Food & Drink


2018 Winner: Erbaluce


Don’t know Piemontese cuisine? This Bay Village indie will make you wish you’d discovered it sooner. Chef/polymath Charles Draghi prepares Italian food the way actual Italians like it: light and subtle and deep-flavored, relying on highly seasonal, local ingredients, with vegetable and fruit essences replacing butterfat in sauces. Partner Joan Johnson curates a superb, mostly Northern Italian wine list. Your North End-loving pals may not get it; bring Italian ex-pat friends instead.


69 Church St., Boston • (617) 426-6969

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