Cast in dim, incandescent light creeping out of the dining room’s decorative lanterns, Kasbah Restaurant's cushy seats surround tables filled with slow-simmered tagines, fluffy couscous, and tapas plates selected from a menu of Moroccan fare. The chicken tangiers’ apricot-kissed sherry sauce helps it maintain its status as the restaurant’s best seller, but the house specialty is the fried calamari, which arrives dotted with cherry peppers and doused in a secret sauce whose recipe is only known by the kitchen’s chef and the mayor of Casablanca. An expansive drink list showcases the eatery's carefully crafted martinis and homemade sangria, and weekly events invite belly dancers to shimmy to the sounds of a live Middle Eastern band.
Salvatore Gaglio—Salvo to his friends and family—grew up working in his uncle’s restaurant in Sicily, but he never imagined that he would make a career out of it. In fact, he wanted to pursue a very different calling: music.
As a young adult, Salvo enrolled and gradated from a music conservatory in Palermo, where he studied classical trumpet performance. He then spent the next several years performing with operas and symphonies around Italy. But eventually, Salvo realized that he had enough creativity to pour into another passion, and he returned once more to the kitchen. Today, the executive chef at Volare Revere channels this creativity into his rustic Sicilian and Mediterranean dishes crafted from farm-fresh meats and vegetables.
He adorns pizzas with figs and pancetta and makes his pastas in house before coating them in plum tomato sauces and topping them with creamy Vermont cheddar and lobster. He’s also been known to venture out into the dining room with his trumpet after dinner to play classical songs and “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall.”
Cuisine Type: American/Italian breakfast and lunch
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Omelets, eggs benedicts
Delivery/Takeout Available: Takeout only
Outdoor Seating: No
In addition to satisfying grumbling stomachs with traditional diner breakfast and lunchtime staples?all of which are made to order in house?the chefs at Revere Center Caf? offer more creative options. These include a chicken- or tuna-salad sandwich that replaces the bread with breaded eggplant, or Sazon potato and chicken omelets ?both of which are popular with the customers, according to owner Roger. Classic eats at the restaurant include chocolate-chip pancakes, steak and eggs, burgers, and fresh salads.
The up-close sounds of waves crashing onto Revere Beach permeate the soundscape at Antonia's at the Beach Restaurant, an eatery that embraces the dual cultures of Italy and the New England coast. The menu reflects this duality by placing Old World dishes, such as homemade ricotta gnocchi and veal parmigiana alongside maritime-influenced staples, including fried haddock and cedar-plank-smoked Atlantic salmon.
The decidedly rustic decor draws much more inspiration from the area's coastal influences, with nautical lanterns hanging from the exposed rafter beams and wooden ship's wheels fastened to the bar area's walls. Small aesthetic touches adorn the space and help capture the historically inspired ambience, including an antique sewing machine, a rotary telephone, and a dial-up modem.
When lifelong Revere resident Josephine finally realized her dream of opening a restaurant in 2005, she named her Italian-American eatery after her grandson, Sebastian. Josephine honors her community by stuffing as many local ingredients as possible into her upscale menu of classic pastas, parmagianas, steaks, and of course seafood. Cabaret crooners fill the space with song every Thursday night as diners tuck into stuffed quahogs, crabs cakes, and lobster ravioli. In addition to a wine list that complements the menu’s many offerings, bartenders pour creative martinis, old-school cocktails, and kiddie cocktails that are shaken—not stirred—to the latest Wiggles hits.
Sweet, sour, and salty: it's this flavor-packed combo that makes people across the globe crave Thai food. At Maekha Thai, the chefs tap into this flavorful tradition to create the menu's popular lunch and dinner dishes. This includes plenty of vegetarian-friendly dishes, such as stir-fried tofu ginger, red curry with mixed veggies, and scallion pancakes. The menu also features a large variety of meat and seafood options, such as panang curry with scallops, drunken noodle with duck, and basil fried rice with chicken.