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Visiting Boston for first time-would love some Foodie help

I made it back to the SF Bay Area so I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed Gran Gusto. I made reservations for my first night in town as I couldn't wait to try it. My friend and I shared the Roman pasta dish (I believe it was called "Tonarelli") and a Margarita pizza. Both were excellent! We also shared a piece of their Ricotta cheesecake which was definitely worth the calories. Obviously, ricotta gives the cheesecake a much grainier texture than cream cheese does so if your palate only likes the smooth version then you would want to steer clear of this one. The only disappointment was the salads. While the ingredients were fresh, they were way too heavy handed with the salt. The service was good too.

Visiting Boston for first time-would love some Foodie help

good to know. thanks!

Visiting Boston for first time-would love some Foodie help

OC, It turns out my friends and I will be in Boston this Saturday from morning until we attend a concert in the evening. So I am wanting a good restaurant recommendation (not Italian because we are going to Gran Gusto on Friday night) that is something I will like as a foodie and something my friends (non-foodies) will like too. The concert is at Boston University and my friend mentioned eating somewhere around Boylston St. They don't like seafood unfortunately.

Visiting Boston for first time-would love some Foodie help

thanks for recommending Azorean food. we have some great family friends from the Azores and I would love to try one of the restaurants and report back to my friends in the SF bay area. I read about three Azorean places in Boston... O'Gils, The Clipper and Sagres. Is one a stand out from the rest?

Visiting Boston for first time-would love some Foodie help

thanks for the link to Bricco Panneteria. It looks awesome-rustic, and delicious, just what I wanted. And I'm all over the cheese and bread for my trip home. That beats a sandwich any day of the week.
As for your Sicilian recommendations, my paternal grandparents immigrated here from Sicily so I am all over that! I read the menus and both look like they are worthwhile.
I have never tasted Portugese food because it's not big in the Bay Area, so I appreciate the idea. thanks again

Visiting Boston for first time-would love some Foodie help

Yes, you are correct! SF Bay is where I reside and I love A16!
As for Peruvian, that sounds good too. I haven't fully explored it here either.

Visiting Boston for first time-would love some Foodie help

POS, Since I am not quite sure of all of the places that my friends will be taking me to sight see, we very well may be in the Belmont or Lexington area-- so I appreciate you throwing Rancatore's in there. Sounds like Toscanini's should not be missed so I will definitely make it there.
Too bad about the FM's. In CA we have year round FM's so I forget at times we are a bit spoiled in that regard. I'll have to catch one on the next trip.

Visiting Boston for first time-would love some Foodie help

Pegmeister, thanks for the tip on the bakery in Salem. That is great news. I will coerce my friends to take me there each morning if possible. And will try the Almond Croissant for sure.

Visiting Boston for first time-would love some Foodie help

HungryMack, thanks for the Gran Gusto idea. I just checked their menu and it is EXACTLY what I was looking for. Thank you!!!! I will let you know how it goes. Can't wait! I also plan to try Toscanini's-maybe more than once. If it's the best ice cream in the country, once will not be enough. :-)

Visiting Boston for first time-would love some Foodie help

I will be arriving in Boston this coming Friday, May 3rd. So my first request is for a good restaurant somewhere between the airport and Salem where my friends live that we can hit after I land for dinner. Thai, Italian, Sushi, New England, Seafood, anything would be fine. I would prefer it to be on the casual side with really good food.
Second: Pastries and Bread! So where are the best bakeries in Boston? I don't like cupcakes/cakes. I am wild about well made chocolate croissants, crostada's, galettes, pies, cookies and really good bread. I guess to be more specific, French, Italian or New England bakeries.
Third: Would love a recommendation for a good Italian restaurant in Boston (or between Boston and Salem) with local, seasonal ingredients, housemade pasta/Napolitano style pizza? Something like Pizzaiolo in Oakland, CA.
Third: Dare I ask? The best clam chowder?
Fourth: Is there food that Boston is famous for other than Lobster rolls and claim chowder that I should try? I have read some of the other discussions and definitely plan to go to Neptune Oyster for the lobster roll, Island Creek Oyster Bar and West Bridge (I like the lunch menu better at WB so will most likely do lunch there).
Fifth: A delicious deli, bakery or restaurant between Salem and the airport that makes really special sandwiches with local, organic ingredients and awesome bread. I want to pick up something to take on the plane for my flight home.
Sixth: I love visiting Farmers Markets while traveling. Where is there a really quality Farmers Market worth visiting in Boston or between Boston and Salem? FYI, I will only be available to go to a FM Sat-Wed.
Last, I think: exceptional gelato or ice cream in Boston or between Boston and Salem.
thanks in advance for your ideas!

VISITING BOSTON? One Hound’s Guide to Historic Areas and Restaurants

OC, how generous of you to take the time to share all of this! That was a lot of work. I am from the Bay Area and will be visiting Boston for the first time-- arriving next weekend. Your info is a wonderful resource for eating and seeing local sights.
Thank you!