Tomasso Trattoria "Best Restaurant" West of Boston

The annual "Best of Boston" issue was released this week and, in the West segment, Tomasso and Panzano were both recognized with awards.
Tomasso was selected as the winner of Best Restaurant, General Excellence, and we were also the runner-up for Best Locavore Restaurant (that is, restaurants serving mostly locally sourced foods). 
Panzano was also honored as the runner-up for Best Gourmet Shop West of Boston.  Fred Mullins and his staff at Panzano work very hard to provide great product selection, quality, and customer service.  It was very gratifying to see our efforts recognized and rewarded by Boston Magazine. 
visit tomasso and panzano here 

Lunch @

Can you say Genourmous! Is that even a word? Well its how we would describe the Lobster roll Jill had at Stephi's on Thursday for Lunch! Jason opted for the roast turkey club salad, which was just as large, and I enjoyed an ever toasty turkey reuban panini with fries of course. The staff there is so nice and the place is just plain comfy. Thanks Stephi's staff for a great lunch this past Thursday! Will be sure to see you soon....
a few other favorites of ours are....
• salty pretzel crusted crab cake
• prosciutto and parmesan fritters
• smoked salmon tart  

Yet, Another Rainy Day Recipe!


by La Morra Chef Josh Ziskin

  • 5 lbs ground beef
  • 6 oz ground or chopped prosciutto
  • 3 cups ground dried porcini
  • 2 cups parmegiano
  • Bread soaked on milk
  • 8 lightly beaten eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 bottle white wine
  • flour to coat balls

Mix all ingredients vigorously with your hand, until the mixture is somewhat light and fluffy. Taste for seasoning.

Roll into 2 oz balls.

Heat large pans, Add a little oil, flour, and lightly brown balls on all sides. Deglaze with white wine, and finish cooking as wine reduces, adding a little stock if needed.

4 Food Events you should know about...

This weeks picks from W2Eat!

Tuesday, July 14 – Tuesday July 21 
Lunch & Dinner specials will be served at UpStairs on the Square for a week long festival: Tribute to Lobster & CornSusie and Steve will each be highlighting all kinds of intriguing combinations—for appetizers, lunch specials, and dinner entrees in both dining rooms. You won’t need a bib, but bring your appetite…check out the menus online.

Tuesday, July 14th (Bastille Day)
Street Fair in Celebration at Gaslight
Great Food, Fine Wine, Entertainment  Music and Goods From Local Artists
Call: 617-422-0224 

Friday, July 17th
Bruno’s Summertime Favorites
Join Olivadi Wine Director Bruno Marini in this special monthly pre-fixe kicking off with a Reception featuring Chef Selection of  Passed Hors d’ oeuvres & Bruno’s Secret Sparkling Cocktail. $75 per person inclusive of tax and gratuity
Call: 781-762-9090

Sunday, July 19th 
Beer & BBQ Showdown at Chiara 
Enjoy a day of bbq & beer in a head to head culinary showdown!
$49/person (Price includes: Beer, Hors d'oeuvres & Dinner)
Call: 781-461-8118

Where to Eat - Cheap Eats

Happy Hour has a new meaning thanks to the Recession. Menu deals are popping up left and right all over town and I am not referring to bar nuts on the counter. This past week, Monday-Thursday,  I challenged myself to a week of cheap eats, testing whether or not the deals are as good as they claim to be and to see if they can fulfill the place of an actual dinner. 

Not only was this less of a challenge that I originally thought, I was also overwhelmed with the portions restaurants are practically giving away. 

Well as much as I loved saving money, its Friday and time to splurge....Have a great Weekend!!!

 5-4-3-2-1-0 deal at Noir Bar at the Charles Hotel
With the purchase of a drink, Noir offers $5 Flatbreads/ $4 Sandwiches/ $3 Snacks/ $2 Salads/$1 Sweets and the nuts they throw in for FREEMonday through Thursday from 5-7pm 

What I tried: Cool Hand Luke ($12) a Grilled Chix and Portabello Flatbread ($5) oh & some nuts (free) = $17
Call: 617-661-8010

$1 Raw Bar and $5 Frozen Mojitos at Stix Bar & Patio
Freshly shucked oysters on the half shell, king crab legs, scallops, shrimp, and jumbo crab claws... available Tuesdays through Fridays from 5-7pm at the bar and on the patio. Enjoy with $5 Meyer's Mojitos.

What I tried: 5 shrimp ($5) 4 oysters ($4) & 2 Mojitos ($10) = $19
Call: 617-456-7849

Sensing Snacking Platter
A collection of 6 bites for $.99 a piece. Options range from foie gras to cantaloupe & prosciutto Kebabs every Wednesday from 5:30-7:30pm. 

What I tried: 2 Lobster rolls ($2) 2 Kebab of cantaloupe & prosciutto, port jelly ($2) 2 Local oyster with shallots and vinegar grani ($2) 2 Marinated spicy clam ($2) and 1 Caliente Sunrise ($13) = $21
Call: 617-994-9001

50 cent Tapas at Masa Bar
Every night tapas are $1 except for Thursday which if you order a combo plate, they are $.50. Signature Masaritas or a classic margarita, or a ½ liter of sangria are just five bucks apiece offered 7 day/week. 

What I tried: 2 Fire Roasted Corn taco ($1) 5 Beer battered Achiote Shrimp ($2.5) 3 Goat Cheese Quesadilla ($1.5) 2 Pulled Pork Spring Rolls ($1) 2 Ahi Tuna Tartare ($1) 2 Empanada ($1) & ½ liter of sangria ($5) = $13
* extra special treat; thursday's happen to be salsa night as well. stick around, starts at 9pm
Call 617.338.8884 

All of July

Dine Like a President

from Childhood to The White House

During the entire month of July, come to The Fireplace

and enjoy the foods of our greatest native sons.


Those US presidents who were born, raised or vacationed

annually in the six New England states will be honored with a

culinary exploration into what these patriots ate and drank.


To be served are favorite recipes of:

John Adams  Massachusetts

John Quincy Adams  Massachusetts

Franklin Pierce  New Hampshire

Chester A. Arthur  Vermont

Calvin Coolidge  Vermont

Franklin Delano Roosevelt  Summers -- Campobello, Maine

John F. Kennedy  Massachusetts

George H.W. Bush  Summers -- Kennebunkport, Maine

George W. Bush  Kennebunkport, Maine


These culinary treats will accompany The Fireplace's always all-American

"Red, White & Blue" wine list. The presidents' dearest libations will also be imbibed.

Dinner Sunday-Wednesday 5-10 pm, Thursday-Saturday 5-11 pm

Lunch Monday-Friday 11 am-2:30 pm

Brunch Saturday & Sunday 11 am-2:30 pm

Mid Day Menu Daily 2:30-5:00 pm

1634 Beacon Street Brookline 02446

617 975 1900