There’s a lot happening on the Boston food scene this month and most recently the opening in the Fort Point Channel of Babbo Pizzeria by veteran NY restaurateurs Joe Bastianich and Mario Batali. A few days into service, it’s already showing signs of becoming a great addition the area not just for visitors but for the emerging residential neighborhood as well. A menu with many options from small plates to salads (don’t miss the Spinach, Ricotta Salata with honey truffle), pizzas, pastas and more at reasonable price points. And don’t miss the gelato.
You’ll also want to take a look at underFiRE, a bar and lounge with creative burgers and tacos cooked over lava rocks plus seasonal craft cocktails and beers from Jim Miller whose Fire + Ice recently added this very cool and family friendly concept with Rafael Barbosa. It’s a sister concept at Fire + Ice, offering a craft cocktail bar & lounge and stir fry fare with international flare – think Asian, Mexican, etc. The pair sought to create a neighborhood hangout with lava rock cooking of six entrees brought to the patron’s table on a 600-degree volcanic cooking stone. Entrees on the menu include Filet Mignon, Scallops Vesuvius, Dark Mountain Rib-Eye, Sesame-Crusted Tuna Oyama, Shrimp Takana and Surf & Turf. Pricing for lava rock cooking will range from about $24 to $30. Tacos play a large role, as Barbosa spent months tasting and studying and preparing to add them to the menu.
If you’ve been into the recent celebrations of all things burgers this Spring, you’ll want to check out the Rebel Burger at Hard Rock Cafe in the Faneuil Hall Marketplace area. In a partnership with Sam Adams Brewing the restaurant came up with this limited time offer of a Certified Angus Beef® burger brushed with Rebel IPA barbecue sauce, topped with picadillo meat and Monterey Jack cheese. It’s served on a toasted bun with baby arugula, a tomato slice drizzled with balsamic glaze, and crispy onions. Order Sam Adams Rebel IPA with it and you’re in for a burger afficianado’s treat. Hard Rock makes everything from scratch, we’re told, and it’s a pleasure to sit back, relax and listen to old favorites while letting your gaze roam around the room at all the musical items.
There’s so much to explore this Spring you’ll be hard pressed to take it all in, but other new spots include The Brewer’s Fork in Charlestown, tucked between downtown and the Navy Yard, with an a well put together unusual and frequently changing craft beer list, a topnotch wine list, great small plates and an assortment of pizzas – you will want to try The Mushroom Man – if you are familiar with the name, you know it refers to Ben, a real purveyor who finds beautiful mushrooms in the woods and is known as The Mushroom Man. Downtown, there is Serafina in the former Radius space with an excellent menu of Italian pastas, seafood and of course, pizza, and Townsman, Chef Matt Jennings’ spectacular venue serving a wide array of interesting menu items, starting with seafood ‘plateaus’ brimming with fresh seafood and charcuterie.