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7 Lincoln St
Wakefield,
MA
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Wedging rich deli meats and cheeses between 13 types of bread, the helpful staff at Gloria Food Store curbs appetites with a menu of sandwiches, burgers, and gourmet Italian specialties. Behind the deli counter, staffers assemble the turkey carver sandwich ($6), which preempts regularly scheduled Thanksgiving with roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and gravy atop marble rye. In addition to nestling hot and cold deli meats inside rolls, wraps, and focaccia, the staff mixes up greens, protein, and veggies in gourmet salads such as the ginger-chicken salad with noodles and mango salsa ($8.50). Dinner platters such as meatloaf or roast pork ($9) fend off hunger with foot soldiers of bread and butter, vegetables or coleslaw, and your choice of rice pilaf, french fries, or mashed potatoes.

41 Tuttle St
Wakefield,
MA
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Its menu brims with classics, but the signature dish here is the chicken pot pie ravioli. This inventiveness infuses the whole menu of The Italian Kitchen of Wakefield. Here, Chef Caira bakes pizzas in a 600-degree oven, imports some pastas and makes others by hand, and crafts classics like veal parmesan. But the epicurean expert also offers gluten-free options, as well as a low-calorie, deconstructed fettuccine alfredo. But whether traditional or imaginative, every dish is united by the chef's attention to detail, and also by its geography. That's because Chef Caira homes in on the Lazio region of Italy, which encompasses Rome as well as the country's marinara hot springs.

411 Main St.
Wakefield,
MA
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At Cravings, soda jerks do things the old-fashioned way. They hand-make every batch inside their restored 1920s soda-fountain shop. The menu features a rotating lineup of 36 hard ice-cream flavors such as dutch chocolate and coffee. Diversifying the selection, the offer more than 100 custom-blended soft serve frozen yogurt and soft serve ice creams and frozen yogurts, including 40 varieties with no added sugar. In addition to crafting mainstay menu items, staff prepare fruit smoothies, frappes, floats, ice cream sodas, and ice-cream cakes.

389 Main St
Wakefield,
MA
US

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.

33 Tuttle Street
Wakefield,
MA
US

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.

979 Main St
Wakefield,
MA
US

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