Aragosta (meaning “lobster” in Italian) Bar and Bistro is newly opened and situated inside the Fairmont Battery Wharf in Boston’s historic North End.
With plenty of choices to dine in the area, Aragosta holds its own as one of the premier places to enjoy an amazing meal. And the restaurant can thank Chef David Daniels for that. They say (well, I say) that a restaurant is nothing without an excellent chef at the helm. Aragosta is no exception. Chef Daniels comes from an impressive background heading up the kitchen at The Federalist in Boston and, most recently, the Wauwinet Hotel on Nantucket.
My friend Bianca and I went there on a recent evening and sat at the Chef’s counter where we tasted many wonderful items on the menu. “Modern Italian” is what Chef Daniels says drives the menu.
We started with the ahi tuna flatbread which was the perfect marriage of ripe tomato, arugula leaves and truffle mayo and parmesan. Although tomato may not be the first thing I would think of to pair with ahi tuna, it was actually wonderful together.
Bianca and I then shared the beet salad with sweet and sour pine nuts, goat cheese and pomegranate reduction; and the burrata and prosciutto salad with tomatoes and EVO (extra virgin oil). Very different first courses and definitely a matter of taste on which to choose. I loved both but thought the beet salad was a better choice for a cold winter night.
For the pasta course, we shared the pappardelle bolognese, which was comprised of veal cheek and ox tail. Very creamy and indulgent- a must try. We also sampled the baked mezzi rigatoni with Chef’s grandmother’s gravy (Italian speak for tomato sauce) and pecorino cheese on top. This dish was simple but the gravy was very tangy and made the dish.
Lastly for dessert we were given a sampler of the Chef’s favorites- the chocolate pudding, olive oil cake and fried zeppoles- which are a lot like small hard donuts. Although I am not a big dessert person, I would say the olive oil cake was the most enjoyable with a soft and mild taste.
Although the night we went to Aragosta it was cold and windy, I am excited to return when we can sit on the terrace and enjoy more of what Chef Daniels has to offer.
Aragosta Bar and Bistro
Three Battery Wharf
Boston, MA 02109
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Open Daily: Breakfast ,6:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Lunch, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Dinner, 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
Brunch on weekends from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.