Aragosta: Summer Menu
Patios are all the rage during the summer time, and Aragosta’s should not be overlooked. Situated in Fairmont’s Battery Wharf in the North End, Aragosta features lounge seating with thick cushioned couches, complete with a fire pit in the middle of each table. Small tables with chairs line the water-front side of the patio for additional seating. What you will find at Aragosta is friendly staff, an enthusiastic chef (if you want to see for youself, pull up a chair at the Chef’s Counter) and some good food. Chef Daniels manages to capture the essence of comfort food with an upscale twist. Here are a few items you can expect to find on Aragosta’s summer menu.
Lobster and Truffle Crostini, White Bean Puree ($17)
Truffle and lobster are decadent enough on their own, and at first bite, I thought the combination was a little too rich. But the white bean purée really smoothed out these powerful flavors and made me wanting more!
Watermelon and Feta Salad
I did not see this salad in their lunch or dinner menu, and hope that was just an oversight on my part because it was one of my favorite dishes of the evening. I’ve been seeing a lot of watermelon salads this summer. A simple pairing with feta and fresh basil then served chilled makes for a refreshing combination.
Baked Veal and Pancetta Meatballs, Soft Polenta, Mozzarella($12)
I have had Chef Daniels meatballs before and they were just as good as I remember. The veal is subtle, yet adds just the right amount of flavor to give these meatballs character. Polenta adds a creaminess without being too rich. I know Jon would eat a meatball any time of the year, but I really would like to see this dish on a winter menu.
Ahi Tuna Flatbread, Thinly Sliced Vine Ripe Tomato, Arugula leaves, Truffle Mayo, Parmesan ($21)
Tuna and red sauce is not something I would normally put together, yet the flavors seemed to work. I crave lighter dishes in the summer heat and simple olive oil base for the pizza might be a little lighter for a summer menu.
Seared Sea Bass
Creamy polenta makes for a nice bed on which to sit this wonderfully seared piece of fish.
Seared Georges Bank Scallops, Short Rib Farrow, Fig Butter ($29)
I have never seen a scallop presentation like this before, and the hit of bitterness from the greens on top of a perfectly seared scallop really work.
Dark and Stormy, Lemon and Lavender Martini, Peach Sangria
Aragosta patio offers a breathe of fresh air from the busy streets of the North End. Friendly staff are ready to serve while you sit back, relax, sip on a summer refreshment and enjoy some tasty dishes. As the fall is already fast-approaching, keep these fire pits in mind in the fall and winter months!
I was a guest of Aragosta at this event; everything was complimentary, opinions are my own.
Where is your favorite patio in Boston?