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
116 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02116

Sorellina, Back Bay

Sorry about the long delay in blogging.  It has been a very busy month! It doesn’t mean that we haven’t tried some new places, just haven’t had the time to blog!

A few weeks ago we went to a concert at Symphony Hall for G’s birthday.  Eating before concerts is always a dilemma because there are few nice options right nearby.  Well, I think we have finally solved the problem.  I made a reservation for Sorellina which is right behind the Boston Public Library and about a 10 minute walk to Symphony Hall.  Sorellina is an Italian restaurant and is part of the same management group that includes Mistral.  The room is very elegant with high ceilings and a minimalist, rustic décor.  We were first taken to a table right by the entrance to the kitchen and requested to be to seated at any of the number of two tops (it was 5:30pm and the space is huge!).  The women who seated us said she had to check with the hostess and

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Birthday dinner

My husband and I went to Mistral for the first time on Saturday to celebrate my birthday with a gift certificate. It is a lovely space with high ceilings and a nice long bar. We were promptly seated for our 7:30pm reservation. The wine list had a fair selection in all price ranges. We decided on a 2000 Château Paveil de Luze, which was well balanced but a little tannic and light for my taste. We decided to share two appetizers and an entree. We started with the Maine Crab Ravioli with Thyme-Tomato Broth and the Classic Escargots, Burgundy Style with Grilled Semolina Toasts. The ravioli were perfect texture and the sauce was very flavorful. However, overall they were a little light on the crab. The escargots were wonderful! The sauce was rich and earthy and the escargots themselves perfectly well cooked. For the entree we shared the Syrah Braised Lamb Osso Buco with Soft Corn Polenta, “Printaniere Style”. The lamb was fork tender and very flavorful. The vegetables too were well prepared however, I felt the peas were a little undercooked. For dessert we shared the Vanilla Crème Brulée, Fresh Raspberries, Ginger Cookie. The creme brulee was prefect! Luxuriously smooth and full of deep vanilla flavor. This was the best part of the meal for me!! The service was flawless. Overall this was a lovely meal. However, if we didn’t have a gift certificate which covered all the costs I am not sure I would have wanted to spend my own money. The food was very good but not amazing and I believe it was the space and the great service which puts Mistral in category of destination restaurant in Boston.

223 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 867-9300