At Cafe Eleganza, owner TJ Pugliese oversees the creation of regional Italian dishes supplemented with daily baked breads and seasonal ingredients whenever possible. The chicken cacciatore bathes in a house marinara sauce as it mingles with olives, bell peppers, and mushrooms, and plates of handmade lobster ravioli sport a palate-pleasing sauce made from butter, sherry, and lemon. Intimately lit by hanging lamps, Cafe Eleganza's dining room boasts such stately touches as crisp white and green tablecloths, iridescent drapes, and artfully folded napkins. The restaurant hosts live music on the weekends and open-mic nights on Thursday; an outdoor patio allows diners to enjoy their meals while keeping an eye out for any unscheduled satellite launches.
Named for the friendship of restaurateurs Abelardo Gallego, Manuel Vazquez, and Andres Cervantes, according to Wicked Local, Three Amigos crafts a menu of familiar Mexican specialties, each tailored to taste homemade by including fresh, natural ingredients, often from local sources. Seafood dishes abound as morsels of shrimp and scallops take on traditional south-of-the-border spices in the form of chipotle, jalapeño, and poblano peppers. Meanwhile, five styles of enchiladas swim in colorful sauces including the signature mole, which RocklandNews.com calls "punchy" and "genuine" with "plenty of sweet and savory flavors." Ten types of margaritas extinguish mouth fires caused by peppery spices and attempts to install rear molars with mood lighting, and a bevy of Mexican desserts crown meals in sweetness. In the dining room, soft lights illuminate vivid orange walls emblazoned with paintings of cacti, and curtain-lined booths lavish diners with a prime listening space for live music and standup comedy.
Harnessing techniques passed down from their family's first generation of haircutters in Italy in the late 1800s, the Zona clan continues garnering acclaim for its hairstyling prowess, including a spot in the hair salon category of Boston Magazine's Best of Boston 2009. Today, the family of hair experts trims tresses alongside graduates of the salon's three-phase training program. Trainees also brush up on shearing skills at advanced academies in London and New York before adroitly shaping their clientele’s hair, fashioning stylish updo's, and executing full color transformations with an extensive stock of Aveda products. The salon's three locations bring their styling prowess to neighborhoods around town, making it easier to look good than to persuade others your split ends are intentional.