Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tuscan Kitchen | Grand Opening

At the Grand Opening of Tuscan Kitchen and Market, the owner, Joe Faro, makes it a point to individually greet the large number of guests as they mingle before dinner. Faro grew up in a traditional Italian household and made his foray into the business at a young age selling his own homemade pasta. The deeply rooted traditions continue at his second location to open in Burlington, MA (the original resides in Salem, NH). In the kitchen, the bread is made from scratch and baked in a stone hearth, the meats and fish roasted on a wood grill, pizzas are fired in a wood oven and yes, the pastas are still hand rolled. Meanwhile, the market sells delectable Italian goods like pastas, olive oils and unique balsamic vinegars with an adjoining cafe counter offering pastries, gelato and specialty coffee drinks. They are doing a lot in a massive space, in a location adjacent to uniform office parks. The results so far are well-received, and the grand opening party a delicious success.  

Upon arrival we were greeted with glasses of prosecco and parmigiano reggiano, sliced fresh from a giant wheel and drizzled in balsamic. As we made our way into the bar and lounge area, antipasti were passed, martinis were poured, and a gorgeous plated appetizer station beckoned. There was everything from homemade buratta, affettati misti: porchetta and prosciutto, fig jam, local truffle honey, roasted vegetables and artisian stone hearth breads. I sipped a refreshing cocktail called The Tuscan made with Stoli, muddled basil, lime juice and sugar.

After everyone was seated for dinner, we started with a duo of pastas; Canneloni di Vitello - thin sheets of rosemary pasta stuffed with slow braised veal breast, spinach and tuscan bean mista, and Truffled Mascarpone Gnocci with wood roasted mushrooms, fava beans and shaved pecorino tartufo. These pasta creations elicited high praise all around; the Canneloni was my favorite dish of the evening. The secondi course brought our choice of Pan Roasted Cod with an herb leek butter crust and rock shrimp in a sweet pea saffron risotto, or Filetto di Manzo a 10oz aged wood grilled filet with carmelized garlic, tuffled parmesan fingerlings and a brussels sprout and panchetta slaw.

Guests were sent off to the market's Caffe Toscano for farewell coffee, pastry and gelato. I got an espresso and a scoop of vanilla with a scoop of tiramisu, a sweet ending to a wonderful evening!

Tuscan Kitchen
 24 New England Executive Park
Burlington, MA 01803


  1. Dear Daisy, What a beautifully delicious experience. I could have simply eaten that wonderful looking bread and would have been happy!!
    Blessings, Catherine

  2. I love the Tuscan Kitchen in Salem, NH (we had my sister's baby shower there!) and I'm super excited the Burlington one is open as it's pretty close to me!


  3. I'm bummed I had to miss this. Everything looks great!

  4. Wish I had been able to make it to this event. That gnocchi sounds incredible!

  5. A martini in hand, a smile on your face and lots of incredible foods to eat. What could be better

  6. This looks positively delicious! Nice to have a new place to meet people in Burlington other than the Cheesecake Factory!