When chef Chris Willis opened this spot near Harvard Square last summer, he won immediate fans for its fireplace-lit, plant-bedecked ambiance. It doesn’t hurt that Willis wrings such vivid flavors from great local produce and animal proteins. In particular, his housemade pastas (made from house-milled flour) really sing, from ricotta-stuffed cappelletti with English peas to more substantial lumache in gochuchang-accented Bolognese. There’s surprising sophistication hiding behind that winsome little neighborhood-joint facade.
When out-of-town guests insist on a night in the North End, politely redirect them to this impeccable Porter Square spot that outshines tourist-trafficked wannabes...
Channeling the soul of a small-town Italian trattoria, Michael and Pamela Pagliarini furnish their guests with heartfelt service and rustic fare...