The chefs at Gourmet Pizza & Grill dish a menu of fresh and swiftly prepared pies for dine-in, carry-out, or delivery. Refuting the notion that quick food has to be loaded down with grease and old hot-rod tires, the restaurant's crew serves up pizzas with healthful adornments such as chicken, spinach, and mushrooms, alongside the crème de la crème of cured meats—pepperoni and salami. To accompany custom-created pizzas, three types of wings—plain, barbecue, and buffalo—headline a list of appetizers that includes traditional fried favorites such as onion rings and mozzarella sticks. Alternatively, diners can opt for a garden, greek, or antipasto salad.
At Mandarin Milford, talented chefs and servers deliver an expansive menu of seafood, noodles, and savory meats infused with Chinese and Japanese flavors. Like a food fight in the UN cafeteria, the bill of fare intermingles Sino-Japanese cuisines, serving sweet-and-sour Beijing pork tenderloin ($9.50) alongside yam-noodle beef sukiyaki ($14.50). Light, cripsy breadcrumbs cling to juicy cuts of poultry in dishes of chicken katsu ($13.95), while a medley of cabbage, lily flower and egg mingles with meat or tofu in Mandarin moo-shi ($8.50). Fresh sushi placates palates with ponzu-sauced pepper tuna ($8.50) while the Celtic Maki roll immobilizes succulent king crab, lobster, mango, and tempura flakes in the iron-clad grip of a soybean wrap ($13.95).
Fresco's serves up a tongue-tantalizing menu of authentic Italian fare in a casual atmosphere. Diners stretch taste buds in anticipation with freshly prepared appetizers such as cheesy pesto garlic bread blanketed in tomatoes, mozzarella, and pesto ($4.99), or steamed native mussels peaceably hot-tubbing in a white-wine garlic broth ($8.99). Noshers of noodles can partake of a mouthwatering main course of homemade pasta carbonara, alfredo-sauced penne tossed with sautéed chicken fillets, mushrooms, peas, and bacon ($15.99), while meat-lovers cut canines on the carnivorous veal marsala adorned with rich wine sauce ($17.99).
When Michael Tobins opened The Marathon Restaurant at North Pond, he told the MetroWest Daily News that he and his wife, Megan, "wanted to open a restaurant in [their] hometown and offer something Hopkinton needs—something that has a wide spectrum." Now, whether diners are looking for a casual family lunch or an upscale steak dinner, they can find it in one of The Marathon Restaurant’s three separate areas: the fancier downstairs space, the more casual upstairs room, or the bar.
In the kitchen, chefs whip up entrees such as house-marinated sirloin tips, beer-battered haddock, and steak and wild mushroom ravioli lavished with mushroom brandy cream sauce. Those seeking a more laid-back feast can dive into sandwiches, including lobster clubs stacked with applewood bacon, or load build-your-own burgers with gruyère, guacamole, barbecue pulled pork, or sauerkraut. Meanwhile, at the bar, servers tap draft brews and pour wine for diners to savor with their meals or gargle with afterward.
Kickboxing classes deliver a knee to the face of fat, burning up to 860 calories an hour with the high-energy striking moves of martial arts and boxing. All four limbs get in on the bag-bludgeoning action at iLoveKickboxing as each class provides a full-body workout that tones arm, leg, and tentacle muscles while tightening the body’s core and improving balance. Hitting the heavy bags won't skin your knuckles once you don the included boxing gloves, which also double as excellent spring-loaded props for re-creating Three Stooges gags.
After sliding across the soft leather of a horseshoe-shaped booth or finding a spot on the sunshine-dappled patio, visitors can begin their journey through Incontro’s award-winning Italian dishes and wines. The upscale yet cozy restaurant inhabits the recently restored, 14,000-square-foot historic Brookdale Mill, with a dining room, lounge, billiards room, and private banquet rooms offering multifarious settings for romantic dinners, receptions, or celebratory meals following the end of a grueling pasta strike. Incontro's chefs prepare much more than just pasta, however: they also crisp Napoletana-style pizzas in a wood-fired oven; arrange parmesan-crusted pork tenderloin beside porcini risotto and garlicky spinach; and grill citrus-spiced salmon until the fish’s bathing suit completely burns off.