Amy Traverso'S latest stories

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…

Potlucky

If you want to eat well, make friends with a chef. They like to cook, even when they’re not at work, and their parties are usually legendary. Now we Chowder types are careful about who we pal around with (we…

Invincible summer?

Here’s a picture I snapped today on my way back from lunch at Toro, where I (predictably) had the (same as ever) pollo-salad-and-half-a-tortilla-sandwich that I’ve come to crave (desperately need) on a weekly (daily?) basis. Look familiar? It’s called a…

Our Favorite Dishes: Winter Edition

Here at Boston, we spend a lot of time trendspotting (so you don’t have to!)—looking for new insights into The Way We’re Eating, scouting new hot spots, keeping a bird’s-eye view on the dining scene. What we haven’t done in…

The Foodie Scene Gets Cooking

Thank goodness for all the restaurants conceived and launched before the economy tanked. Per those best-laid plans, the past few months have seen a flurry of openings from the likes of Tony Maws (Craigie on Main), Frank McClelland (the “new”…

Last-minute gifts for your favorite foodie

Happy Christmas Eve, Chowder readers! I finished my shopping yesterday (whew!), but if you’re one day behind me, here are three locally-inspired ideas for all your favorite gourmands: 1) Here’s a gift that gives back: a gift certificate to a…