An Aragosta ‘Tail’
This weekend will be the official start of summer and we got a nice glimpse of it Wednesday night at a bloggers party (see bottom for list of attendees) hosted by Aragosta, located at the Fairmont Battery Wharf. We were treated to cocktails and little bites, concocted by Chef David Daniels.
On the first really beautiful day we’ve had in months, the weather was perfect for this outdoor soiree. The patio here is perfect for an after work cocktail, casual appetizers or an evening night cap. The stone fire pits provide decor and warmth on chilly June weekends (not to mention a convenient ledge for your glass).
The view of Boston Harbor quickly reminds you of how perfect this location is. Aragosta perches a little way down from the hustle and bustle of Hanover Street and on historic Battery Wharf. Located within walking distance of downtown, it provides tourists with a more quiet ocean view while remaining accessible to the Freedom Trail. For locals, the contemporary Italian cuisine is a nice change of pace from the traditional North End restaurants (and a away from the crowds!).
The cocktails at Aragosto are colorful, picture perfect and delicious! While you can still get a classic Negroni (pictured top left) or the Seaport Lemon Smash (their version of a whiskey smash, pictured bottom front), their spin on a classic margarita was amazing. The Cilantro Sting (pictured top right) includes Patron Silver, vodka, lime, and sirrano chillies. But the essence of this cocktail is the crushed cilantro. There’s a perfect amount of flavor to stand out and be noticeable without being the only flavor. Also on the menu is the Greenest Dirty Martini (pictured bottom back), a traditional dirty martini with the addition of muddled basil; while this salty-savory combination might not be for everyone, it’s definitely worth a try for a dirty martini connoisseur looking to try something different.
Being a hosted event, we were treated to several tasting-size portions of numerous menu items. Some of my favorites included the lobster bisque; not too creamy, not too heavy and just the right amount of sherry.
Handmade Gnocchi, served with slow cooked lamb shoulder, rosemary citrus au jus and and asparagus, was melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
Aragosto’s French fries are cooked in duck fat, adding a subtle layer of extra flavor, then topped with Parmesean.
Finally, the PT Farms Pork Chop with fontina, pancetta, and algra dolce peppers was a nicely prepared blend of many flavors.
If you’re looking for a chance to enjoy Aragosta in a less traditional way, check out their indoor AND outdoor art exhibit, Flash Forward Festival, being displayed June 2-5. Up and coming artists from US, UK and Canada will be on display inside their gallery as well as outside on the hotel windows and even on the walkway to the water. If you’d prefer something more tangential than art, stop by on June 17th for a complimentary whiskey tasting with Dewars. Lastly, if you want to experience the traditional New England activity of catching lobster (Aragosta means lobster in Italian), look no further than the harbor in Aragosto’s back yard. They will take you out on the water, pull up a lobster trap and catch your dinner there on the spot. Aragosto does the rest of the work for you so all you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy that fresh-caught lobster.
With summer on its way, take a scroll down Hanover Street through Boston’s charming North End and over to Battery Wharf. With limited true outdoor dining in Boston, definitely give Aragosta a try for its delicious cocktails and food.
With so much food being offered, BeantownEats wasn’t able to try everything that Aragosta was so gratious to put out. The additional dishes the group sampled, from left to right: Sauteed Calamari Salad, Braised Veal and Pancetta Meatball, Truffle Rigatoni, Pappardelle Bolognese, Orecchiette, and Lobster Ravioli.
Bloggers in Attendance:
- Adam’s Hospitality and Tourism Blog
- Cloud of Chaos
- Delicious Dishings
- Forays of a Finance Foodie
- Fork it Over Boston
- Fun and Fearless in Beantown
- Indulge, Inspire, Imbibe
- Knight at the Restaurant
- Travel, Wine and Dine