B Street Restaurant and Bar This cozy space (formerly Pie Bakery ) in the heart of Newton Centre is off and running . open for lunch and dinner with a full liquor license the small fifty seat resautrant and bar offers a wide variety of dishes. They're also open for brunch Sturday and Sundays and have a late night menu that starts at 10;30. The same space, but quel difference! sophisticated and cozy. 796 Beacon St., Newton Centre.
Deluxe Station Diner Makes a D Line stop in Newton Centre
Now open in Newton Centre's historic train depot from the folks behind Watertown's iconic Deluxe Town Diner, in an 1880-esque, industrial-themed 90-seater decked out with dark breadboard walls, faux metal planet/clock/tower sculptures, a 14-seat bar, and an illuminating green "Boston Train Approaching" sign, all of which collectively evokes a Steampunk-meets-19th-century-railroad-station vibe described as "Postmodern Victorian Whimsy" - Classic lunch/dinner grub includes an herb aioli-covered Southern fried catfish po' boy; blue plate meatloaf special w/ gravy mashed taters; slow-cooked pot roast w/ hearty grains & mushrooms; and a pan-seared pork loin served w/ apple cider sauce and garlic roasted red bliss potatoes. Breakfast served all day includes a 6oz sirloin steak w/ two eggs, sour cream & buttermilk flapjacks, and their signature cheddar melted Super Deluxe Hash Omelette.
For celebratory drinks after finally getting off the "D" Line, a full bar (although they're still waiting for a liquor license approval) serving craft cocktails, artisanal small batch wines, and draft/bottled suds like Victory Lager, Saison Dupont, and Pretty Things. Open at 6:30 am till 11 weedays, 12:30 weekends.
Deluxe Station Diner
79 Union St, Newton Centre
Newton is becoming home to another gourmet restaurant. Rebecca Roth took over the a former local hangout and has created a "gastropub," a British term for " a public house that specializes in high quality food, a step above the more basic pub grub."
And in the four months that it has been open, the small restaurant has built a big following. On a recent visit, we had a chance to try the baked ricotta bread and a tangy tasty gazpacho soup along with a generous serving of fresh heirloom tomatoes with a savory dressing. There are specials every day.That night the grilled swordfish was the winner! Comfort food takes on a new dimension at the Biltmore with its crispy fish and chips, burgers, meat loaf and a melt in your mouth John Dewar selected steak. They offer an outstanding variety of salads, particularly the Greek salad. There's a full bar and parking is available on the street and behind the restaurant. The servers are not only warm and friendly, but very knowledgeable. This is not your ordinary neighborhood restaurant, and is a major find. They don't take reservations, so good luck.
1205 Chestnut St., Newton
Legal Sea Foods
This is one of Legal's busiest locations, just steps from famous Bloomingdale’s, and a moment’s drive from the chic Chestnut Hill Mall and Atrium Mall. In between professional-strength shopping, movie-watching, or maybe touring nearby college campuses, dine in classic elegance via rich mahogany and clean-lined modern style. The open, sunlit spaces feature cascading water, a generously–proportioned bar and gracious private dining. Chestnut Hill is the ONLY Legal Sea Foods location to offer a fresh fish market.
Legal Sea Foods
43 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill
(617) 734 8053
It's been around for over a year, and with the proliferation of so many restaurants not only in Boston, but in the suburbs, how did I miss this gem? Tartufo is a little bit of Abruzzi right in my own backyard. Tucked away on the slight slope at the corner of Beacon St and Langley Rd in Newton Centre, its twinkling window lights beckon you inside to savor authentic, creative Italian dishes. Animated, gregarious owner /chef Dante Bellucci not only works his magic in the kitchen, but is out greeting diners, along with his vivacious manager / partner Anna. Dante takes pride in the fact that everything is bought fresh daily--meats, fish, vegetables, all organic ingredients. The tasty, crusty bread is baked fresh daily and is wonderful. Dante's Abruzzi background has created some authentic recipes -- familiar dishes that will take you back to the old country along with daily specials. We particularly enjoyed the flavorful Prince Edward Island mussels, the tender Veal scalloppini topped with mushrooms and a white wine and lemon sauce. There's a magnificent anti pasti,and a wide choice of pastas, along with a full bar and extensive wine list including Montipulciano wines and delectable desserts. Apparently Tartufo has found a huge following; reservations are suggested. This 7 day a week dining spot was filled the night we were there and has become a hugely popular destination for those craving authentic Italian cuisine. For me, it was a late discovery, but be assured I'll be back very soon.
22 Union St, Newton Centre
Add another welcome addition to the burgeoning restaurant scene in suburban Waltham. Serving contemporary American fare, this former automotive parts store has been transformed into an attractive dining spot. Open only a few short months, it's becoming a favorite of discerning diners looking for good food, attractive surroundings and easy-on-the-pocketbook prices. With its dark wood tables and leather seating, it's open for lunch and dinner and it's one of the few spots that offer music with your meals -- live jazz is scheduled Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Executive chef Peter Kuplast has come up with a varied and attractive menu. Highlights include the grilled skirt steak salad (mixed greens, roasted peppers, tomatoes, carmelized onions, gorgonzola balsamic dressing). A meal in itself is their Kobe beef burger (applewood smoked bacon, mushrooms, carmelized onion, cheddar). For more gourmet dining, begin with tasty jumbo lump crab cakes. For entrees, try the flavorful, crispy skinned wild salmon served over polenta, pan seared duck breast, or pan roasted spicy lobster. You'll love their unusual onion rings, made from a secret recipe imported from Bermuda.
The wait staff is knowledgeable and more than friendly, and there's a full bar and a fairly extensive wine list. Waltham 's fine dining scene can only be enhanced by the addition of this newest Moody Street bistro.
474 Moody Street, Waltham
A short drive from Boston is the city of Waltham (approximately ten miles northwest). Once famous as "The Watch City," it is now home to some of the finest and most varied dining around. The Maione family's tiny "trattoria" has the feel and flavor of Italy, and it is truly a family affair. Two sons, John and David, work the open grill-like kitchen, Mama Josephine lovingly creates the homemade pastas (the gnocchi and manicotti are flavorful and superb and bread is made from scratch in a wood burning oven on the premises), and Papa Giovanni serves as affable host. If you're looking for authentic, homemade Italian, you've found a little bit of Sorrento on Main street in Waltham. Open for lunch (11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) and dinner (5-10 p.m.). Closed Mondays. The only downside is there can be a wait. Reservations for 6 or more only.
504 Main St., Waltham
One of the newest entries in the Hub's burgeoning restaurant scene is this small bistro tucked away on Washington Street in Newton. A former "Brigham's Ice Cream" parlor, the transformation is astounding. Walk in and you're greeted by the effervescent Jill Leviton, wife/manager, whose infectious smile and warmth sets the proper tone. You're in a swank swinging New York bistro with soothing off-white walls, cozy booths and tables, and gauze-like floating material decorating the windows and ceiling. Smooth jazz sounds waft in the background. Chef/owner is Michael Leviton, whose apprenticeships at San Francisco's Square One and New York's Le Cirque have given him the culinary expertise to take the plunge on his own. This is "his baby," and like a proud papa, he's thrilled with his newest offspring. You don't have to plod through an extensive menu (it's limited to half a dozen appetizers and entrees) and the menu changes often. (Obviously , they're hoping to build up a steady clientele.) On a recent visit we sampled the vegetarian entree with melt in your mouth potato dumplings, braised lamb shank (yes, the meat falls off the bone), and roasted cod in a delectable wine-laced fish stock that I couldn't leave before I sopped it up with the crusty French bread . . . each dish prepared to perfection. Desserts are extraordinary culinary creations: lemon/ lime napoleon, phyllo dough circled with layers of lemon and lime mousse, or a carmelized apple tart topped with creme fraiche. Lady luck seems to have smiled on the Levitons! Vive la Lumiere!
1293 Washington St. (opp. West Newton Cinema)
West, Newton, MA
Tucked into a small storefront on Great Plain Avenue in Needham, this is the second location for chef Paul Booras (his other Needham restaurant, also tiny, is "Fava"). We chanced on this storefront after being told by friends that it is a find. And indeed it was. It's simple Italian fare, all cooked to order from pasta dishes to the delicious veal Marsala, tender and served with sweet portobello mushrooms. That was my choice. I love garlic, so I didn't mind that the chef went a bit heavy on it. Special dishes are offered daily, and if you don't mind certain inconveniences (no liquor or wine to accompany your meal, no desserts or coffee) and can adjust, you're in for a different dining experience with some of the freshest, tastiest Italian-style dishes. You can bring your own wine ($5 corkage charge). By the way, there are no reservations either, so if you get there after 6 p.m., prepare to wait OUTSIDE. There's no room inside. As someone suggested, it might be good idea to get take out -- which they do have -- and then you can eat in more comfortable surroundings. They must be doing something right, because they're crowded every night, which has to tell you something. Open for lunch (11-2) and dinner (5 -10) Tuesday thru Saturday.
842 Great Plain Avenue, Needham
Campo De Fiori
For simple, authentic Italian fare, eaten family style or take out, you'll find this tiny cafeteria-style eatery fun and extremely authentic. It's set in a small shopping center in Weston (off Rte. 20) and the square, thin crusted pizzas are scrumptious and easy to choose as you see them on display end to end with names like "Milano, Napoli, and Messina." They offer salads, sandwiches and hot dishes as well as pasta and home made stews. They are open for breakfast as well with eggs, fruit, Italian donuts and, of course, all kinds of Italian-style coffee. And the best part -- the prices are very, very reasonable. Their Cambridge spot in Holyoke Center is doing well, and now they've moved to the suburbs. Hours: 8-8 Mon - Fri, 9-8 Sat. Closed Sundays. Whenever you need a fast Italian fix, this is it.
Campo de Fiori
37 Center St.,Weston
It's taken us a while to pay a visit to the much-heralded Italian gourmet eatery tucked away in Waltham on heavily trafficked Main St. Having heard so much about it, I finally managed to schedule a visit. This is not your ordinary neighborhood eatery. It's fine dining in a very elegant and romantic setting. From appetizers (you won't believe the melt-in-your-mouth porcini mushroom souffle) and if nothing else you have to try the succulent lasagna, unlike any you have tasted before, light, bursting with flavor -- even mama's can't compare! They have a varied menu that should satisfy the most discriminating gourmand. The menu changes monthly and the wine list is most impressive. Why it's taken me so long to discover this truly elegant dining experience, I'll never know. But if I may borrow a famous general's phrase, "I shall return!"
888 Main St., Waltham
In the Newton Highlands space formerly occupied by the upscale "Le Soir", owner-chef Jeff Fournier, after a successful stint at Chestnut Hill's "Metropolitan," has put his own personal stamp on this chic bistro. His very own large, colorful abstracts adorn the wall. The menu combines contemporary American with an international flair. On a recent visit, highlights included crispy skate wing with capers and a delicious brown butter sauce. Most unusual was the pan-seared watermelon with eggplant chicharrones -- surprisingly delicious! Fournier has a way with pastas and his famous rigatoni bolognaise was outstanding. Although the menu varies weekly, you'll be lucky if his five-spice duck breast is on the list. It's crispy and delightful with an accompaniment of bok choy stir fry and sesame rice cakes. The home-made ice cream and pies seemed too ordinary after such culinary delights, so we passed over them. The move to suburbia for some of our talented chefs continues, and this newest addition is a worthy contender.
51 Lincoln St, Newton Highlands