The up-close sounds of waves crashing onto Revere Beach permeate the soundscape at Antonia's at the Beach Restaurant, an eatery that embraces the dual cultures of Italy and the New England coast. The menu reflects this duality by placing Old World dishes, such as homemade ricotta gnocchi and veal parmigiana alongside maritime-influenced staples, including fried haddock and cedar-plank-smoked Atlantic salmon.
The decidedly rustic decor draws much more inspiration from the area's coastal influences, with nautical lanterns hanging from the exposed rafter beams and wooden ship's wheels fastened to the bar area's walls. Small aesthetic touches adorn the space and help capture the historically inspired ambience, including an antique sewing machine, a rotary telephone, and a dial-up modem.
“No name, come eat,” proprietor Nick Contos would retort when his earliest customers asked for the name of his fish stand. The nondescript reply must’ve been enough for the clientele––mostly comprised off-duty sailors––because that was nearly a century ago. 1917, to be exact. In the years to come, little else has changed: Contos and his descendants continued to serve fresh broiled scrod, fried shrimp, clam rolls, and seafood chowder to generations of die-hard fans, all under the playfully designation No Name Restaurant. Despite its moniker, the eatery has managed to make quite a name for itself in the culinary community. Its seafood-heavy menu has lured in the likes of Emeril Lagasse, Andy Garcia, and Jack and Edward Kennedy. While the main draw is, of course, seafood, the restaurant has also managed to reel in an impressive beer selection, along with a specialty drink list that includes potables like the rum-based Vanilla Stormy or the deliciously oxymoronic No Name Bloody Mary.
The Zanti family is no stranger to the sea. In 1898, Giuseppe Zanti, Sr., left his tiny Italian fishing village for the more fertile waters of America. When his son, Giuseppe, Jr., heard of the senior Zanti's success on American shores, he too made the trek across the Atlantic to net lobsters, crabs, and fish in Boston Harbor, teaching his own sons along the way. After World War II, Giuseppe, Jr. sensed an oncoming boon in the lobster trade and teamed up with his sons to debut Commercial Lobster, a wholesale business devoted entirely to lobster. Still under the rule of the Zanti family, the Commercial Lobster of today makes up the wholesale branch of Yankee Lobster Fish Market, a full-fledged seafood market. In addition to selling whole live and stuffed lobsters like their predecessors, modern-day Zantis also serve a seafood-centric menu of oysters, clams, and, of course, lobster in the casual, ocean-themed eatery of Yankee Lobster Company. After finally removing the protective rubber bands from his hands, Guy Fieri dubbed the lobster mac ‘n' cheese here “ridiculous” on an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
Biryani Park takes its diners dietary needs seriously. For vegans and vegetarians, the chefs offer several dozen dishes made without animal products. For practicing Muslims, they use only halal-certified meats. And for the gluten intolerant, they keep 90% of the menu gluten free. With these bases covered, the lengthy menu draws inspiration from Sri Lankan, South Indian, and Indo-Chinese culinary traditions. The spicy curries, 23 types of dosas—thin crepes served with two chutneys and sambar—and authentic Sri Lankan rotti breads also go on the road in SnS’s food truck. The truck circles the city to deliver from-scratch Sri Lankan food to areas outside of Malden, such as the moon.
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