itaunas's Profile

Title Last Reply

Chowhound red herrings

Have you considered trying Bocelli's eat in pizza. Reasonable thin crust, lots of topping choices, decent execution are the good points. I think the sauce is cooked, not a huge fan of their cheese (mix?), and they can be somewhat stingy on the toppings. But on balance its a good mix for sit-down pizza with a full bar and Pini's cheese/sauce isn't great, but crust probably a bit more consistent. They also have some above average appetizers and have offered things like full belly fried clams, but for that Moulton's is very close by. For pasta and Italian American seafood, I would tend to go to Nappi or Abbondanza but those are a lot futher.

Nov 25, 2013
itaunas in Greater Boston Area

November 2013 Openings and Closings

Rossetti Restaurant in Lynn the larger outpost from Cafe Rossetti's in Winthrop is now open. I haven't seen the menu yet, but their facebook suggest slightly more upscale dishes from the cafe. But that could just be a food photographer's idea of what to publish, because the cafe menu is quite good.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rosset...

Nov 25, 2013
itaunas in Greater Boston Area

October 2013 Openings and Closings

Amici's is good for me for pizza. Hand stretched crust, decent dough management (only by the owners), uncooked sauce, decent cheese with no cheddar and pepperoni. Its not as thin as others but they will probably stretch as asked, the tomatoes have some acid, the cheese is mild compared to places which use romano (Armando's) and I sometimes come across rosemary in the sauce which is slightly unusual (I have always assumed they use italian seasoning). I also like their Steak and Cheese, but am not a big fan of their meatballs or sausage, plus wish they had more flavorful tomatoes at least occasionally. I think it puts Joe Pizza to shame, prefer the style to oft-mentioned Stella's, and I wouldn't trade it for a thin crust place. So its a keeper for me, but not for everyone -- medium thin crust, minimal spotting, not "well done." Service has been a bit rough with one of the owners recovering from knee surgery.

I'll occasionally go to Bocelli which cuts a lot of corners, but you can sit down, have a good choice of toppings, and appetizers. Regina's at the circle is pretty good, and I want to give Wellington's Brazilian pizzas a try, but the other 500 pizza places in Medford I give a pass to.

Oct 18, 2013
itaunas in Greater Boston Area

October 2013 Openings and Closings

Thanks for the update, I have been keeping an eye on it but hadn't passed by recently trying to avoid some of the construction in the area.

A restaurant serving "brunch and patty melts," as well as offering "libations -- craft beer and wine, sangria" which I think is called Snappy Patties is coming to West Medford where the stained glass shop used to be located. Still doing some initial construction as far as I can tell, so not likely to be an October opening but maybe a 2013 opening. Definitely room for both brunch places and more burger offerings in Medford (Carroll's is probably the best overall option and the Tatsty Gourmet the only place I know for a patty melt these days)... so I'll applaud as long as they don't manage to squeeze pizza somehow on their menu (even the the seafood restaurant nearby offers pizza).

Bistro 5 is putting the finishing touches on their renovation -- lights and electrical work. Put a shiny new kitchen exhaust fan on to replace the one dented by a truck. Since the tables in the front area are set I assume the whole restaurant is back open for service, but haven't been by at night or seen the bar they added.

Oct 18, 2013
itaunas in Greater Boston Area

What's up with Redbones lately?

FWIW I have seen the Redbones van parked outside an industrial kitchen in Somerville multiple times in the last month or so (not Kitchen Inc). Its more than enough times to be a coincidence. They haven't appeared to be delivering and there has been a BBQ (smoking or grilling) smell in the air. I wonder if part of the plans of the Malden move are to setup a proper commissary and if they are preparing some of their Q offsite already. I have seen them smoking at the Somerville restaurant in 2013, so perhaps its other prep like for the food trucks and Kendall location.

Oct 07, 2013
itaunas in Greater Boston Area

September 2013 Openings and Closings

Arthur's Pastry Shop in West Medford is opening tomorrow. Its on High Street next to Jimmy's pizza near the Citizens back. Note that the Arthur's in South Medford says they do make their own cannoli shells.

It looks open, but not 100% certain. The Somerville Cafe and Pastelaria has replaced Gol Market on Mystic Ave. I would assume its a Brazilian snack place. Its located between Temple and Rt 28, in the same plaza as a laundromat and "entertainment" store.

Sep 20, 2013
itaunas in Greater Boston Area

Rio - Jobim (International) airport - has the food/beverage after going through security improved in the last few months?

c oliver so American and Delta as well as KLM and I think Air France have now moved to Terminal 2. It sounded like BA was still operating out of T1 and of course Gol is still based out of there. The Infraero folks wouldn't give me any information about what to expect after construction, except that the airlines that had moved weren't going to move back ("they have other plans"). My rough guess is they will use the gates in T1 for new International landing slots during the Cup and leave the long term plans up to the person who wins the contract. (BTW, GIG wasn't a big part of the cup plan, places like Viracopos, as well as other airports like Receife and maybe even Manaus figured into it.)

What gates do you usually fly out of T2? I spent more time than intended in the TAM lounge and we were blocked off from a restaurant at gates 30/31 which appeared to have full meals (self service). I would have pinned it on time of day, but we ended up back in the terminal closer to Noon and it still was blocked off. I wonder if they could move the International departures barrier like they do in Sao Paulo and open that at night, but there is no information from Infraero suggesting that. Infraero mentions Casa do Pao de Queijo and Viena (presumably the chain) near the airport clubs in International departures, but no full service food mentioned.

There were a couple of facelifts in the 2nd floor food court. Is Paneria new or just updated? I liked some of the things they had, but decided to pick up salgadinhos next door which was decent.

Aug 24, 2013
itaunas in Latin America & Caribbean

Rio - Jobim (International) airport - has the food/beverage after going through security improved in the last few months?

c oliver I am headed to Brazil this month, but back to the US before your visit. Flying in through Galeao, but out via Cumbica. I noticed the thread on Buzios which isn't my favorite, but I haven't been there in ~10 years. The last time it came up on the board someone had one or more interesting recommendation.

It sounds like you do your flying out of Terminal 2 (United/US Air) and usually I only do TAM domestic connections there. I think the Galeao management rights are only now going out for auction, so I really doubt a whole lot has changed. In Terminal 1 they changed things around with arrivals, the free shop, and customs and I didn't encounter torrential rain inside, but no big changes. Outbound passport control has also been quicker most times. The lunch counter across from the duty free in T1 International Departures (American gates) has been busier each time I go and increased their selection. However, I mostly try to eat before I get there, and grab something from demoiselle mentioned above or dinner at the churrascaria at the hotel. A lot of the stands use a common commissary, so that leads to some overlap at least for the bakery goods.

Aug 19, 2013
itaunas in Latin America & Caribbean

Old School House in Hudson -- terrific Portuguese

Boston_Otter BTW you have made the first CH report of a "Francesinha" sandwich in the area. Its more commonly made with beef and beer in the sauce, but pork loin and vinho do Porto are variants. They also have lapas on the menu -- great photo of these on the contact us page, which Nab was looking for another version of (and Dave MP expressed some interest). If you combine that with frango de churrasco grilled in the flat baskets which they have as a lunch special, bacalhau ze de pipo, and a couple of things na telha I would be close behind StriperGuy jumping in the car but am about to go overseas.

Note that the $19-25 plates are likely to be sized to feed two, in many cases to with leftovers, but you did polish off the francesinha....

Aug 19, 2013
itaunas in Greater Boston Area
1

Paletas in Boston Area?

I haven't seen anything local open since Helado Juli's:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/819023

I have been back once, but its been a while and didn't make it through all their flavors but plan to throw a bunch in a cooler one of these days. So haven't checked they are in the same place, but I have still seen their freezers around.in stores and you can find them on facebook. I think there is another vendor of paletas offered in higher end stores (I recall seeing something, but can't place which store in some other changes -- like Alexander's in Medford changing ice cream).

For Brazilian "chup chup" Petisco (or Petiscos) on Medford Street in Somerville's Magoun Square has 4-6 flavors. They recently changed ownership and I have only had a lunch plate. I need to poke around Everett a bit more to see what they have.

There also is a Latino laundry chain in Chelsea, Everett, Revere (Don Camillo) which apparently offers Ice Cream. I haven't made it to see what they offer (they do have Richie's slush per a sign in one of them), but thought it was unique.

Its also worth mentioning shave ice from Frio Rico in East Boston.

Jun 24, 2013
itaunas in Greater Boston Area

Soft Shell Sandwiches at Fresh Pond Seafood

I couldn't exactly reverse engineer my bill or order as I bought fish cakes and smelts (plus (pesky Cam bridge 8.45% meal tax). However, I am thinking the current price for the Courthouse SSC sandwich with fries is $9.99, not $8.99. You can also buy the crabs in the market and have them cook them in the restaurant if you don't want to eat bread or fries.

Jun 21, 2013
itaunas in Greater Boston Area

Soft Shell Sandwiches at Fresh Pond Seafood

Courthouse is still in your price range, serves a jumbo on a fresh Portuguese roll (papo seco), and has decent housemade tarter sauce. Is worth calling ahead to check they have them, because they'll send someone over to the fish market to get some if not on hand (so you aren't waiting). The fries are basic food service brand, but they were back to frying them properly on a recent visit. The cole slaw went downhill several years ago (far too sweet). Not very close to Concord though.

Jun 20, 2013
itaunas in Greater Boston Area

New York style bagels

Definitely agree with Katz and pickup corned beef + chopped liver at Arthurs.

I am curious if anyone has tried Brooklyn Water Bagels in Framingham as I have yet to make it out that way. Marketing shtick for sure, but I am still interested in trying it.

Jun 14, 2013
itaunas in Greater Boston Area
1

Is truly different even out there anymore?

When you order a "porção" of chicken hearts, its usually served with fried yuca to the side and toothpicks. I usually make a puddle of pepper sauce and a pile of farofa. I pick up one heart and one yuca cube, then drag them in the farofa and then the pepper sauce. If I am eating it with rice, then I use the vinagrete. In Brazil you can usually get a squirt or shake bottle of garlic sauce (sometimes house made, more often store bought) and "shoyu" is a common marinade (particularly in fried and pre-marinated hearts) although at churrasco places coarse salt is very common.

Not poutine because no gravy or cheese curds, but it is rib-sticking bar food. I think the Midwest appetizer is the best of the bunch, although on basic churrasco you can do quite well at Valentim. I do want to get to DooWee & Rice and assume that weekdays lunches are probably better now that Tufts is only on Summer school, but was afraid of the weekend crowds.

Another thing I would suggest is not only trying different ethnic foods, but different types of food within one ethnic cuisine. In other words instead of having "feijoada," try other Brazilian caldos (mocoto, bobo de camarao). Like wise with Salvadoran try a caldo de gallina india instead of pupusas, sancocho in columbian instead of arepas (sorry its summer and soup came to mind because I am making a broth myself). Shanghai Gate with the specific suggestions (and possibly JoJo Taipai nearby) is a great idea for this.

Jun 14, 2013
itaunas in Greater Boston Area

Is truly different even out there anymore?

You can get a fried chicken heart appetizer from Oasis less than 1 mi from Do Wee something they have offered for about 15 years now -- I think its offered with fried yuca, but could be confusing that with their torresmo appetizer. And grilled chicken hearts per-lb from Oasis (gas) and Valentim (charcoal), both within roughly a mile. Eat it with vinagrette (tomato relish with garlic) and farofa, french fries or yuca if you want from their buffet. Lastly the bar at Midwest Grill offers a chicken heart and fried yuca appetizer again with vinagrette and farofa if you need.

Jun 14, 2013
itaunas in Greater Boston Area

Un-detached oysters?

There are reliable suppliers of shucked oysters for cooking including East Coast and Canada, but its bigger on the Gulf and Pacific. These aren' t the same thing as canned, cooked oysters. And while they aren' t what you want for a raw oyster tasting, they are perfect for fried, carpetbagger steak, etc.

What I think you are talking about are frozen oysters on the half-shell. These are pre-shucked, rinsed, and come from far far away... many of them from New Zealand. I wouldn' t want to eat those raw and to me they are completely flavorless. Those buffets who don' t serve oysters which are already shucked, often rinse the oysters in part to hide the bits of shell left from their lousy shucking job. If you want good raw oysters, order them whole and have them shucked in sight.

May 31, 2013
itaunas in General Topics

Arlington Greek Festival this weekend.. time to get your lamb cravings on

The Allston MA Brazilian "festa junina" is this weekend and Everett the following weekend (confirming a note about a second date on whether its a rain date). Allston is St Anthony Parish at 43 Holton street and Everett is also St Anthony but on Oakes street. I was planning to post something more comprehensive including some Brazilian and Portuguese festivals but haven't gotten to it yet.

May 30, 2013
itaunas in Greater Boston Area

Seafood Boil Recommendations?

tangy_tomato the Clam Boil is also a Southcost MA and Rhode Island tradition. Some folks just call it a lazy Clam bake and most of the clambake caterers offer a boil too, but I feel that it is its own tradition all together. No guarantee of a clam boil, but if you want coast and some good food -- Dartmouth, MA + New Bedford, Newport or Provincetown (ferry is the best option) are possible day trip options.

There definitely is some Portuguese influence in the clam boil, so while you can' t experience it in Boston, you can try caldeiradas and other other seafood dishes from the Portuguese diaspora. Atasca offers a "cataplana" (ameijoas na cataplana). Casa Portugal has a caldeirada and several mariscadas. Portugalia has a couple of classic clam appetizers and a more unusual seafood feijoada, along with mariscadas and their excellent salt cod dishes. All of these offer carne a alentejana which combines pork, clams, potatoes. For something a bit different you also have Muqueca which offers Brazilian seafood stews, mussel dishes (caldo de sururu), and the unique "torta capixaba" (crab, cod, hearts of palm baked in a egg foam). The Neighborhood restaurant also has a breakfast with Portuguese salt cod cakes, morcela (blood sausage), and other items.

May 26, 2013
itaunas in Greater Boston Area

Visting Boston!

There was Pho Yan in Medford on Salem and I think one of the incarnations of Tom Yum Koong on Forest was Vietnamese, but both are other types of food now ("organic sushi" and Thai). There are several options between Malden and Everett next door. Malden might be where HungryNihilist meant.

May 22, 2013
itaunas in Greater Boston Area

Closest place for Rijsttafel ???

I think you are right Jimmy Mac's in Somerville stopped probably a few years before Andover Inn. Jimmy Mac's was decent and it was interesting that Great Taste also tried to make a go of that space with an American + ethnic menu like the second owner of Jimmy Mac's. I thought there was also a catering option a while back.

May 21, 2013
itaunas in Greater Boston Area

Coming to Boston and looking for...

A bit off topic, but Central Bottle just sent out email about a pop-up "Txakoli festival" outside Belly/Blue Room on this Thursday 5/23 (where the Blue Room serves lunch). $45/pp in advance including Txakoli, sardines, pig, and octopus per their propaganda.

May 20, 2013
itaunas in Greater Boston Area

Coming to Boston and looking for...

Something else to consider for visitors is that we (Eastern Seaboard) have access to some European wines that other parts of the country don't get (in particular Portuguese and Spanish for Boston, but also French and Italian). While Toro has some decent affordable selections, the combination of Estragon and TdH have much broader selection and more reserve wines. Probably not what the OP was looking for, but a consideration for some.

May 20, 2013
itaunas in Greater Boston Area

Where to get cucumbers for making pickles

I know you can get them from Roberto's Fruit and Vegetable in Medford. Unfortunately the last batch I got from them was the only bad produce experience I have had there, where I think they had been frozen somewhere in their journey. So ask them to cut one open before buying 10lbs. (I got some really nice ones a month ago from Rosebud Farms, but they just closed). Haymarket always has them, but quite inconsistent and much less accomodating regarding cutting one open. Hong Kong Market in Malden also has them last week, but more expensive than the others, so if not Roberto's I might go to New Deal Fruit.

I have bought them from Busa Farms and at the Arlington and Davis Farmer's markets in the past. I think you can get a 1/2 bushel from farmers as opposed to the > 1 bushel commercial boxes.

May 20, 2013
itaunas in Greater Boston Area

Tacos y Pupusas Dona Sofia - Framingham

Thanks nsenada for the heads-up about La Casa del Chicharron. I don't get to Framingham that much these days, so might not have found out about it otherwise.

trufflehound the chicharron de pollo suggests that its Dominican or Puerto Rican. And I think hounds overlook that dish far too often. It can be more consistent than chicharron de cerdo (and pernil) at your average steamtable Caribbean restaurant. Its just crunchy fried pieces of chicken, with skin, with or w/o bone (con heuso). Generally chopped up pieces of thigh meat, seasoned, and dredged in some flour. So its not exactly the same as gribenes. At Brazilian places which do bar plates, "frango a passarinho" is a similar theme, but not always with skin and its properly served with browned garlic slices on top.

May 20, 2013
itaunas in Greater Boston Area

Tacos y Pupusas Dona Sofia - Framingham

Even in Mexico there are several types and ways of making chicharron. Salvadoran chicharron will be fried pork including the rind, but with meat on it. Very basically seasoned and fried (salt, pepper, adobe seasoning). Compared to others Columbian locally Salvadoran is usually thinner and not as many places get the skin right, but both done "to order" (possibly pre-cooked and fried). Dominican and Puerto Rican chicharron is made in larger pieces, cut to order (like at Chinese BBQ places). In some Central American restaurants you get something closer to carnitas as chicharron, but not usually Salvadoran. If they do have chicharron pupusas, the filling will be chopped pork (sort of like chicharron prensado in Mexico)and possibly made with something like shoulder, but no stewed pork rinds like Mexican tacos either.

May 19, 2013
itaunas in Greater Boston Area

Mija Cantina... weird question

I didn't quite follow your question (has anyone tried it recently? have they survived?), but do know how hard it is to please such dining companions. Its probably not going to offend and you have M&S nearby if its not a fit, but why Fanueil Hall if you have a say? Why not propose something on the waterfront or the North End which both have location going for them? It wouldn't seal the deal if they were Portuguese speaking because some consider Corona a synonym for the restaurant name (mija is a verb tense, but there is a noun derived from it).

May 16, 2013
itaunas in Greater Boston Area

Lexington BBQ Battle this weekend

Lexington hosted this for many years, but near the high school. John Lincoln Wright was a regular and Redbones sponsored it before (along with the Kimball Farm BBQ contest in October which were among the few local competitions at the time). Looks like a change in venue so maybe it lapsed and started up again in 2011.

May 16, 2013
itaunas in Greater Boston Area

First Soft Shell Crabs Sighting

Courthouse seafood had the SSC sandwich on their restaurant specials board today, but I didn't check the market and didn't see it on New Deal's handwritten signs. Those might be Carolina crabs which I don't believe New Deal carries but am just speculating.

May 15, 2013
itaunas in Greater Boston Area

Maná Escondido Café - South End Puerto Rican

The restaurant is located in Villa Victoria the heart of the Puerto Rican community activism in the 60s-70s. By settling in that neighborhood they had a better than 50% chance of getting a street address that refers to Puerto Rico. :-) And yes, they may have had to wait for an open storefront but its where Miami Cafe used to be and that has been closed for a while.

May 15, 2013
itaunas in Greater Boston Area

Maná Escondido Café - South End Puerto Rican

Interesting, there are a couple of options for a tripleta (Don Frito, La Lechonera) but I haven't noticed a jibarito before. Those are green plantains, right, so although the shape might be different its basically a sandwich between tostones.

May 15, 2013
itaunas in Greater Boston Area