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