance. I'm digging deep into the blogs archives for some of these....so if you need a recommendation, enjoy! Alden + Harlow / B&G Oysters / Banyan Bar + Refuge / Bergamot / Bistro di Midi / Brewers Fork / Coppa / Craigie on Main / Erbaluce / Grill 23 / Island Creek Oyster Bar / Kirkland Tap + Trotter / La Brasa / Mei Mei / Menton / Myers + Chang / Neptune Oyster / No. 9 Park / Oleana / O Ya / Row 34 / Sarma / Select Oyster Bar / Shojo / Strip T's / Sweet Cheeks / Sycamore / Toro.
What were your favorite Boston restaurant openings this year and where do you want to eat in 2017?!
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