New England is known for many things, but perhaps most prominent among them is the historical and luscious legacy it pays to its food. With some restaurants that have been serving happy customers for hundreds of years celebrating dishes invented in the area as well as recreating cuisine from all over the world, there’s no going wrong with dining out in the greater Boston area.
Here are some of the best and tastiest—for decades!—when it comes to classic New England fare:
While there may be many attempted versions nationwide of the lobster roll, the original will always be found in New England. It’s a sandwich which is comprised of a hearty buttered, toasted roll stacked tall with pink lobster meat coated in a salty, savory sauce—sprinkled with herbs and pepper, all to create an indulgent bit which can’t be replicated anywhere that doesn’t have access to the freshest of lobster meat.
Did you know that one of the nicknames for Boston is ‘Beantown’? This nickname is justly deserved by the New England town; although the name itself might be deceptive. Beans prepared stewed, not baked, are an invention of none other than Boston—and the distinctive flavor mix of molasses, bacon, spices, and salt originated nowhere other than America’s northeast coast. Next time you’re in town, try baked beans in the place where they were first made!
Boston Cream Pie
Named for one of the largest New England cities, the creamy confection that is Boston Cream Pie originated in 1856 at the Parker House Hotel in Boston itself. Wondering what the pie actually is? It’s a creamy chocolate pie, featuring two custard-bathed sponge cakes soaked in rum and sugar. The entire pie is finished with an indulgent covering of chocolate fondant to give it a crunchy, sugary shell. Find the original at the Parker House Hotel or a fantastic replica at almost any good bakery in Boston.
When you next feel the urge to go out on a gastronomic adventure, look no further than New England. In addition to the incredibly fresh seafood naturally available due to its miles of coastline, the states in the Northeast have prioritized both international and historical, regional cuisine—including the best of Italian fare! Visit the New England area for amazing food the next time you’re looking for a fantastic food journey. And when you do come here, stop by for an authentic Italian dinner at The Original Strega!