Eschewing modern mixes and thickeners, the dessert designers at Maple's transform fresh milk, eggs, and cream into a host of more than three dozen gelato and sorbetto flavors crafted in-store in front of salivating patrons. Maple's ice engineers buy ingredients directly from Maine's local family farms and embrace traditional artisanal methods such as working with microbatches and running chunky cream through a cotton gin.
For more than 20 years, Willows Pizza & Restaurant's marinara maestros have quelled orbicular cravings with hand-crafted pizzas and a plentiful array of scrumptious Italian dishes. The pesto chicken pizza ($16.99 for a large) dresses fresh chicken breast in a camouflaged coat of basil pesto to protect against bushwhacking pizza poachers, while the Clams Casino pizza’s white clam sauce sings a wistful sea shanty to accompanying bacon, garlic, and romano cheese ($20.99 for a large). Acrobatic calzones flip pizzas inside-out, with savory meats and cheese ensconced in fresh-dough pillows ($7.49), and myriad pastas and salads and hot or cold subs round out the feasting festivities. Willows slakes parched tongue buds with a selection of wine and beer poured into glasses, pints, or hollowed out life-size replicas of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Ricetta's is a full service Italian restaurant that serves Pizza, Pasta, Salad and Soup. Ricetta's opened it's South Portland location in 1989 and it's Falmouth location in 2000. Ricetta's has been voted Maine's Best Pizza every year since 1990 and most recently listed in USA Today's Top 51 Pizza Places in America!
Partners Mike Jerome and Drew Kinney are obsessed with soup. Before they opened Kamasouptra, they spent much of their early professional lives learning about soup, apprenticing under famed chefs, researching techniques, and looking under floorboards for hidden-away family recipes. It must have paid off because readers of The Phoenix named Kamasouptra’s soup the best around in both 2012 and 2011.
The culinary team crafts offerings to satisfy pescatarian, vegetarian, and vegan diets, taking advantage of fresh produce and seafood caught locally. While the menu at the shop’s two locations changes daily, the kitchen tries to keep certain staples on hand, including beer-and-cheddar soup, chili, and vegan pasta fagioli.
Cambridge Coffee Bar slings specialty coffee, smoothies, and other blended drinks alongside its pastries crafted from time-tested Cambridge family recipes. Caffeine seekers can quench their cravings with delectable slurps from a 12-ounce americano ($1.99), white-mocha latte ($3.49), or café au lait ($2.69), and sippers seeking chillier ways to increase their liquid intake––besides eating mouthfuls of snow––can opt for an espresso and vanilla ice-cream blend, such as the 16-ounce Caramelicious ($4.49) or a fruit blend available in six fructosey flavors ($3.49).
Nestled in a luxury hotel overlooking the majestic water of Crescent Beach, Spa at Inn by the Sea relaxes strung-out salty dogs with its muscle-mellowing massage services in a cozy shoreside-themed environment. Guests will dive headfirst into a 15-minute consultation to determine the preferred knead and the viscosity of maple syrup. A sure-handed therapist will then run a soothing suite of hand-to-muscle techniques, whether the client seeks a mixture of flowing Swedish-massage movements and reflexology or a rigorous deep-tissue massage.