Last Wednesday, Boston finally got some gorgeous, warm weather, and it was the perfect night to sit out on the terrace at Aragosta Bar + Bistro, one of Boston's newest waterfront dining spots. Aragosta features contemporary Italian cuisine, including hand-made pastas, and uses New England seafood and local ingredients. I was so excited to check it out during Aragosta's complimentary blogger party.
|Photo courtesy of Tiny Urban Kitchen. Thanks, Jen!|
Michelle, Daisy, me, Athena, Jen
After a seemingly never-ending eight hours at work, I met Daisy in the North End, and we strolled over to Fairmont Battery Wharf together in the warm sunshine. We arrived at Aragosta to find Meghan, Michelle and her fiance, Elizabeth, and Rachel already lounging on the comfy couches with super-plush pillows and sipping cocktails.
Michelle explained the two cocktails to us, and without wasting any time, Daisy and I joined our friends on the couches and selected our drinks. The two choices were the Moscow Mule and the Yellow Pepper Limoncello Sour. I opted to try the Moscow Mule, a mixture of Grey Goose vodka, fresh ginger, lime juice, and club soda, first.
The fresh ginger taste was noticeable, and I absolutely loved this drink. It is the perfect patio beverage. I later tried the Yellow Pepper Limoncello Sour, which was also good, but I preferred the Moscow Mule. The Limoncello drink really does taste like yellow peppers, so if that's a flavor you like, I definitely recommend trying the refreshing cocktail.
On a nearby table was a spread of bread, hot cherry peppers, and a hand-crafted selection of salumi and caponata. (We soon realized this table was the hotspot of the night as waiters and waitresses would continuously pop out of the restaurant and place something new there.)
|Hand Crafted Selection of Salumi, Caponata, Hot Cherry Peppers, Crusty Bread|
I nibbled on bread and prosciutto and caught up with old friends as well as made new ones. Lindsey and Jon from Beantown Eats, Che from Knight at the Restaurant, and Angela from Cloud of Chaos were among the new bloggers I met during the event.
The interior of the bread was soft and light, and the outside was audibly crunchy. It was perfect with a little olive oil. And of course, one can't ever really go wrong with salty prosciutto.
One of what I have no hesitations calling the best items of the night came out next: duckfat truffle fries.
These were hot and crispy with just the right amount of salt and served with aioli on the side. I could have polished off a whole cone by myself. (I'm sure everyone else was happy I shared though.) These fries are enough to get me back to Aragosta again.
As we happily snacked on fries, food just kept constantly appearing, and every time something new came out, like the good bloggers that we are, we all jumped up and took pictures and then brought plates of whatever was presented back to our tables to enjoy.
|Lobster & Truffle Crostini, White Bean Puree|
|Sautéed Calamari Salad, Baby Arugula, San Marzano Tomato, Balsamic|
|Braised Veal & Pancetta Meatballs, Soft Polenta, Arugula|
|Truffle Rigatoni, Warm Goat Cheese Fondue|
I know I shouldn't say this, but I almost think the truffle rigatoni is a little too cheesy. It teeters right on the edge with its incredible goat cheese fondue. I love cheese and appreciated a few small bites of the rigatoni, but I doubt I could make it through an entire entree portion.
At this point we took a brief breather, and Meghan, Daisy, and I all ordered the Settanta Cinque, described as an Italian version of a French 75 (one of my favorite cocktails) and consisting of Aperol, lemon juice, and prosecco.
This was another refreshing beverage perfect for a warm evening. It's not overly sweet because of the Aperol and is nicely balanced with the lemon juice and prosecco. As we sipped our cocktails, we continued to eat...
|Pappardelle Bolognese, Veal Cheek & Ox Tail Ragu, Porcini Powder|
|Orecchiette, Broccoli Rabe, Pancetta, Capers, Preserved Lemon|
|Gnocchi, Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder, Rosemary Citrus Jus, Asparagus|
We also had lobster ravioli with roasted cauliflower, but I somehow missed a photo op for that dish. It was as amazing as the rest of the pasta dishes.
|Seared Tuna, Roasted Fennel, Marcona Almonds, Golden Raisin Puree|
|PT Farms Pork Chop, Fontina, Pancetta, Algre Dolce Peppers|
Many of the dishes above are actually served as entrees, so we just got small samples to try, but if you head to Aragosta, you'll be getting a full-size portion. (I don't want anyone looking at the menu and thinking the lamb and gnocchi looks awfully tiny for $22.)
And finally, the parade of dishes dwindled down, and we all realized we were happily full. We decided to switch to prosecco toward the end of the evening, just in time for dessert.
|Photo courtesy of Fun and Fearless in Beantown. Thanks, Michelle!|
Michelle, Meghan, Daisy, and me
|Mascarpone Ice Cream With A Muscat Pie|
I'll leave you with just one last picture: the gorgeous view from Aragosta's back patio. I already can't wait to go back.
Thank you so much to Chef Daniels for the fabulous food, to Suzanne Wenz for putting together such a great event, to all the wait staff for putting up with all of our picture taking and for graciously explaining each dish to us, and to Daisy -- who invited me to be her plus-one.
What is your favorite spot for outdoor dining?