Where: Grotto – 37 Bowdoin Street Boston, MA 02114
When: October, 2011
A friend of mine took me here for lunch right before my birthday. I had never been to Grotto so didn’t know what to expect but as soon as we walked down those step and pulled the curtain back to enter the dining room I knew I was in love. The restaurant is small and cozy and you really feel like you stepped off a side street in Rome. Two walls are lined with bottles of wine and brick. The staff was friendly and service quick but not rushed (not always the case during week day lunches). Beyond all this, it was romantic. At lunch! The light was dim but bright enough to see what you were eating, it was warm and cozy, and it wasn’t too loud.
With the afternoon sun and little wine (don’t judge, it was a special occasion) I forget it we ordered an appetizer but the entrees sure do stand out. We agreed to get two items and share but we ended up liking our dishes so much we didn’t swap halfway through. He got the Gnocchi, Braised short ribs with Mushrooms and Gorgonzola which was rich and something you would crave in the middle of winter. I got the Crab ravioli with Asparagus, Almonds, and Saffron which was light, warm and super flavorful.
It was the perfect hideaway.