Farm-To-Table Dining In Boston
Boston’s restaurant scene does not leave taste buds wanting. What may be a surprise is the widespread availability of farm-to-table dining within the city limits. From the downtown financial district to the city’s North End, and across the river into Cambridge, Boston’s food scene serves up fresh, local finds with bold flavour.
For a dining-out experience, try restaurants like Post 390 or Harvest that take farm-to-table beyond the quaint Massachusetts inns into fine dining restaurants with modern decor and seasonal menus. Try dishes like the parsley rigatoni with rapini and pecorino cheese at Harvest, and savoury chicken with potato chive puree and roasted brussel sprouts at Post 390.
At restaurants like Tapestry, eclectic Cuban decor and a shared plate menu may not call to mind traditional farm-to-table, but the soulful flavours are as authentically wholesome as mom’s apple pie. The Old Havana vibe infuses a tropical renaissance that, along with the glowing fireplaces, adds warmth to the space. Kale salad with pomegranate seeds and roasted acorn squash is a must-try for the sweet and salty lover.
A few blocks away, Eataly, the impressive Italian marketplace, opened in April. Upstairs, Terra, a new wood-burning Italian restaurant has created an authentic, family-style comfort experience. Sourcing local ingredients from the Eataly market below, chef Dan Bazzinotti allows the simplicity of his dishes to showcase the rich flavours and high-quality of the ingredients he cooks with. With an open kitchen restaurant concept and long wood tables, friends can gather over shared plates and munch on simple dishes made from quality ingredients.
This concept of Italian cooking is also the focus of Michele Topor’s Little Italy Market guided tour. With stops at multiple mom-and-pop shops throughout the back streets of North End Boston, you’ll have the chance to pop into local favourites (and sample the goods!). Tasting Maria’s almond biscotti, smoked prosciutto at Bricco Panetteria and fresh pasta at Monica’s Mercato will leave visitors with lots of ideas for edible gifts to bring home.
Perhaps the most famous and central farm-to-table experience in the city is the Boston Public Market, where meeting with local vendors and sampling their freshest ingredients is a daily affair. From flavourful bone broths, pepper-crusted pastrami and local treats, the market creates a space where shoppers can get to know producers and select locally- sourced ingredients. Though less artisanal, the outside markets allow shoppers to pick up wholesale produce, rounding out their weekly grocery list with a single trip.
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