A tucked-away, self-professed "hole in the wall," Bondo's Dining & Takeout is the brainchild of Bondo Benjamin and his partner Sheila Hart, who source ingredients from local farms and the garden behind the restaurant. These ultra-fresh components are integrated into a menu of upscale American dishes such as a 10 oz. sirloin with wild mushroom sangiovese reduction, or pappardelle pasta tossed with sweet roasted pepper puree, fontina, cream, lobster, and romano cheese. A well-curated wine list includes many reds and whites by the glass or bottle.
The dedicated chefs at Cafe Eleganza churn out classic Italian cuisine using high-quality, seasonal ingredients whenever possible. An extensive dinner menu fills bellowing bellies with hearty delicacies such as handmade lobster ravioli, crammed with meaty morsels of native lobster and drizzled with a velvety lobster cream sauce ($15.99). Or, indulge in the timeless taste of the other, other white meat by ordering the Frangelico-cream-kissed medley of penne, chicken, toasted walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes, and snow peas known only as Amanda ($13.99–$16.99). Customers can crunch into one of four crispy bruschetta options ($8.99–$9.99), which amalgamate colorful toppings including eggplant, roasted peppers, and gorgonzola into one dish easily held by the hands or feet, or skip straight to sliceable sustenance with a wood-fired-brick-oven pizza ($8.99+) available with a plain or whole-wheat crust and a compilation of classically compatible flavors such as apple, gorgonzola, and bacon ($11.99–$15.99) or tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil ($10.99–$14.99).
Vincent and Annette Agostino had one goal when founding AVA Cucina: re-create the spirit of a casual family kitchen in the Old World. Now, they have a place where housemade meatballs and marinara sauce top Sunday spaghetti dinners, which are followed by rich bites of housemade tiramisu dotted with a sweet raspberry sauce. It's also a place that's been like a second home to their five grown children, who have all chipped in at AVA Cucina at one point or another.
The taupe-hued walls feature homespun touches, too, including a hanging collection of cast-iron skillets and three impressionistic paintings of the Italian countryside. Guests can dine among them at tables draped in black tablecloths or in AVA Cucina's glass-enclosed section, which provides the benefits of an outdoor-seating view without any of the downsides caused by inclement weather or lonely skywriters.
Harnessing techniques passed down from their family's first generation of haircutters in Italy in the late 1800s, the Zona clan continues garnering acclaim for its hairstyling prowess, including a spot in the hair salon category of Boston Magazine's Best of Boston 2009. Today, the family of hair experts trims tresses alongside graduates of the salon's three-phase training program. Trainees also brush up on shearing skills at advanced academies in London and New York before adroitly shaping their clientele?s hair, fashioning stylish updo's, and executing full color transformations with an extensive stock of Aveda products. The salon's three locations bring their styling prowess to neighborhoods around town, making it easier to look good than to persuade others your split ends are intentional.
Serving fresh and speedy pizza across America since 1959, Little Caesar's has grown into a huge, international carryout phenomenon. The menu features pizzas with dough built from scratch that are made to order ($5.99 for a large one-topping). Toppings range from classic pepperoni and sausage to Canadian bacon and pineapple. Return as the conquering hero of your family and save your twins the trouble of hunting down bipedal mastodons by picking up one of Little Caesar's Hot-n-Ready pies ($5.99). Hot-n-Ready pizzas are available in pepperoni or cheese, and can be picked up any time without the need to order ahead. Fans of three-dimensional eats can try the Italian cheese bread combo ($4.99 including sauce) or chicken wings ($4.99) with a variety of sauces.
Italy possesses a rich culinary culture, and the chefs at LaStoria Trattoria honor the old-country recipes of Sicily, Rome, and Venice. With an arsenal of imported olive oils, truffle oils, and balsamic vinegars, they whip up classic dishes such as chicken marsala, eggplant parmesan, and veal piccata. Their specialty pastas, meanwhile, incorporate more unorthodox ingredients such as littleneck clams, pink sauce, and toasted crumbs. A brick wood oven bakes an octet of pizzas, which guests can use to teach rudimentary geometry to one another.