Sasso, Back Bay

Last weekend G and I went to a play at the Huntington Theater at BU which is near Symphony Hall. As I have mentioned before, there are few good restaurant options in this area. This time we decided to try Sasso which is near the Prudential Center. We arrived about 6:45pm and had to be at the theater, about 10 minutes away, for 8pm. It was a bit of a rush but the restaurant was not full so they were able to get us in and out of there.

Sasso is an Italian restaurant and is the sister restaurant to Lucca in the North End. The room is very large with high ceilings and a simple, straightforward décor. The bar area was more full but I was surprised by how empty the dining room was. I ordered the Tartare di tonno (yellowfin tuna tartar with heirloom melon, basil, radish and a sesame gastrique). It was lovely. The heirloom melon added a sweet contrast to the nutty sesame and the delicate texture of the tuna. For my second course I had the gnocchi appetizer which is made with Yukon potatoes, brown butter cauliflower, squash, brussels sprouts, sage, and pancetta. I was surprised by the combination of cauliflower and brussels sprouts but roasted they added a lovely nuttiness. The cream sauce was perfectly flavored with the pancetta. It was a lovely rich, dish! G had the rigatoni with pork ragout, bacon braised swiss chard and roasted cipollini. It was a rich and meaty dish, full of flavor.

Overall, the dishes were all very well prepared but not amazing. My one complaint would be that the prices were a bit high for what it was. It would have been much better for about $5 less per dish.  I am not sure Sasso is a destination but if in the area or looking for something before the theater or the symphony it is a solid option.

Sasso Restaurant
http://www.sassoboston.com/
116 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02116
617-247-2400

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