sportello (boston)

There are very few things that are better than the combination of beautiful summer weather (think 82 degrees), delicious food, and good company.  I was lucky to have all three today in a lunch outing to Sportello with three lovely coworkers on the last day of Boston’s restaurant week.  One of them, Tara, has a husband (Greg) who just recently got a job there so it was a great reason to escape the office to dine at one of my favorite restaurants.

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sportello + drink (boston)

As mentioned in my previous post, my husband and I celebrated Valentine’s day this year with dinner at Sportello last Tuesday night.  It is definitely one of our favorite restaurants for a nice night out and for delicious Italian food.  And, it is conveniently located above one of our favorite bars, Drink!

carbonara deliciousness

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stir boston

My friend Laura and I took the “Passion for Pasta” cooking class at Barbara Lynch’s Stir in the South End last night. I have to say that it was truly one of the most amazing culinary experiences I’ve ever had! Not only did we get to learn the art of making pasta, we each received an autographed copy of Chef Lynch’s cookbook, Stir, to take home. And the bonus? Chef Lynch was there that night to cook for us!

On the menu that night were four dishes: Lemon Corzetti with clams and oregano; Tomato Gnocchetini with mussels and saffron; Strozzapretti with rabbit and olives; and Orecchiette with cauliflower and anchovies.

These photos cannot even do justice for each dish – the aroma of all the freshly prepared ingredients, the delicate texture of each pasta, and the intricate little details of each plate were awesome. It was so much fun watching Chef demonstrate how to make pasta from scratch, listening to her tips and suggestions on cooking, and laughing with her and the executive sous chef, Molly Loveday.

The kitchen was warm and cozy, and the maximum number of students is ten so it’s nice because you don’t get lost in a big crowd. The wines that they paired with each dish were phenomenal and they were quite generous throughout the entire session. A group of women were there celebrating their friend’s birthday, and there were two couples in attendance in addition to me and Laura. A gift certificate to Stir would be such a great idea for anyone you know that loves to cook, or for someone who simply appreciates a top notch dining experience. I certainly hope to be able to attend more sessions in the near future!

102 Waltham Street
Boston, MA 02118

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