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BIBLIOBITES IN MAY – Eating and writing!

May’s Bibliobites group read Garlic and Sapphires by bestselling author and former New York Times food critic Ruth Reichl.

Everyone said they loved the book and many revisited her two memoirs – Tender at the Bone and Comfort me with Apples. Some even went on to read her new fiction title Delicious – published in May.



It was great fun to read about little-known and soon to be discovered restaurant gems in the Big Apple along with tidbits about famed restaurants such as Daniel’s and Tavern on the Green – Many of us were fascinated by the NY food scene where restaurant critics are celebrities and recognized on sight. Reichl’s undercover disguises and her zany methods to remain undetected added to the fun as she chronicled her dining adventures in the city for us. We were all drooling over the food descriptions and eager to test our new-found critic’s eyes as we tackled our “homework” visiting both new and familiar restaurants. Some of us stayed in the area, others ventured as far as Maine to sample the culinary fare. We heard a variety of opinions as we ate our way across New England — some glowing, some so-so and some positively negative. But one thing was crystal clear from the discussions – this Bibliobites group likes to eat! And we like to talk about what we eat too!



Group members visited and reviewed the following restaurants:

Good for Lunch:
110 Grill – Chelmsford
Family Affair Restaurant & Catering located at The American Textile History Museum in Lowell

Family and Comfort Food
Aldo’s Café – Stoneham
Bonefish Grill – Burlington
Centro –  Lowell
Evviva Cucina –  Westford
Not Your Average Joes –  Acton
Red Heat Tavern – Wilmington

Specialty Restaurants
Bison County Bar and Grill – Waltham
Fishbones – Chelmsford
Margaritas –  Nashua

Out to Dinner
80 Thoreau – Concord
Earth at Hidden Pond– Kennebunkport, ME
Season 52 – Burlington
Sportello – Boston

Some of the group members’ restaurant  reviews are available in the comments section.  Do you have some restaurant suggestions or comments?  Add them in the comment section. – Bon Appetit!



1 comment to BIBLIOBITES IN MAY – Eating and writing!

  • Evviva Cucina – Westford
    Review by Maggie
    Is there life after Bertucci’s?
    If you are looking for a casual night out, either as a couple or with the kids, consider checking out Evviva Cucina at Westford’s new Cornerstone Square. After three visits there, I have found the atmosphere to be attractive and warm, the wait staff attentive and knowledgeable, and the ingredients to be fresh, with unusual combinations.
    I have grown tired of Bertucci’s, so consider this as a step up, but in the same vein. The restaurant has an industrial chic feel with high ceilings, a combination of high top and regular tables, and an expansive bar with 80” screen TV’s broadcasting a variety of sports events, though not in an obtrusive way.
    The restaurant was conceived by the owner of the Burton’s Grill chain and is run by his son, Nick Harron. The focus is on the open kitchen, with regional Italian dishes made from scratch. They also have many draft beers and varieties of wine to complement any meal.
    On each visit, I have had an individual pizza, since I do not enjoy a presentation with large quantities of food. My samplings have included the shrimp scampi pizza (baby shrimp, feta, garlic, marinated tomatoes, white sauce), and the prosciutto pizza (fig jam, house made buratta, EVVO, prosciutto, arugula, shaved parmigiano, truffle salt, grilled lemon, and pickled shallots). All pizzas are prepared with a very thin crust, with either a Neopolitan style (traditional) or La Montanara (flash fried, toppings added, then finished in the oven). I have ordered the Neopolitan style every time, and it is extremely fresh and light. Although both of the pizzas mentioned above were high in taste, the Prosciutto was harder to manage since the toppings, especially the arugula, did not stay on very well. The flavors were there, but the pizza was harder to eat neatly.
    In addition to pizza, there are creative appetizers, salads, sandwiches, pasta, and several full plate dishes. They have a children’s menu which includes pizza, pasta, and several grilled options.
    Service for my three visits has been exemplary with attentive wait staff. Take out is also available. If you haven’t checked relatively new local restaurant out, I recommend that you do so soon.

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