8.31.2011

Alma Nove, Hingham, Mass.

Wedding dress shopping trip No. 2 happened the weekend after the trek to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. My mom, sister (Martyann), and matron of honor (Liz) were all already venturing up from Connecticut, so I thought it would be good to stay somewhat local and check out a shop in Hingham, Mass., where my friend who got married in July found her gorgeous dress.

The dress shop was very cute but disappointing after my trip to Portsmouth. Instead of having dresses brought to me, I was supposed to grab dresses off the rack that I wanted to try on. I wasn't a huge fan of this system after seeing how well it worked the other way. I also ended up trying on dresses that were over my budget (luckily, I didn't like any of them more than the dresses that were in my budget). I would see my mom, Martyann, and Liz get excited over a particular dress, but I kept thinking about the dresses in Portsmouth.

After my appointment, I filled them in on how I was feeling about the dresses at this shop compared to the ones in Portsmouth and apologized for not just having everyone go to Portsmouth that day. Rather than let the day be a total waste, we all decided to go out to lunch. We weren't far from the Hingham Shipyard and I had been hearing a lot about Alma Nove, so I suggested we go there.

Alma Nove was founded by Executive Chef Paul Wahlberg and co-owners/brothers Mark and Donnie Wahlberg (yes, that Mark and that Donnie), as well as family friend Ed St. Croix. It was named after the Wahlbergs' mother Alma, who had nine (nove) children. The restaurant is right on the water and has lots of large glass windows, allowing for great views and tons of light. (I didn't see it, but there's also a patio area overlooking the water.) The cuisine is inspired by Italy and the Mediterranean and features specialty pastas, fresh seafood, and a wood-burning grill.

Alma Nove offers pitchers of some of their cocktails (I've been noticing this more and more at restaurants and am hoping it's a trend that's going to stick around), so my mom, Liz, and I shared one. The pitcher gave us one drink each with a little to spare. We tried the Cape Stoddard, which is a mixture of Double Cross Vodka, St-Germain, and Spindrift sparkling cranberry raspberry soda.

Cape Stoddard at Alma Nove, Hingham, Mass.

For appetizers we opted to share the Mediterranean chop salad and the beef carpaccio. The salad was full of tomatoes, cucumbers, kalamata olives, sweet onions, red peppers, feta, preserved lemon, and olive oil. The veggies were crisp and crunchy, and I loved how the feta coated every bit of the salad.

Mediterranean salad at Alma Nove, Hingham, Mass.

The wagyu beef carpaccio was very thinly sliced and topped with hearts of palm, a little arugula, and some fabulous fried capers. I kept scooping extra capers up with my beef.

Beef carpaccio at Alma Nove, Hingham, Mass.

I was all over the place trying to decide on an entree, but I finally chose the mafaldi with Italian sausage, roasted eggplant, fresh mozzarella, and tomato basil sauce. Mafaldi is one of my favorite pasta shapes -- it's like a skinny lasagna noodle with curly edges. I was so happy with my lunch choice. The sweet tomato sauce paired perfectly with the eggplant and sausage, and the melted mozzarella pulled the whole dish together.

Mafaldi with Italian sausage at Alma Nove, Hingham, Mass.

My mom also chose a pasta dish. Hers was a creamy carbonara-style dish made with basil linguine topped with sautéed lobster, sweet peas, and pancetta. The basil linguine was mildly flavored and not overwhelming.

Basil linguine with lobster at Alma Nove, Hingham, Mass.

My sister and Liz both got the wood-grilled sirloin burgers with homemade pickles and fries.

Burger at Alma Nove, Hingham, Mass.

None of us had room for dessert, but my mom did try a Strawberry Basil Martini -- made with Hendrick's Gin, muddled strawberry, and basil. I found the drink a bit too strong for my tastes, but I thought the presentation was beautiful.

Strawberry-basil martini at Alma Nove, Hingham, Mass.

Lunch at Alma Nove was a great way to end our girls' day out. Even though I didn't find my dress that day, we still had a great visit and some fabulous food.

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Have you been to Alma Nove yet?

12 comments:

Daisy said...

haven't been yet but after your and Emily's reviews I totally want to check it out!

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

I lover Alma Nove too and want to come back! That burger looks good!

FunandFearlessinBeantown said...

This is the second Alma Nove review I've read in the past two days. Maybe I can convince Meghan and Eric to go for a sail down to Hingham?

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

So funny we both went there recently. Glad to see your mom enjoyed the linguini. I'm getting that next time!

Chris at HyeThymeCafe said...

Totally caught me by surprise scrolling through Reader and seeing the title of your post. I haven't been in quite a while, but I grew up in Hingham. :) I'm waaaaaaay overdue for a trip to the Cape, so I'll have to make a point of checking out Alma Nove on my way by. Everything looks great!

As for wedding dresses, not sure if they don't do it anymore or it's just the wrong time of year - did you do the Filene's Basement Running of the Brides? I think they do it at other locations nowadays too. That's always DEFINITELY a memorable experience. It used to crack me up when I was living in New Orleans to hear them talking about it on the radio there every year. Good luck with your search!! :)

Elizabeth said...

That feta salad looks wonderful. I have had a huge crush on Mark Wahlberg for years :)

Michelle Collins said...

I have not been there, but their food and cocktails look fantastic!

MelissaNibbles said...

The basil linguini sounds delicious. I like the cocktail pitcher trend too :)

Meghan@travelwinedine said...

Only had drinks, but loved it! Your mom's cocktail looks yummy.

DeliciousDish said...

Oh gosh. I don't think I could ever do the Running of the Brides. Not worth the hassle to me! Come back tomorrow for the end of the dress shopping story. :)

Shannon said...

I really want to try Alma Nova... I've been to the Shipyard many times to go to the movies and we always say "Next time let's grab a bite there". Honestly, up until your review I hadn't heard much about it! I'll have to give it a try (and those cocktails too for sure!)

Melissa said...

I haven't been to Alma Nove but my office is across the street! The Shipyard is beautiful! Congrats on your new job too!