Tresca

Tresca (#26)

233 Hanover St

Boston MA 02113

January 19, 2017

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much love for this one

One of my best friends, Katherine♥, decided to pay me a visit in Boston and we decided to try Tresca–one restaurant in the North End I have been wanting to try for months! Tresca is only open for dinner, so it is harder for me to go with my dad (sorry you missed out bud)-but I saw the opportunity and just had to take it.

Man, we reminisced on our time in Florence (♥) together-without the wine 😦 … and were very impressed with our meals.

Another reason I chose Tresca was the gluten free pasta option-many North End restaurants are starting to have gluten free pasta, but it is not extremely popular, making the quest a little bit difficult and challenging my creativity and knowledge of being gluten free! It will continue though-don’t worry my loyal and eager fans! 😉

Anyway, I ordered the Rigatoni Affumicata ($19). This dish was grilled eggplant, fire roasted peppers, baby heirloom tomatoes, roasted garlic, and smoked mozzarella all mixed in with my pasta. The flavors just exploded with each bite in my mouth! The smoked mozzarella was one of my favorite flavors- but the peppers were just as spectacular. And the melted cheesy goodness mixed in with all the veggies and pasta….my mouth is currently watering!!

I pretty much insisted and totally peer pressured Katherine into trying the pumpkin ravioli (Agnolotti di Zucca: native Pumpkin filled ravioli, sliced chicken tenderloins,  maple sage cream sauce, and fried leeks-$24)

I may or may not have made her feel like she had to try it for her gluten free friend-since if I was eating gluten that would have been my top choice.♥Katherine- I know you love me regardless, I know you are happy with your choice, and I hope you enjoyed your mint chocolate chip canoli from Mikes!!! ♥♥♥♥♥♥

Katherine did love her meal, remarking it was sweet-almost more like dessert…and would be the perfect dish to split with someone, and split their dish as well, as the pumpkin is a very powerful flavor.

Nonetheless, we were very pleased with Tresca. I thought it was a very beautiful restaurant, warm (A+), and would definitely be a super cute date spot as the mood lighting just totally amplified our friendship. Jokes aside, I would recommend Tresca for a foodie who is adventurous and maybe wants something other than the typical American Italian cuisine, although they did have classics like the parmesan dishes, picatta,marsalas, and bolognese among others.

Side note- we found it a little odd and very different that no bread was served with our dinner. I didn’t care as I can’t eat it, but bread normally is a small little snack to munch on while you wait. Maybe consider ordering an appetizer if you are super hungry, but we were both full and satisfied after finishing ours.

Also, Ray Bourque is owner of Tresca and pops in occasionally to speak to guests. I can’t believe he didn’t make an appearance knowing I, the world’s best Boston’s North End blogger would be there, but like, whatever! Maybe…if y’all are reading this…you could hit that share button and then he can invite me??!!!!!!

Service was super fast, attentive, and very nice.

Ratings:

Food: 4.5/5

Service: 4/5

Atmosphere: 4/5- perfect for Valentine’s Day gentleman!♥

Price: $$/$$$ a little on the pricer side for dishes without seafood-but quality is worth the price

Overall: 4/5

 ciao bellas xoxo

Ristorante Lucia

Ristorante Lucia – #25

415 Hanover St

Boston MA 02113

January 15, 2017

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Annnnd I’m back in Boston!

Winter break was definitely one to rProcessed with VSCO with c1 presetemember-our cruise to the Southern Caribbean was nothing shy of spectacular! With that being said, I am looking forward to the spring semester of my junior year and tackling more North End restaurants!

So today we went to Ristorante Lucia. I loved the inside; all the walls were brick and we sat in a booth with a window over looking the Church right next door. I can imagine that during the summer, with the windows open, it would be beautiful to enjoy a great meal there.

My parents loved the bread, and also ordered bruschetta as an appetizer. The mozzarella and tomatoes doused in olive oil was fantastic. My dad said that this bruschetta was his favorite in the North End. I’d highly suggest ordering it! ´

I got a special of the day: scallops and shrimp in a puttanesca sauce over homemade fusilli. Being gluten free, I opted for the gluten free pasta which they happily made. I really enjoyed my meal. The puttanesca sauce was not super spicy, but just enough, and with some olives, capers and tomato, it turned out very well. (pictured far right)

Processed with VSCO with c4 presetMy mom ordered the Pollo Lucia, which was boneless chicken breast sautéed with artichoke hearts & mushrooms in a light lemon sauce. She did not get it with artichoke hearts as she doesn’t care for the saltiness of them, and with that change was very satisfied and happy with her meal. (pictured above, far left)

My dad ordered the Ammazzafame, which they say is a specialty of the house. It is a dish with Penne rigate, Porcini mushrooms, sausage, broccoli, sun-dried tomato & capers. My dad was also very pleased with his main meal.

The service was top notch-our waiter had a fab Italian accent and was easy on the eyes 😉

I would say this is a more expensive restaurant as most of the dishes are around $20-30, but that is also quite normal for the North End.

Overall ratings:

Food: 4/5

Service: 5/5

Price: $$/$$$

Atmosphere: 4.5/5

Overall: 4.5/5