When trying to decide on a spot to grab a bite with friends after work, I like to leave the location up to them.  In doing so, I have the ability to learn of new places and avoid the habit of always going to the same old place.  On a recent occasion, a friend suggested ‘Nebo Cucina & Enoteca’ located on Atlantic Ave in Boston.

‘Nebo’ turned out to be a great spot!  The restaurant was opened roughly ten years ago and has a great rustic industrial style.  The place was bustling on a Tuesday night which is always a positive sign in the restaurant business.  While the weather wasn’t quite warm enough, there was an intimate patio space that I’m sure would be perfect on a summer night or cool autumn evening.  My only complaint on the decor would be the stools.  Perhaps they’re okay if you are just grabbing a quick drink, but if you are planning on catching up with friends for a few hours not so much.  The stools are very hard, and backless.  My hospitality background lends me to think that they were purposely chosen to ensure a quick turnover each night!

On to the more important things, like wine & food!  They have an extensive list of Italian wines to choose from and I opted for their Quattro Moni Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, which was delightful and very fruit forward.  We chose to then order a couple of items to share while we caught up on this thing we call life. First there was an order of Arancini which was stuffed with porcini mushrooms and mozzarella cheese, and were just as good as they sound!  Next up was an order of ‘Polpettine’ which were their housemade fried meatballs finished with marinara and pecorino cheese.  Unfortunately I found these to be a little lacking in the flavor department.  The last thing on our list was their ‘Gino’ Pizza which I have to say is one of the best pizzas I have had!  It was topped with spicy sausage, hot cherry peppers, a traditional marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese.  Delish!

‘Nebo’ is definitely on my list of places to visit again.  Oh yeah, the attached parking garage was also a huge plus!

Nebo Cucina & Enoteca
520 Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA  02210
617-723-6326
www.neborestaurant.com

 

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