Table Talk: March 2011

By Donna Garlough | Boston Magazine |

BOOMING  With three new restaurants coming to the area, Kendall Square’s dining landscape is about to get a whole lot more interesting. There’s Abigail’s, featuring craft beers and an “ingredient-driven” menu prepared by Formaggio Kitchen and East Coast Grill vet Jason Lord; Firebrand Saints, a rotisserie and sandwich spot; and Meadhall, a gastropub that’ll take the place of Quantum Books.

JUST OPENED  The Lyons Group is building quite a cluster of colonies in the Back Bay — first Towne and Back Bay Social Club, and now Mass Ave, which occupies the former Match space on (surprise) Massachusetts Avenue. Look for a shared-plates menu of cocktail-friendly fare such as cheese fondue, sliders, and duck spring rolls.

TREND WATCH  Viva Mexico! In addition to Lolita, Papagayo, and the forthcoming Tico, fans of Mexican and Latin cuisines can look forward to Temazcal, which comes to the Seaport this spring and will spotlight a 300-bottle tequila list. Meanwhile, Faneuil Hall is getting Mija Cantina, a lively, 300-seat eatery; an opening date has yet to be announced.

NEW IN THE ’BURBS  Pigalle and Marco chef Marc Orfaly has his first new project in a while: He’s partnered with Quincy native Timothy Collins to open Remick’s in Quincy Center, offering an eclectic mix of American, Asian, and Italian fare (tuna tartare with ponzu; Italian wedding soup; fried chicken; pâté with pickles).

IN THE WORKS  Rumor has it that beloved Italian chef Marisa Iocco, who has run the kitchen at Galleria Italiana, La Bettola, Bricco, and Mare (and was last cooking at Spiga in Needham), will return to the North End with her own restaurant. She’s securing licenses for La Sosta da Maria; it’s slated to open in a space on Salem Street that formerly housed a hair salon.

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