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Boston: December 17-19

on December 27, 2009

Limoncello Ristorante @ 190 North Street

Charmin Bear T did an amazing job planning my friends’ visit to Boston. Took them to an Italian restaurant in Boston’s North End for lunch and then to the Wrenthem Outlets after for some last minute Christmas shopping. I was lucky to have found a parking spot right outside the restaurant. In the entrance hall the walls were graced with photos of famous celebrities such as Robert DeNiro and David Ortiz. Located along the Freedom Trail, Limoncello is one of the few remaining family-run restaurants left in the North End.

Qi and Jue chose an appetizer and the main dishes we ordered was of course, Italian specialties: PASTA :) Their overall service was good. Each dish was priced around the teens. He bought us two baskets of bread varieties to fill us up. Although we didn’t order wine, we were able to try original, fresh, and delicious pasta.

Limoncello Scallops

Limoncello Scallops

Our appetizer was the delicious Scallops Limoncello. Fresh Sea Scallops sauteed with their homemade Limoncello sauce on a bed of baby arugula. The sauce was light with a touch of lemon flavors.

Jumbo Shrimp Pasta

Jumbo Shrimp Pasta

Tagliolini Al Limoncello – Fresh Homemade Pasta with Jumbo Shrimp and Baby Arugula with Limoncello Cream Sauce. Shrimps were plump, deveined, and juicy! Pasta was tender and the sauce had a perfect consistency.

Lobster Ravioli

Lobster Ravioli

Most of the time I will order Lobster Ravioli in an Italian restaurant because it’s one of my favorites. The Ravioli All’astice con Salsa Vellutata or Lobster Ravioli comes with a fresh thick Crabmeat Cream Sauce and Cherry Tomatoes. At $21, this dish was the most expensive of our bill, but it was delicious.

Rosette Pasta

Rosette Pasta

Charmin Bear T chose this special dish with the server’s recommendation. The Rosette Al Montasio Ed Olio Di Tartufo is one of Limoncello’s most popular pasta dish. Infused with White Truffle Oil, the Rosette Pasta was rolled with Montasio Cheese and Prosciutto.

Cuchi Cuchi @ 795 Main St. Cambridge

Some friends were visiting from Cali and we took them to a restaurant that served international smaller plated dishes. Charmin Bear T and I ordered specialty cocktails while we were on an hour wait. Reservations recommended! The hostess was attentive and came to grab us at the bar. FredA’Pear (left) and MoulinRouge (right) are pictured below. The MoulinRouge was suggested by the bartender as it was the most popular fruity drink. It was indeed delicious. The FredA’Pear was a light champagne drink with a hint of pear flavors.

Cocktails

Cocktails

Decor was eclectic and music was suitable for the restaurant’s theme. Wall hangings were especially intriguing. Everyone who served or hosted wore interesting wigs and costumes dresses to fit with the retro chic ambiance. With four hungry bellies, we ordered 7 dishes to share. Each dish was unique in flavor. Our overall impression of the place was positive, even though the bill can ring up pretty high.

Gratin Dauphinois (France)

Gratin Dauphinois (France)

This dish had baked thin-sliced potatoes, onions, cheese & cream. It was flavorful and I had the last bite :)

Grilled Skirt Steak w/Chimichurri Sauce (Argentina)

Grilled Skirt Steak w/Chimichurri Sauce (Argentina)

The steak dish was served Gaucho style with Chimichurri; a classic thick parsley, garlic & herb sauce. The sauteed onions around the dish complimented the steak well.

Chicken Kiev (Russia)

Chicken Kiev (Russia)

With melted butter, mushrooms & herbs stuffed inside a large crispy chicken breast, this dish was one of the first dishes to go.

Scallops Provençale (France)

Scallops Provençale (France)

Scallops seared; with herbs & mushrooms stuffing on a half shell, this seafood dish was a great choice.

Sfiriates (Algeria)

Sfiriates (Algeria)

This Algerian bread dish came out differently than we expected. It was deep-fried bread & Swiss cheese puffs with tomato-cumin & yogurt-cucumber sauces.

Savory Cornets w/Tuna Tartare & Avocado Mousse

Savory Cornets w/Tuna Tartare & Avocado Mousse

As Cuchi Cuchi’s signature dish – the Tuna Tartare and Avocado Mousse wrapped in soft crepes did not disappoint us.

Caspian Heaven (Russia)

Caspian Heaven (Russia)

Roasted Fingerling potatoes, crispy oysters, creme fraiche, salmon roe & champagne sauce describe this yummy dish. It was a good choice for a second starch option.

– Charmin Bear J

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