Vinoteca di Monica

Vinoteca di Monica (#22)

143 Richmond St

Boston MA 02115

October 22, 2015

Happy 21st Anniversary to my lovely parents!!!img_5227

After countless restaurants had no reservations for Saturday night, my dad happened upon Vinoteca di Monica and got us a 5:30 reservation. (note: I would suggest getting a reservation if going on a popular night as it was super crowded!) The menu looked great, and we were excited to try this place out.

We were not dissapointed in the least! The service was great, the food was spectacular and the vibe was also cool. This restaurant has an extensive wine list (as it should with its name!) and I definitely see myself going back for a glass and appetizer with friends in a year. I also loved the way the bottles are displayed around the restaurant.

For food, we started with the fried calamari, which came with a roasted red pepper aioli and marinara sauce–both were superb. I then got the Spaghetti Verdi con Polpetinne, which was green spaghetti with marinara sauce and turkey meatballs topped with some fresh grated parmesean. The turkey meatballs were great and I was so happy I finally found a restaurant that makes them (no beef for me!). The pasta and sauce were also perfect.

My mom ordered the Fettucine Alfredo and asked for chicken with it, the cooks happily put it in there for her which was great, and she absolutely loved her dish.

My dad ordered the free form lasagna which had a unique twist as it was made with chicken ragout instead of a typical bolognese type. He also enjoyed his meal very much.

My sister, the seafood lover, ordered Linguine alla Scoglio which was local seafood (shrimp, mussels, scallops) in the red sauce. Logan was also impressed.

Everything about this meal was great, and it wasn’t too expensive either. I would highly recommend this restaurant as there is a great variety for the menu, everything they prepare is delicious, and it comes at a fair price!

Ratings:

Food: 4.5/5

Atmosphere: 4/5

Service: 4.5/5

Overall: 4.5/5

Artu Trattoria

Artu Trattoria (#21)img_0427

6 Prince Street

Boston, MA 02113

October 4, 2016

I met my dad in the North End for lunch today. We had planned on going to Tresca for the pumpkin risotto, but realized it was not open until dinner- I guess I will have to go another evening! Anyway, after going through my list of all the places I want to still try and looking at their hours, I found Artu and thought the menu looked great.

My instincts most definitely led me in the right direction. Atru was amazing for lunch. Both my dad and I shared a caprese salad-fresh mozzarella, buffalo tomatoes topped with some shredded basil and olive oil with olives. So so so good- fresh, full of flavor, and a great starter.

The greatness continued with our main entrees: I got the melanzane parmigiana with a side of penne and sauce (eggplant parmesan for you english speakers)  and my dad got the sausage broccoli rabe with fusilli pasta. My dish was amazing-pasta cooked perfectly, the sauce was sweet and full of flavor, and the eggplant piece-which was huge- had the perfect amount of melted cheese topped with sauce. Can you tell I fell in love 😉

My dad also very much enjoyed his dish and after said the restaurant would probably go in his top five. By the way…you may think this job is easy, with us just eating and having to review…but on the contrary, having to rate them and compare is no easy task!!

For the restaurant itself- we both loved the vibe. It was hip and modern, but still fit in with the North End. The paintings on the wall were super cool. I wish I could have ordered one of their fall themed drinks…they sounded amazing and fit in with the fall season. Let me know if you try one!

Service was also great–he was very nice and a lot better than the woman at Rigoletto Ristorante!

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Food: 4.5/5

Service: 4.5/5

Atmosphere: 5/5

Price: $$, (lunch it is definitely way cheaper)

Overall: 4.5/5

And of course we had to get some more pumpkin cannolis at Bova’s bakery after lunch!

now back to studying for anatomy! ciao bellas xoxo

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