Dinner at Posto

I think I’m going to be visiting Somerville more often…

Even though I live nearby, I rarely make it to this often-overlooked-in-terms-of-restaurants area. Sure, I was recently there to run a 5K and for brunch, and I’ve been there for a delicious ice cream and chocolate tasting, but I rarely venture to Somerville for dinner. But this is before I discovered Pizzeria Posto.

My friends and I dined at this restaurant last week and we were very happy with the food, service and ambiance. I’ve heard good reviews about Posto before, and even sampled their grilled octopus salad at Taste of the Nation, so I had high expectations when we arrived. It more than lived up to my expectations because even before we left the restaurant, we were already planning on coming back!

you can immediately see the big wood burning oven in the kitchen area beside the bar

Posto’s antipasti menu is very appealing and it took my friends and I a few minutes to decide on which items to order. We split a few appetizers:

Nonna's meatballs

soft polenta with wild mushrooms and poached egg

tomato and goat cheese bruschetta

These were all phenomenal. At first I declared the polenta as my favorite (you know me and my love for a runny yolk), and then I tried the meatballs al forno and said “nope, this is my favorite,” but after one bite of the tomato and goat cheese bruschetta, I was a goner. It was pure perfection. The crusty bread, tangy goat cheese, sweet tomatoes, and herbs elicited moans of approval from our whole group.

I would have been content with just the appetizers and wine (our server recommended a Sangiovese mix, which satisfied my sweet palate but wasn’t too sweet to turn off my dining companions) but we really were there for the pizzas: Neopolitan wood-fired pizzas with homemade fior di latte mozzarella cheese.

I ordered the Bianco because I am vain like that.

Look at that crust! It was chewy and thin and crispy. And big. I could only eat one slice. (Yes, I ate a lot of apps, so what?)

my friends ordered other things but they wouldn't let me try them

They said they are sick of me proclaiming “this is my favorite!” after every bite.

I’m kidding – I have very nice and generous friends and I was able to steal try a bite of the sausage pizza and the tagliatelle pasta with roasted shrimp and white wine. I like that Posto offers half portions of the pasta (perfect as a primi course). I also like that they have bottles of spicy olive oil at each table. My friends and I are all spice-lovers and we used the olive oil as a dipping sauce for the pizza crust.

We ended the night with tiramisu

There are several items on the menu that we want to come back to Posto for, but on top of our list is the Whole Wood Oven Roasted Pig. Ask any Filipino living overseas what they miss most about the Philippines, and surely lechon would be part of the list. I have talked about lechon several times already (and other pork dishes that remind me of it) and my friends and I definitely want to try Posto’s famiglia version. It’s also nice that Posto has a private function room, and in fact one of my friends is already planning to celebrate his birthday there (with the pig roast, of course).

Posto, we'll be back soon!

Have you recently discovered any new (or new to you) restaurants in your neighborhood?

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25 Responses to “Dinner at Posto”

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted April 26, 2011 at 8:52 am

    That looks amazing, I want those meatballs!

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    Joanne posted April 26, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Somerville is definitely a super fun, but under-visited place! I used to love going there in college…have you been to Riles Jazz Club for brunch…the BEST!

    (Although avoid the little sandwich shop that’s there…overrated.)

    This meal looks delicious!

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    Dana posted April 26, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Everything looks so delicious… I’d love to try that polenta and egg dish!

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    MelissaNibbles posted April 26, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I want to try the polenta and egg. I love anything with the egg involved.

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    Susan posted April 26, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I live in Somerville and I say out loud that I want to go to Posto one day ever time I drive by. I’m glad it was great! My most recent neighborhood discovery was Bergamot (another Somerville gem). It’s officially one of my new favorite restaurants.

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      Bianca Garcia posted April 26, 2011 at 10:47 am

      Ohhh yes Bergamot! I love Bergamot too and I forgot that it is in Somerville (because I just walk to it, I think it is in Cambridge hehe). Definitely check out Posto one day!

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    Leslie Kerr posted April 26, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Posto is great, and Somerville is one of my favorite dining destinations. Shh, don’t tell anyone and maybe there will be more for us. I agree, those meatballs were wonderful, too. Great atmosphere, great service.

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    Daisy posted April 26, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    what an incredible meal! it is so fun to discover new spots in your hood. I love Bianco pizza – your namesake knows whats up ;)

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    Megan posted April 26, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    We’ve gotten takeout pizza from there before but never eaten there.

    My newish neighborhood favorites are Bergamot and Bosphorus. Inman Square has so many great places though!

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    Michelle Collins posted April 26, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I’ve only been to Posto once, but I cannot wait to go back – I had a very positive experience as well!

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    A Plum By Any Other Name posted April 26, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I wanted to go to that delcious pairing of Taza and Batch! Wow, glad to have the info on Posto … those meatballs look to die for.

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    Audrey Ellen @ My Scene and Herd posted April 26, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I live in Somerville and have been to Posto a couple of times. I was definitely impressed with their offerings. I initially wrote it off as just another “trendy wood fired pizza place” but it has a lot more going on. Looks like you ordered some great things!

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    Michelle posted April 26, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Bret and I were just talking about how we want to do the whole pig private party but that we don’t know enough people who would want to do it! If you organize a party, can we come along?

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      Bianca Garcia posted April 26, 2011 at 2:36 pm

      Oooooohh how about we organize a blogger dinner for the pig roast??

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    Sarah @ Semi-Sweet posted April 26, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    LOVE Posto! Close to us too, and so much better than Il Casale, IMHO. Great room and the bar is really nice – would be a good place for two to dine more casually, esp. when the restaurant is jammin’ (which it usually is!).

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    KellyB posted April 26, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    One of my favorite restaurants. There beet salad, posto is the first place I’m had beets, is amazing and I can’t wait to go back and have it again. The last time I was there I also had this crab and sweet pea pasta which was to die for. And I love there montepulciano wine by the glass.

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    Amanda L. (Tales from a Kitchen Misfit) posted April 26, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    I LOVE Posto. I really appreciate that they do half orders of almost everything! And a PIG ROAST?!?! OMG.

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    Tracey posted April 26, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    I never ever get over to Somerville but now I feel I have to. This places looks amazing.

    I do have a new local called Local 149. I need to go a few more times to work out if I really do like the place, or I like that fact that we finally have somewhere different to dine at in Southie other than an Irish bar!

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    ashleigh posted April 26, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Everything looks SO good!! Especially the tomato and goat cheese bruschetta and of course dessert :)

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    Elizabeth posted April 26, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    It’s pretty silly I still have never been considering how close I am. I went once on a Saturday night and the wait was too long. I do really want to go. The bianco looks fabulous.

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    Julie @ Shining From Within posted April 27, 2011 at 6:40 am

    yum!!! everything looks sooo good. I’m such a sucker for a wood burning pizza oven. I recently went to a food truck that sells amazing vegan food, love love love!

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    Lauren posted April 27, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Everything sounds so good! I love when you find new restaurants where everything is your “favorite.” I do that too when it’s a place that I really love! And I need to get better about branching out to new places. Lately I’ve been going to the same ones over and over – I think it’s time for some variety in my life.

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    chrysta posted April 27, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    whoa. Loving the goat cheese and tomato bruschetta. Looks delish!

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    Taryn posted May 2, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    I’ve gone by Posto so many times, and always wondered if it was worth stopping into. Looks like it is! Thanks for sharing :)

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    tntd posted May 5, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Nice to know that the spot morphed from Carberry’s to O’Naturals to something worth trying…

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