Best of Boston

BEST Chef, Up-and-Coming

2005 BEST Chef, Up and Coming

Pino Maffeo, Restaurant L


You’ve never crave artichoke-goat cheese lollipops until you tasted Pino Maffeo’s daring cuisine at Restaurant L. Like other mad gastro-wizards, Maffeo employs a host of high-tech gadgets (including a centrifuge) to whip up plates like caramelized scallops with poached asparagus… read more»

2004 BEST Chef, Up and Coming

Gabriel Frasca, Spire


After years of working with some of this city’s best (Gordon Hamersley, Michael Schlow, Seth Woods), it’s Frasca’s turn to soar at Spire, the restaurant at the Nine Zero hotel. And soar he does, with entrées like his fresh pea… read more»

2003 BEST Chef, Up and Coming

Tony Maws, Craigie Street Bistrot


If ever there was a feel-good pill for these challenging times, chef Tony Maws’s cooking at Craigie Street Bistrot is it. Troubles fall away as soon as you set foot in this subterranean restaurant and its cozy dining room, a… read more»

2002 BEST Chef, Up and Coming

Dante deMagistris, blu


When blu opened at Sports Club/LA last winter, many eyed the restaurant with suspicion. Would the brightly colored, Cali-inspired glass-walled dining room work in Boston? Would the menu be filled with bland, flavorless health club fare? The answers: yes and… read more»