New Ladies’ Night Special at Aragosta
Calling all ladies! Aragosta on Battery Wharf has a new happy hour special designed with you in mind! For $20, you get your choice of a cocktail (or glass of wine or beer) and an appetizer from the new Bella Notte menu.
- When: Thursdays
- Time: 5:30 – 10:00 pm
- What: $20 for choice of drink and appetizer from Belle Notte menu
The last time I was at Aragosta, there was one cocktail in particular that I didn’t try and looked delicious: the Settanta Cinque: Aperol liquor shaken with freshly-squeezed lemon juice and charged with Prosecco. Similar to a negroni, Aragosta’s version is well proportioned and refreshing, the bitter Aperol complimenting the slight sweetness of the Prosecco.
I wanted to try one more cocktail off the Bella Notte menu (which is abbreviated from their regular cocktail menu) and ordered the Pomegranate and Cucumber Mojito. I am usually skeptical about drinks with pomegranate, and always afraid that they will be way too sweet. But Aragosta got this one right with cucumber, fresh organic mint, Bacardi Light, freshly-squeezed lime juice, pomegranate and club soda. The sweet pomegranate and cool cucumber work nicely together, and unlike some mojitos, the club soda is just enough to provide bubbles without watering down the other flavors.
We had the pleasure of sitting at the Chef’s Counter, a row of bar-like seats facing Aragosta’s open kitchen. On this perch, you are able watch the chef, sous chef and cooks hard at work, cooking, flipping and plating. On a nightly basis from 5:30 – 10:00 pm, you can select a 3 ($35) or 4 ($45) course Chef’s Choice menu, with suggested wine pairings. For our Bella Notte night, Chef David Daniels selected our appetizers and there were very similar to the ones I would have chosen for myself. I thoroughly enjoyed dining with this view, but recommend light-weight attire as the busy chefs in a hot kitchen made for a warm evening.
The appetizers below are all off of the Bella Notte menu, selected by Chef Daniel for us, and all of them in the full portion as you would be served, with the exception of the Rigatoni, which was served to us as a half portion. I was highly impressed with the portion size of each appetizer. I would suggest enjoying Bella Notte with a few girl friends, each ordering a different appetizer, that way everyone can enjoy the variety of appetizers, and of course, a cocktail!
Truffle Rigatoni, Warm Goat Cheese Fondue
This dish was one of my favorites. I enjoyed the rigatoni without the accompanying red sauce, as the flavors were incredible on their own. I was actually glad that this was served as a half portion; even just one bite was incredibly rich and nice for sharing.
Margherita Flatbread, Torn Burrata, Fresh Basil.
Aragosta goes rustic with this flatbread, which is grilled first, topped with fresh ingredients, and then finished in the oven. The tomatoes were kept in large, chunky pieces, as were the basil leaves and fresh mozzarella. This is a must-order for your group, as the flatbread can be easily cut in numerous pieces for sharing.
Lobster and Truffle Crostini, White Bean Puree
Another must-order. Where the rigatoni was deliciously rich, these crostini were light and airy, with plenty of lobster meat on each piece. The white bean puree held the lobster meat nicely to the crostini, making these little bread bites easy to eat, beautiful and again, easy to share.
Baked Veal and Pancetta Meatballs, Soft Polenta, Fresh Mozzarella.
After enjoying the cool crostini, meatballs were served in a quaint cast-iron personal-sized mini pot. Flavorful and juicy, these meatballs would be perfect on a cold winter’s night.
Hand Crafted Selection of Salumi, Caponata, Hot Cherry Peppers
As a huge fan of all things chacuterie and cured meat, I would consider this another must order. Beautifully plated and with a wide selection of cured meats, sharing this appetizer of three to four different meats would go a long way.
Warm Black Mission Figs Wrapped in Proscuitto, Gorgonzola Dolce.
This dish appeared to be a favorite amongst the other Bella Notte diners, as I watched it get plated time and time again from my view point at the Chef’s Counter. Another perfect dish for sharing, as the rich Gorgonzola would be too much for me after more than one fig, but really compliments the salty prosciutto and sweet balsamic glaze.
I cannot say enough about how much I enjoyed this evening, and both concepts of the Bella Notte and the Chef’s Counter. Bella Notte is a really nice way to enjoy both food and drink at Aragosta, and what better way to do so than surrounded by friends. If that’s not enough to entice you, the Fairmont’s spa, Exhale, is offering complimentary chair massages and polish changes for Bella Notte Thursdays from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.
Sitting at the Chef’s Counter really was a a great way to enjoy Aragosta. Chef Daniels took the time to chat with us, and really gaze me the impression that he genuinely wanted me to enjoy my meal, and truly cared about giving me the best experience possible. I’d say that he and his staff succeeded; I already can’t wait to go back!
Aragosta is located at 3 Battery Wharf in the North End.
Thanks to Ashley and the Fairmont Battery for hosting on this evening. Drinks and food were complimentary, but all opinions are my own.
Where’s your favorite place to enjoy a night with your friends?