Best of Boston

2002 Best New Restaurant, South

Bridgeman’s Restaurant

Not since Paragon Park shut down has Nantasket Beach seen such an attraction. Nearly every night, the locals line up for the energetic scene at the long, sleek bars; for the genteel, white-linened dining area; and, natch, for the Italian-inspired fixings of chef Paul Wahlberg (yes, Mark’s brother.) Spicy penne in a sweet sausage tomato sauce that’s redolent of basil; delicious fried clams; silky, saffron-laced carrot soup—it’s all delivered by an unassuming but knowledgeable staff and enjoyed with a view of the frothy Atlantic Ocean.

145 Nantasket Ave., Hull, 781-925-6336,