Five decades ago, Kirio Pantelis wheeled a wooden cart around Kalamata, Greece, peddling syrupy sweets to locals. Today, his son and daughter-in-law oversee the American patisserie and café that evolved from these humble roots, nestled in both Brookline and Brighton. The bakery pays homage to its heritage with walnut-studded cakes and tarts that echo back to communal baking in wood-burning Greek ovens, though the shop draws from all over Europe for luxurious ingredients such as chocolate genoise, poached Turkish apricots, and Belgian cocoa. Puffed éclairs, petits fours, and fruit tartlets evoke the patisseries of Paris, and the bakery’s from-scratch gelato transports tasters to Italy without the hassle of concentrating hard enough to teleport.
Along with these sugary delicacies, the Brighton location also dishes up savory, Mediterranean-inspired fare at a café with marble tabletops and loft ceilings. Diners here fork into cold poached salmon, munch on paninis layered with gruyere or house orange-scented sausage, and savor cold sandwiches filled with roasted pancetta.
Papa John's has carefully crafted a menu of specialty pizzas to satisfy any taste or mouth shape. Order a Hawaiian BBQ Chicken, or go all-out and get The Works, a top-heavy combination of pepperoni, ham, spicy Italian sausage, fresh-sliced onions, green peppers, gourmet baby portabella mushrooms, and ripe black olives. Satisfy herbivores and herbivoyeurs with a Tuscan Six-Cheese or Garden Fresh pie. The full list of specialty pizzas includes several more; take the hassle out of haggling over individual ingredients and boldly cast your straight-ticket ballot for the pizza party that your conscious dictates.
Moogy's Sandwich Shop was born from its owners' love of their hometown Philadelphia and the sandwiches made there. Today, more than 15 years later, that once-small eatery has expanded to twice its original size with specialty sandwiches forming the core of its menu. Many feature playful names as well as unorthodox combinations of ingredients: the Moogalopagus comes piled with salami, bologna, and spiced ham, while the Mother and Daughter Reunion is filled with fried chicken and egg. Burgers, such as the Reuben with sauerkraut and Russian dressing, or the Mushaki with mushrooms and teriyaki sauce, also push the limits of culinary convention. To complement these mains, Moogey's tops crispy fries with toppings that range from Old Bay seasoning to beef chili.
Inside their quirky space, guests can socialize with a sandwich and beer sitting at a 50-foot bar or around a cozy fireplace. The space is also equipped with board games that give patrons a way to unwind before a meal or gather vital insider knowledge to prepare for their upcoming vacation to Candyland.
Since 1988, DiningIn has continually given back time to busy people with our revolutionary restaurant delivery service. Working with local neighborhood favorites and national brands, DiningIn offers its customers food delivery from restaurants that go beyond pizza to some of the best restaurants in their town.
For three decades, the chefs at Aegean Restaurant have skillfully sautéed and seared authentic Greek cuisine. Although prices vary slightly at each location, both the Framingham and Watertown menus boast an array of traditional treats such as mousaka—towering stories of wind-resistant eggplant mortared with cheese and béchamel sauce ($12.95–$14.95)—and stuffed grape leaves ($12.95–$15.95). Specialties range from sautéed shrimp blanketed in melted feta ($16.95–$19.95) to skewered lamb souvlaki ($12.95–$16.95), which playfully fences with a swashbuckling squadron of seasonings. Diners sup comfortably at tables draped in crisp white tablecloths in the restaurant's spacious dining rooms, which can accommodate large groups for corporate meetings or Trojan War reenactments.
Marilda Kocibelli paints leaves all day. Rather than brushes and pigments, however, her tools are steamed milk and coffee. She runs Dolce Vita Café, a casual oasis of handcrafted espresso drinks, cozy little tables, and sandwiches and pastries. Marilda and her staff serve hot, Italian-inspired paninis, such as the carmine, with fresh mozzarella and prosciutto, as well as the tonno siciliano, featuring imported tuna. Hot mugs of lattes and dark-roast coffee bookend meals. The cafe also conveniently provides free wireless Internet.