Despite its upscale Sicilian menu (think calamari meatballs), down-home touches truly characterize The Daily Catch. Fish and shellfish largely hail from the nets and hooks of local fishermen, but restaurant staffers take care of cleaning and processing. The resulting dishes are crafted almost entirely from scratch and often served in skillets.
As the seasons change, so too do the styles. The stylists at Bangs of Boston understand that the haircut that gets you through the winter might not be the one that makes a splash during your spring debut. That’s why they consult with each client before the first snip, collaborating to craft a new cut that’s both fashionable and functional. From traditional to funky, they can create any desired look, and provide Keratin treatments and Brazilian blowouts in addition to cuts and colors. Plant-derived Aveda haircare products enhance the already relaxing styling experience with whiffs of soothing scents like rosemary mint, signifying the botanical therapies taking place within the serums.
In the kitchen at Ristorante Euno, the chefs forge a Zagat-rated menu that also embraces the homespun spirit of the Sicilian countryside. Beginning with seasonal produce and locally sourced seafood, they remain true to Italian culinary traditions by making everything from fresh pastas to sweet sausage in-house. The wine list complements the hearty food with its selection of crisp whites and full-bodied reds from throughout Italy as well as from the vineyards of California, Washington State, Oregon, New Zealand, and France.
Walls of exposed brickwork and Tuscan plaster, a cellar featuring cubbies of wine bottles, and French windows with views of the bustling street all contribute to the restaurant's cozy, Old World bistro ambiance. Such an ambiance led Gayot to hail the two-story eatery as, "one of the neighborhood?s more genuinely charming spots." The Sicilian-influenced restaurant beckons passersby with a vintage sign hanging beside the front door, inviting them to a dining room that manages to feel rustic and intimate, yet refined at the same time.
Even with a plethora of restaurants to choose from in Boston’s North End, Il Villaggio manages to stand out, and not just because of its prime location on Hanover Street. The glassy restaurant offers Mediterranean-leaning takes on classic Italian dishes, like a semolina gnocchi served with creamy pesto sauce. With white tablecloths on a small number of tables, Italian wine bottles placed carefully on skewed shelves and chandeliers that look like freshly trimmed branches, the homey restaurant also serves up classic Italian comfort food from its open kitchen in the back. The chefs here use fresh mozzarella and churn out generous portions of lobster ravioli, chicken parmesan andlasagna to the masses that always seem to be queuing up out front.
Step down from its Salem Street entrance into the small North End Fish Market, also known as the Mercato del Mare. The place may be hard to spot at first, but look for the steady stream of hungry locals desperate for a cup of hot New England clam chowder, a lobster roll or sushi – nigiri, sashimi, maki and specialty rolls are all on offer – made by the on-hand sushi chef. Each order is taken to go, as there is no seating inside the market, but that’s ok; the main focus here is the fish market anyway. Look for an impressive daily selection of fresh seafood that varies depending on seasonal availability, with rotating stock that may include halibut, bass, cod, swordfish, haddock and mahi mahi. The shop also offers free oyster shucking lessons every Saturday.