A quaint, shamrock-green and wrought iron sign ushers guests into Kirby Kitchen's dining room, where a faux fireplace, crisp white wainscoting, and sepia-toned portraits evoke the feel of an old-fashioned parlor. The eatery’s goal is equally nostalgic: to serve fresh, homemade fare using local ingredients that have never been frozen or taught profanity. Chef Bob Botchie––who received formal training at Le Cordon Bleu––prepares a simple, yet tasteful menu of salads, made-from-scratch soups, and sandwiches, with a focus on comforting classics such as a BLT topped with fried green tomato and a traditional Irish boiled dinner with house-corned beef, vinegar slaw, and sautéed potatoes. The restaurant shares its cozy space with a small market that sells house-made jams, cheeses, pickles, and cured meats, allowing customers to appreciate artisan eats in the comforting glow of their own home hearth.
Modeled after one of Malden's most comforting symbols—its collection of red-brick firehouses–District 7 is a place where patrons can instantly feel at ease, whether ordering a filling meal or just grabbing a beer and watching a game. Today, the restaurant's red-and-black interior envelops guests in a firehouse theme right in Malden Square, where they savor plates of wings or marinated steak tips and sip a selection of conventional and specialty beers poured straight from bar taps—including a Guinness handle atop a miniature fire hydrant. As sports games roll on flat-panel televisions, guests share stories from high-backed booths or toast to the legacy of Smokey the Bear beside a cozy stone fireplace.
As a candy shop, ice cream parlor, bakery, and coffee destination, Maplewood Coffee Shop & Ice Cream has a little something sweet for everyone. In glass jars above the coolers, brightly-colored candy wrappers make a rainbow of options. Meanwhile, the pastry case shelves are lined with a wide variety fresh-baked muffins that pair perfectly with a hot cup of coffee?ground and brewed behind the counter?while scoops of ice cream are offered year-round, even during national gazpacho week.
Michael Falzone is so steeped in Italian culinary traditions that his name rhymes with "calzone." It's been his plight since 1978, when his father opened John's Pizza. Since that time, Michael has made sure that the process for creating each hand-tossed pie hasn't changed much. He still uses his father's recipes for the dough and tomato sauce, and his staff shreds the cheese daily to ensure freshness. Calzones, oven-baked subs, and pastas round out this old-school Italian menu, which also features handy icons, such as a red pepper to indicate spicy items and a thumbs up to designate the most popular choices.
Salvatore Gaglio—Salvo to his friends and family—grew up working in his uncle’s restaurant in Sicily, but he never imagined that he would make a career out of it. In fact, he wanted to pursue a very different calling: music.
As a young adult, Salvo enrolled and gradated from a music conservatory in Palermo, where he studied classical trumpet performance. He then spent the next several years performing with operas and symphonies around Italy. But eventually, Salvo realized that he had enough creativity to pour into another passion, and he returned once more to the kitchen. Today, the executive chef at Volare Revere channels this creativity into his rustic Sicilian and Mediterranean dishes crafted from farm-fresh meats and vegetables.
He adorns pizzas with figs and pancetta and makes his pastas in house before coating them in plum tomato sauces and topping them with creamy Vermont cheddar and lobster. He’s also been known to venture out into the dining room with his trumpet after dinner to play classical songs and “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall.”
Cuisine Type: American/Italian breakfast and lunch
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Omelets, eggs benedicts
Delivery/Takeout Available: Takeout only
Outdoor Seating: No
In addition to satisfying grumbling stomachs with traditional diner breakfast and lunchtime staples?all of which are made to order in house?the chefs at Revere Center Caf? offer more creative options. These include a chicken- or tuna-salad sandwich that replaces the bread with breaded eggplant, or Sazon potato and chicken omelets ?both of which are popular with the customers, according to owner Roger. Classic eats at the restaurant include chocolate-chip pancakes, steak and eggs, burgers, and fresh salads.