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A stone fireplace dominates one corner of The Pasta Factory's dining area, giving the space a homey ambiance that complements Tuscan-yellow walls and international comfort foods. Using an eclectic mix of Italian, American, and Asian recipes, the chefs spend mealtimes blanching pastas, sautéing cuts of sirloin steak, and hand-polishing each sesame seed. The kitchen also strives to keep its cuisine fresh by making marinara, pesto, and fiery general tso's sauces in-house.
Amid cheerful lime-green and exposed-brick walls, The Chopping Block’s stylists create precision haircuts, color tresses with Wella hair color, and tame frizzy locks with texturizing treatments. The salon features Paul Mitchell products, and also offers facial waxing to remove unwanted hair or add manly heft to the jaw of a waxwork Nicolas Cage.
From alongside steaming ceramic coffee pots, gluten-free Ethiopian and Eritrean dishes at Abyssinian Ethiopian Restaurant radiate imported spices. In the golden glow of wall sconces, sautéed beef and chicken morsels marinate in butter, cardamom, and fresh ginger. Patrons sop up savory remnants with warm injera, an East African flatbread made from high-protein teff flour that lets fingers grab food, unlike trying to grab a frustratingly realistic painting of fruit. Meals flanked by complimentary portions of collards parade to tables, and caterers cruise past with brimming portions for meetings and shindigs.
Recognized in 2007 as one of Gourmet magazine's Best Farm-to-Table Restaurants, Route 7's Promethean prep chefs wield fire, smoke, and sauce to create a hearty menu featuring naturally raised meat from local and small-family farms. Sauce scientists atomically balance pulled pork with the highly calibrated Route 7 barbecue blend, imbuing the customary tang with an aroma of fired hickory, alongside a pair of made-from-scratch sides ($18). Baby-back ribs embrace shameless fingers and eager palates with their sticky sweetness, often receiving collar-staining hugs in return ($28). Grilled pork chops arrive at tables propped up by drifts of cheddar-poblano smashed potatoes and apple-kraut ($18), and octuplets of house-smoked chicken wings spew spicy fumes from slow-cooked nibbles bathed in buffalo, smoked-barbecue, or habanero-barbecue sauce ($10). The house salad outfits local greens with Vermont cheddar, apples, and smoked almonds under a flavorful blanket of the chef's signature maple-bacon vinaigrette ($7).