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Sportello

It’s safe to say that talented chef and restaurateur Barbara Lynch has taken over Boston. With no less than 6 award-winning restaurants, a demonstration kitchen and catering business, she has gathered quite a fan base. Personally, we’re big fans of her Italian gem Sportello. The restaurant has a unique setting and the counter seating, open kitchen and small bakery create a laid-back vibe. The menu offers a small range of sophisticated Italian dishes that you won’t find in your ordinary trattoria. We highly recommend the strozzapreti with braised rabbit and the rohan duck. Just be sure to safe room for dessert – you can either visit the bakery counter for a homemade pastry or go with one of the classic menu items like affogato. The long marble counter zigzagging through the space is where you will be seated, so you might literally be rubbing shoulders with your neighbor. It’s not the ideal place for a romantic date but perfect for dinner with friends, a casual lunch or even dinner-for-one.

Sportello Boston interior

Sportello Gnocchi Sportello Boston bakery

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La Gelateria Frigidarium

Ice cream lovers, seek no further! Everyone knows Italian ice cream is the best in the world so when in Rome…do as the Romans do. The Romans’ favorite place to get their gelato is by far La Gelateria Frigidarium, a little place close to Piazza Navona. The choices are endless, the prices are reasonable and the ice cream is just to-die-for. What about fondante dark chocolate, creamy pistachio or their specialty Bacio, meaning “kiss”? Expect to stand in line around certain times but that just makes the whole experience so much better. (What is it about standing in line that makes us want it even more??)

  

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Naia Bistro

Naia is an enjoyable bistro that is highly recommended by locals but fortunately not (yet) overly mentioned in tourist guides. It’s located on a charming cobblestone square in the Latin Quarter of Madrid. The outside terrace is very inviting and most groups tend to linger until late in the evening. Inside seating is just as delightful, with wooden floorboards and mismatched chairs to create a cosy, rustic ambiance. The menu boasts wonderful Mediterranean dishes such as foie shavings with Ruby port reduction, red tuna tartare with avocado ceviche and monkfish over truffle and egg risotto. Portions are generous and the food is presented beautifully – definitely not what you would expect for main courses that are all under € 20! These people definitely know their foods, which might explain the periodic table of food on the window… Make a reservation to avoid disappointment. You don’t want to miss out on that Cheesecake de “Oreo” now, do you?

  

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Bocca di Lupo

Very fine Italian cuisine in the heart of Soho, London. In the midst of the theatre district, only one street behind Shaftesbury avenue, you’ll find Bocca di Lupo, an Italian restaurant recommended by Londoners who enjoy a good Italian meal. The interior is simple. But special curtains or great art on the wall is redundant. With homemade gelati, breads, sausages, salame, pickles, mostarda, pasta and a weekly changing menu, this is a big success anyway. Ready to go watch the master chefs at work? Have a seat at the bar!

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