Table Talk

What’s heating up the city’s food scene.



Pouring It On   One-hundred-year-old truffle peddler Sabatino & Co. has set up its first U.S. shop on Newbury Street, stocking Mediterranean products — from saffron-scented olive oil to Umbrian white and black truffles in season.

Now Serving   South Boston welcomed Local 149 last month, reviving the former Farragut House. Co-owner Jason Owens (Biltmore, American Provisions) kept a few of the pub’s original features, including a 60-year-old oak bar that bartender Mike Stankovich has stocked with 22 draft beers as well as house-made tonics and mixers. The menu by chef Leah Dubois (Stoddard’s, Grezzo) mimics the Biltmore with its chicken and waffles and fried Brussels sprouts, but also offers other gastro-comfort fare, such as clam chowder with pork belly. Owens says it’s all about breaking down barriers: “There shouldn’t be rules to how we eat. Eat what you want, when you want it.”

Touch of Spice   Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Market goes pan-Asian this month, introducing a new prix-fixe menu. It’s a riff  on his street-food-inspired New York restaurant, Spice Market, and it might actually pave the way for a Boston version, which Team JG hopes to open in 2012 (if they can nail down a location). For now, sample the fare during the 10-day transformation, which starts April 18 and features family-style platters of spiced chicken samosas, halibut with Malaysian chili sauce, and black-pepper shrimp.

Coming Right Up   Long-awaited Liberty Wharf is up and running with Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse this month. (A Legal Sea Foods outpost will open there soon; Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar and Grill and Temazcal Tequila Cantina are already serving.) The Texas-based chain plans to fill the 13,000-square-foot space with 15 wine cellars and a floor-to-ceiling wine wall. On the menu you’ll find prime aged beef and seafood fresh from pier neighbor Foley Seafood. Speaking of fish, Jasper White tells us he has plans for a Summer Shack Dedham; watch for a late-spring opening.