Best of Boston

2000 Best Al Fresco Restaurant, Gourmet

Up Stairs at the Pudding

Cantabrigians had another reason to delight in the annual opening of the patio at Up Stairs at the Pudding this year: a makeover. But don’t worry, this Hall of Famer has done nothing with the lush green patio more drastic than paint its floor periwinkle blue. Ah, but it’s the perfect hue for this romantic roof garden—a whimsical counterpoint to the pink table linens, tiny recessed Christmas lights, fresh roses, and bougainvillea. Add a clear, starry night and Deborah Hughes’ delightful cuisine, and you’ll mistake this spot for Tuscany.

10 Holyoke Street, Cambridge, 617-864-1933,