Best of Boston

2006 Best New Chef, North

Nick Speros, Soma

Speros has run his own restaurant (Gloucester’s 197 East Main) and hopped around Boston’s top kitchens (Radius and Armani Café) but it wasn’t until Soma that he developed a distinctive personal style. Encouraged by fellow Grecian and owner Nik Paras, Speros has embraced his roots, turning out dishes like beet and bean salad with ;skordalia, a Greek garlic sauce, and rare steak salad tossed with yellow wax beans. It’s all Greek to us—and it all makes delicious sense.

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