Bonos Pizzeria Grille puts its own gourmet spin on Italian culinary tradition. In an open kitchen, executive chef Anthony Guerriero and his team use local ingredients to craft specialties such as slow-braised short ribs with pappardelle, fingerling potatoes, and peas, and juicy burgers crowned with Boursin cheese and wine-poached pears. They also layer pizzas with specialty toppings such as fig jam and hand-picked lobster before firing the pies over flaming Maine hardwoods. A children’s menu offers kid-friendly options like peanut butter and jelly pizza.
Woks have sizzled in the kitchen of Chia Sen Chinese Restaurant ever since 1998, when the Wu family—originally from Taiwan—first opened the restaurant. In the woks, they prepare Taiwanese specialties such as pineapple shrimp fried in egg starch, and Chinese favorites such as general tso's chicken or sizzling peppercorn beef. Each dish is made to order, and is flavored with fragrant spices rather than MSG. Gluten-free and vegetarian menus are available. Pair your meal with one of the spot's specialty cocktails.
After bringing their family across the pond from Milano to Maine, restaurateurs Fabiana de Savino and Enrico Barbiero wasted no time in opening Paciarino. There, pasta made daily by Barbiero "raises the bar for pasta," according to the New York Times. “His tender ravioli are stuffed with sweet local shrimp and haddock, and his spaghetti is hand-stretched and perfectly cooked,” the reporter continued. The chef draws from a palette of imported Taggiasche olives, garlic from Sicily, and peppers, mozzarella, and salamis from around Italy. When possible, the produce is sourced from organic farms, and the selection of seafood, like a neighbor’s level of anger at your Halloween display, depends on the season.
Paciarino's airy interior keeps the mood light and focused on the cuisine, which is complemented by red and white wine. “You can hear a surprising amount of Italian language among the diners,” said a writer for The Boston Globe after a visit, “ and everyone seems a little more cheerful than they did when they walked in."
By morning, it's a breakfast hub known as The Good Egg Café. During lunch and dinner, the festively colored space, draped in twinkling string lights, turns into Pepperclub Restaurant. Entering the eatery is like stepping into a crayon box; the walls are painted in a lively palette of oranges, purples, blues and reds. Though the globally inspired menu draws on local seafood, beef, and lamb for Indian curries and Greek recipes, vegan and vegetarian dishes such as baked and stuffed jalapeños, veggie burgers, and asiago risotto cakes with portobello are also plentiful. After finishing off complimentary homemade bread, patrons ease sugar cravings with a handmade chocolate cake, or ease sunburns by applying cool vegan tapioca directly onto the sun.
The Merry Tables wines and dines its patrons with an abundance of classic French cuisine and toast-ready quaffs. Peruse the restaurant’s métier, their crêpe menu, to indulge in an appetizing array of sweet and savory thin French pancakes. Delve forks into the saumon crepe, a piquant collaboration of boursin cheese, smoked salmon, red onion, eggs, and capers ($12.95), or the delectable suzette crepe, replete with sugar, butter, orange, Grand Marnier, and the citrusy zest of bicorn hats ($6.95). Auxiliary lunch fare fills grumbling belly boxes with foodstuffs such as an onion soup crock, whose flavorful layers peel back to reveal the concentric crocks within ($6.25). Vino venture capitalists may stake claims in the wine menu, and the extensive menu of beverages appeals to brunchers by boasting $5 mimosas and Bloody Marys on Sundays.
Chefs at Hi Bombay have honed recipes for curry, vindaloo, and spicy masala over the course of 23 years, yielding a carefully spiced menu of Northern Indian classics and regional seafood specialties. Fresh-baked naan bread and whole-wheat roti sop up sauce from lamb and chicken dishes cooked in a clay-oven tandoor, and fish labadar from the Bay of Bengal simmers in a creamy tomato sauce. Hi Bombay also rents a 75-person banquet room for catered gatherings, and welcomes diners on major holidays such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, and the anniversary of Caddyshack II's DVD release.