Eataly Boston – Via Emilia by Michael Schlow Tasting

Michael Schlow via emilia

Part of Eataly Boston’s Italian wonderland is La Cucina, a rotating-concept restaurant space where they will be inviting local chefs to take over the space and create their own pop-up restaurant menus. Debuting February 1st, the first chef to take over the space is Michael Schlow who has several accolades to his name such as “Best Chef in the Northeast” from the James Beard Foundation.

I was invited to a tasting of some of the dishes Chef Schlow will be featuring at his pop-up, Via Emilia, where the food is dedicated to the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Emilia-Romagna is home to several of my favorite Italian foods, including Parmigianno-Regiano and Proscuitto di Parma. (Seriously, I’ve been known to eat a plate of Proscuitto di Parma by itself as a meal.) Naturally, I was psyched.

While those staples of the region are on the menu along with other classics, the dishes we sampled were definitely a little more adventurous. As Michael Schlow put it himself, he could have served us all bolognese and we would have all loved it, but that would have been too easy.

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Pavia – Formaggio Pizza – Boston, MA

pavia formaggio slice

I’ve recently hit the 4 year mark at my office job here in Boston’s Financial District. We always get our office parties catered by Pavia, but other than those occasions, I really haven’t gone there very often. This might be one of my biggest regrets as a young professional. Their food is cheap, the portions are large, the lines are never too long, and they have a ton of options. 2017 goal: try more of their slices. On this particular Wednesday, I grabbed a Formaggio slice.

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Lower Mills Tavern Breakfast Pizza – Dorchester, Boston, MA

Lower mills tavern Dorchester breakfast pizza

Does this breakfast pizza from Lower Mills Tavern look amazing or does it look amazing? Lower Mills Tavern opened up down the road from my apartment a few months ago, but I haven’t gathered up the motivation to go until this past New Year’s Eve. I had to go for a run, I didn’t want to run, so I got my boyfriend to agree to meet me at LMT at the end of said run. Pizza as a motivation to work out always does the trick.

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Posto Mobile Soppressata Pizza – Boston, MA

Posto never fails to create pizzas that are prettier than I will ever be. Their brick & mortar location in Davis Square is a beautiful space but it’s pretty far from my apartment, so I thank my lucky stars that they have Posto Mobile bringing food to the Financial District every week. On this particular day, I had packed a salad for lunch and was dreading the thought of it. Once I scrolled through my instagram feed and landed on Posto Mobile’s photo announcing that they were at High St @ Greenway, it was a done deal. F the salad, I was treating myself to some good pizza instead.  Continue reading

Granary Tavern – Boston, MA

It was a perfect October day- 80 degrees, sunny, and smack dab in the middle of the work week. Since we couldn’t blow off the office completely and spend the day at the beach, we chose the next best thing- going out for lunch. Unfortunately we weren’t able to snag a table on Granary Tavern’s patio (apparently everyone else had the same idea as we did,) but they gave us the next best thing and sat us inside but right next to the patio. I ordered a glass of rose and was flip flopping between ordering their burger or a flatbread. Spoiler alert: the flatbread won.  Continue reading