Good Eats and Sweet Treats from My Small Boston Kitchen

Terramia Ristorante

Hello, friends! Can you tell it’s summer again? I am a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad blogger in the summertime… there’s just so much to do, and it’s hard to sit myself down inside when I could be outdoors! I’m sure you understand the sentiment. I also bought a house recently, and moved into it about a month ago, so that’s been a pretty consuming (but very rewarding) experience. Anyway, it’s been ages since I had a chance to sit down with some fellow bloggers for a meal, but recently I had the opportunity to dine at Terramia Ristorante in the North End. Terramia has been on my to-go-to list for ages, so I was psyched to finally give it a try!

I decided to drive to dinner, which was an awful idea. Anyone who lives in/around this city knows that. Summer in the North End is ridiculously busy, and somehow on that very weekend, one of the Italian feasts was going on, AND I got stuck in the middle of a marching band! No joke. I was sandwiched right between the cruiser with his lights on, and the uniformed veterans marching with their instruments. Interesting to say the least. I finally snagged a parking spot, and by the time I got to the restaurant I was beyond ready for a drink and some delicious food. I was not disappointed!

Terramia Caprese Salad

As soon as I sat down, I was greeted with a delicious glass of prosecco, and a few minutes later, we were served a delicious Cannellini Bean Puree (with cherry tomatoes and roasted garlic) and some bread. A tasty start! What followed was a string of appetizers — all seasonal, which was quite the treat — served family style for all to enjoy. Up first: a Caprese Salad with large tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and basil. It was traditional, simple, fresh, and delicious.

(Please excuse the awful photos – this is what happens with an old iPhone in low light!)

Terramia Lobster Fritters

Next came the Lobster Fritters (with a port wine honey reduction and crispy sweet potatoes), which were unlike anything I’d tried, and quite decadent. Each fritter had a lobster claw in it, and they were really good. The port wine reduction and crispy potatoes were really interesting accompaniments, and I think they made the dish really unique and different. About this time we also has wine brought out to the table – one red, one white option – and I went with the Querceto Chianti. I’m typically a white wine drinker, but trying to broaden my palate a bit, and the Chianti was delicious.

Terramia Mozzarella Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms

After the fritters came out, we continued the fried food trend with Mozzarella Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms, served with an incredible honey truffle aioli. These were my favorite appetizer — I’m a sucker for anything truffle. The light batters was just perfect… I think I could have eaten a whole plate or two of these myself.

Terramia Fig, Mascarpone, and Walnut Stuffed Ravioli

After the family-style appetizers came around, we were invited to try one entree off the menu. I tried one of the specials – Fig, Mascarpone, and Walnut Stuffed Ravioli with a sage cream sauce and 2 pork medallions. The dish was heavier than I’d normally order on a warm summer night, but so very delicious. So delicious, in fact, that I finished the whole thing!

 

 

For dessert, we were served a few more family style plates featuring a Tiramisu, a Salted Caramel Bread Pudding, and a Flourless Chocolate Cake with raspberry. At that point, I could barely breath I was so full… but I still tried a few bites of each 🙂 I’m a sucker for bread pudding, which was absolutely to die for, and the chocolate cake was pretty spectacular too.

Terramia desserts

It was a lovely evening meeting some new folks and trying some delicious food. Their menu features seasonal specials, so I look forward to visiting again in a different season!

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In other news… I’ve got a few recipes coming your way pretty soon, so stay tuned! And if someone can figure out how to make these last days of summer last forever, please let me know 🙂



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