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.
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.
Referencing a revolving menu of bistro fare, the chefs at Melissa's Main Street Bistro carefully plate grilled seafood and meats with seasonal vegetables and sauces. They braise short ribs and pair them with a choice of starch, vegetable, and sauce, and help linguine win games of hide-and-seek by burying the noodles in the seafood fra diavolo's cornucopia of haddock, calamari, salmon, shrimp, mussels, and lobster. Armed with ladles and small plates, they dole out daily soups and tapas that accent the savory meals. The bar offers glimpses into the kitchen, and the eatery's large windows funnel sunlight from outside, where a maroon awning hovers over flower boxes that pepper the sidewalk as gracefully as a hopscotch course leading to etiquette school.
The distance between Beijing, China and Tokyo, Japan is roughly 1,300 miles. So, the chances of tasting both regions' cuisines in the same day are slim–unless you're at Sato II in Stoneham, Massachusetts. There, chefs split the menu right down the middle to create a fusion of authentic flavors. The Chinese side of the menu features a section called "Interesting Pan-Fried Dishes," which includes Szechuan spicy beef sautéed with veggies and peanuts in a spicy brown sauce. Sushi specialties anchor the Japan spread, and each is accompanied by miso soup to enjoy or bring home to re-fill a depleted fish bowl. Amid all the exploration of Asian cuisines, dark wood furniture and warm lighting sets a relaxed tone that becomes especially laid-back with live Jazz music on Thursday nights.
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.
At Liberty Bell Roast Beef & Seafood, a menu of tasty American cuisine is coupled with a backdrop of New England maritime décor and a pillar-surrounded seating area. Settle into an authentic northeasterly dining experience with a medium bowl of specialty clam chowder, which, like minutemen, fights off hunger tyranny ($4.50), or pacify an irascible stomach with a super roast-beef sandwich, a layered masterpiece melded together with slow-cooked Angus beef and served on your choice of a regular or toasted onion roll ($5.95). Atlantic seaboard sustenance includes fried clam strips, patriotically sidekicked by french fries, onion rings, and coleslaw ($9.50), while the crazy veggie roll-up binds grilled red onions, grilled mushrooms, black olives, roasted peppers, gooey melted cheese, lettuce, and tomato in an edible straitjacket ($5.50).