Rather than limit themselves to one particular style, the chefs at BonCaldo Restaurant embrace culinary techniques from all 20 regions of Italy. Braised short ribs with creamy polenta, homemade fettuccine in a beef and veal ragu, and brick-oven-baked pizzas represent traditions that span from the calf to the toe of the boot-like peninsula. Even with all of this variation, certain standards remain sacrosanct. The chefs adhere to Old World traditions by wood-firing their dishes and making everything by hand, from mozzarella to meatballs?earning the approval of Phantom Gourmet. A wine list with more than 250 different bottles accompanies the cuisine, many hailing from Italy's vineyards and natural grape-juice springs.
The grand, mansion-like exterior of BonCaldo Restaurant perfectly complements its elegant ambiance. A distinctly Italian mural adorns one wall, adding a vibrant splash of color to the rustic woodwork and tables draped with crisp white linens. Surrounded by tables on all four sides, an open stone fireplace forms a focal point for the dining area even as it spreads warmth to all corners of the room.
As guests pass under Lewis' Restaurant and Grille's festive blue marquee, they enter an inviting world of Americana, with a bar that has been in place for generations and a kitchen offering up the appetizing aroma of freshly baked pizzas and Angus beef burgers. Guests share plates of buttermilk pancakes and eggs benedict during Sunday brunches and savor the tastes of inventive burgers and sandwiches, such as caprese-salad burgers or chicken-pesto sandwiches drizzled with balsamic reduction, all week long. Upscale haddock and salmon entrees satisfy refined palates, and a spread of bar food pleases crowds with chicken-finger baskets, tots, and tuna melts.
Though it has welcomed in families and bar regulars for decades, Lewis' has recently updated its interior with new bamboo flooring in the dining room and crisp dollar bills in the bar's cash register. Patrons regularly join in special events hosted by the bar, such as Tuesday-night trivia, where first-placers win a cash prize.
The comestibles on the menu at A Little Something… are crafted from mostly all-natural ingredients. Most items are made completely from scratch, and low-cholesterol creations are readily available. An ever-changing selection of muffins feeds a steady stream of hungry mouths ($1.75 each). Fresh-baked, low-fat Irish raisin scones ($1.75 each) are traditionally served dipped in warm Guinness while loudly chanting Celtic ballads, but A Little Something… takes a more contemporary route, offering cups of hot flavored coffee instead ($1.55–$1.98). Get your grill on with a multigrain breakfast panini, stuffed with your choice of all-natural ham or bacon, omega-3 eggs, and melted cheese ($4.75), or a hammy Reuben ($6.79) with smoked ham, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing on fresh wholegrain flat bread.
Chef Paul Mancuso, a graduate of Johnson & Wales University's culinary college, curates the restaurant's menu of authentic northern and southern Italian cuisine. An appetizer of arancini, which stitches together English peas, buffalo mozzarella, and ground beef in a fried risotto cake covered in marinara sauce, cordially welcomes palates and their owners to the quaint eatery ($9).
This cozy eatery welcomes growling bellies and their owners, showcasing a menu of classic seafood, chops, burgers, and more in a friendly setting. Warm taste buds on a starter of spicy boneless buffalo tenders ($7.95), or crunch into a Caesar salad to conquer an ambitious appetite ($3.95). For a main course, satiation-seekers can delve into selections such as the Texas BBQ burger, featuring fresh, ground sirloin swaddled with Cajun barbecue sauce and topped with bacon and cheddar ($7.95), or the broiled scallops, spirited from sea to silverware on a sprinkle of lemon butter (14.95). The veal marsala builds a trophy plate that awards diligent mandibles with meat medallions polished with marsala wine and mushrooms ($14.95), and the Steak Dianne, a New York sirloin grilled in seasoned dijon sauce, provides sizzling satisfaction ($14.95). Finish with a slice of sweet Boston cream pie ($3.75), or a sip from the wine list to end the meal on a smooth, grape note. Diners of all ages settle into 204's wooden booths to trade forkfuls or engage in pre-meal shadow puppetry. With high-definition LCD TVs showing local sporting events, guests can tackle plentiful platefuls without missing Tony Award worthy touchdown celebrations or triumphant goal line stands.