Honey-hued drapes span wall-to-wall windows. Polished silverware glimmers in the glow from dangling strings of lights and tiny wall sconces. Ristorante Pavarotti's Italian-born owner, Massimo, knows that little touches like this make a huge difference, whether you’re decorating a restaurant to create romantic ambiance or crafting authentic Italian cuisine. White tablecloths warm beneath veal and fresh seafood in red- and white-wine reductions, and other traditional dishes on the menu ramp up with gourmet ingredients such as artichokes, truffle oil, and pecorino cheese. Between bites of homemade fusilli or lobster and crab ravioli, guests can ask a server to suggest a bottle of wine to transport their senses to Italy, or a genie in a bottle to transport their physical bodies there.
Inside swissb?kers, guests wont find standard bakery goods. Instead, everything there is authentically Swiss?including the founders, Helene and Thomas, who may even stop by your table. Baked fresh every morning with no additives or artificial ingredients using recipes created by Helene Stohr, traditional Swiss Berliners as well as sweet and savory croissants line the pastry cases alongside beautiful cakes and tarts. Other fresh-baked goods include a variety of breads like original pretzel rolls and Choco Weggli, treats like traditional cookies, and more hearty quiches and soups. Swissb?kers also prepares a weekend brunch of m?seli eggs, bacon, challah Swiss toast, and fresh fruit. For larger groups, catering is available, delivering platters of Swiss-style cookies and breakfasts to offices or Y2K bunkers that ran out of food.
Café Jag's chefs cater to discerning palates with fresh-made Italian pastas, seafood, and grilled meats. Dining bands collaboratively scour the dinner menu before harmonizing their orders of appetizers such as the Maryland crab cakes, dunked in house-made rémoulade sauce. The grilled rack of lamb tickles taste buds with a french-cut slab of meat and accompanies veggies as they careen down digestive canals. As soft light spills across multihued paintings and light cocoa ceilings, chefs house ocean-torn savories in the lobster ravioli, decorating pasta walls with a sherry-cream reduction and ricotta padding. An ever-rotating selection of desserts, including an oft-available five-layer red-velvet-and-chocolate-lava cake, coddles teeth with the sweet softness of a cloud of gummy bears.
Owner and chef Arthur Pereira refuses to choose between Italian and Portuguese cuisine, so he fills his menu with iconic dishes from both countries instead. He and his chefs make pesto in-house, hand-roll every batch of gnocchi, and stuff each ravioli with ricotta cheese or lobster. They also replicate Portugal's signature seafood stew, mariscada, by filling a pot with a bountiful catch of clams, mussels, shrimp, calamari, and scallops, then poaching the tender morsels in a Portuguese-style sauce with peppers, onions, and diced tomatoes.
Vine-laced trellises cover the dining room's ceiling, creating the ambiance of a rustic patio overlooking the Mediterranean's world-famous icebergs. Orange tablecloths and Tuscan-yellow walls fit into this intimate theme with their romantic, sunset-like colors.
For more than 30 years, Countryside Deli, Pizzeria & Caterers has mastered a vast menu of comfort dishes from America and Italy. Diners stroll up to the counter in Countryside's simple dining room to order hot or cold sandwiches, cheesy pizzas, or plates of gnocchi with eggplant and mushrooms. Its catering selection is equally diverse, featuring trays full of tortellini alfredo, chicken marsala, and eggplant rollatini, as well as sandwich platters and giant subs perfect for serving a bunch of fans watching a football game or one football player after a football game.
If anyone asks why it's called The Ship Restaurant, they've never been there. Although landlocked in Lynnfield, The Ship has nearly everything necessary to set sail: two masts with rigging, a sturdy bowsprit, a red hull that looks ready to embrace the sea, and a deck where the ship's Captain once carved small sailboats out of wood with a jackknife. That man was Captain James F. Wilkinson, a retired sea captain began his landlubbing life with a small refreshment stand. In 1963, Captain combined his dreams of building his own ship and his own restaurant when he launched The Ship Restaurant.
Although his eatery will never set sail, passengers who cross the gangplank and board the vessel can experience the culinary adventures of a seafaring captain such as tropical cocktails and dishes that taste as if they'd come straight from Thailand, the Amalfi Coast, and The Caribbean. Guests can opt for entrees such as the cajun-spiced salmon or New England favorites that include the fisherman's platter or baked cod. As customers dine, they can look out the restaurant's portholes, bask in the romantic light of the lanterns swinging over head, and dictate their personal captain's log to their date.