Today's Groupon gets you $50 worth of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine for $20. Savinos Grill, located in Cushing Square at 449 Common St., may be famous for being the first restaurant in Belmont with a full liquor license, but its Spanish fingerfood is starting to steal the spotlight. You can also enjoy meaty menu items like lamb top or hanger steak that complement lighter fare such as caramelized scallops and basil linguini.
Savinos' decor is as sophisticated as the food. Colors of the Tuscan countryside‚ autumn oranges, whites, and spring greens blend with modern touches like white pendant lamps. Built-in benches turn tables into intimate spots where it seems like the courteous waiter is your only connection with the outside world.
If your tastes are even more refined, stop by for live jazz on Thursdays when classy musicians eat their classy meals with class—between sets. The chef, Tom Cutrone, is a classy guy too: he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and has worked at Boston fine-dining favorite L'Espalier.
The Boston Globe says Savinos saved Belmont from low-class eaterydom—plus its pork chops are tender and appetizers tasty:
- Tom Cutrone, a classically trained chef who opened Savinos in April, has brought fine dining to Belmont. His customers seem giddy with delight and also a bit incredulous, as if they still can't believe the place is real... His menu emphasizes straightforward preparations of meats, seafood, and a cornucopia of fresh vegetables. But he adds sophisticated twists, like a splash of Sambuca that lends a hint of licorice to outstanding steamed mussels, a spritz of nutmeg that gives fried polenta pleasing sweetness, and, atop halibut, a garnish of salted flash-fried parsley that melts on the tongue like cotton candy.
A Chowhound reviewer was happy with the chow; five Zagat users gave Savinos glowing reviews; fourteen Yelpers give it an average of 3.5 stars. Some thought the fancy fare was a bit expensive—lucky you have this Groupon.
- I liked my combination of bitter rabe, sweet mussels and savory brushetta [sic], especially as everything came at once.... ‚– tdaaa, Chowhound
- My fiance and I have eaten there at least 10 times and we have never had anything but delicious food there. Period. Everything is always fresh, and prepared in unique and refreshing ways. I would recommend it to anybody. – Maryann P., Yelp
- Excellent new spot in Belmont. Very spectacular decor. Nice choices on the menu and personal service (Chef Tom Cutrone came out to our table to make sure we enjoyed the meal). – allaheadfull, Zagat
- We had a great meal here! The service was polite and professional, the restaurant was clean well designed, and the FOOD was well prepared. – Ryan W., Yelp
Mixing Food and Jazz
Italian jazz great Vinegro Jazzerelli once said, "Great food is like great jazz: (26-minute trumpet solo)." And he should know: he plays the world's finest jazz and eats only the world's finest Italian food.
One time during a set at The Civitaveccia Jazz Festival, Vinegro used a portabella mushroom as a trumpet mute. Encouraged by the clapping crowd, he continued his food-jazz routine by emptying his spit valve during his set onto a plate of haricot verts, later revealing to the crowd that he'd pre-filled the valve with a tasty vinaigrette. Interpreting the audience's uneasy laughter as sustained applause, he proceeded to his surprising grand finale: ripping off his tear-away pants and shirt to reveal a raw veal codpiece dripping with low-fat Italian dressing and a prosciutto manzier. He proceeded to wildly scat an extended, crowd-clearing vocal solo.
Since then, Mr. Jazzerelli has learned to separate his passions. But why should you? At Savinos Grill, you can have the best of both Italian worlds. Look for Vinegro Jazzerelli's framed picture on the wall—it's the one covered in garlic-parsley pappardelle.
The man behind Savino's Grill is Tom Cutrone, a veteran chef who's pushing three decades in the cooking business. His menu of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine features cured Italian meats, artisanal cheeses, and entrees such as chive pappardelle, lamb loin chop with fried polenta, and pan-roasted salmon served over pasta shells—all of it enhanced by European wines. On Thursday nights, live jazz washes over guests as they enjoy their meals and stack complimentary bread rolls into the shape of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
449 Common St
Belmont, Massachusetts 02478Get Directions