Amy Traverso'S latest stories

Is the Worst Over?

Things were looking grim for the restaurant business last January. The tanking economy seemed to reached its nadir during what is already the slowest dining month of the year (too many people feeling too cash-strapped or too stuffed to eat…

First Bite: North 26

The Millennium Bostonian Hotel sits on a prime patch of real estate–directly across from Faneuil Hall, a stone’s throw from the North End–but no one seems to know about it. Or, at least, here’s the standard reaction I got when…

The Sun Sets on Aujourd'hui

If you haven’t heard already, the Four Seasons announced this weekend that it will close its celebrated restaurant, Aujourd’hui, after a final dinner on June 27. This is sad news for lovers of Boston tradition (the restaurant opened in May…

The City's Best Falafel: Not in Brookline!

Wow, that headline really feels like sacrilege, given how long I’ve bowed at the altar of Rami’s, and the Israeli takeout joint still does turn out fantastic chick pea fritters. But the spinach falafel wrap at Sofra has made a…

First Bite: Boston Burger Company

One advantage to living in a college town: You don’t have to go much farther than the nearest campus to satisfy your craving for a decent burger: Harvard has Bartley’s, BU has UBurger, and now Tufts has Boston Burger Company,…

Reichl declares Shire meal, “One of my best ever!”

At Wednesday night’s book party for Ruth Reichl’s memoir, Not Becoming My Mother, at Upstairs on the Square, owner Mary-Catherine Deibel held court like the lovely grand dame she is, while guests oohed and ahhed over chef Susan Regis’ stuffed…

First Bite: Jerusalem Pita

A relatively small neighborhood packed with restaurants and foodies alike, Brookline’s Coolidge Corner offers a fertile ground for rivalries (the Anna’s–Boca Grande burrito war of the early aughts, for instance, continues to simmer). Has another gauntlet been thrown down with…

Stephi's Gets Familiar with Us

Ever on the lookout for restaurants that tweak our preconceptions and beguile our palates, we at Chowder must admit that—especially on unseasonably bitter March nights—we sometimes have a weakness for places that simply coddle us to the core. Such a…

Ten Times Two Equals…

Call it a big-budget (or bigger-budget, anyway) sequel to a cult favorite: The recently debuted sister location to J.P.’s tiny Ten Tables keeps its star—David Punch’s top-drawer European bistro fare—while adding new cast members like L’Espalier vet Nico Herregodts and…

Restaurant L: Another One Bites the Dust

We’re sad to report that Marc Orfaly’s Restaurant L, opened only three months before, closed this weekend. There had been rumors that the restaurant was struggling, again (the previous iteration, Pino Maffeo’s Boston Public–pictured–blew up rather spectacularly last summer), and…