Best of Boston

2008 Best Romantic Restaurant, Affordable


Dim lighting and deep red accents set the mood at Grotto, an Italian eatery nestled into the eastern slope of Beacon Hill. Chef-owner Scott Herritt delivers unexpected luxury in his $35 three-course prix fixe, which sashays smoothly from southern simplicity (grilled calamari and white beans with lemon) to northern decadence (gnocchi with short ribs and Gorgonzola). It’s cuisine that bespeaks seduction; fortunately, the vibe is casual enough to make it seem as if you’re not trying too hard.

37 Bowdoin St., Boston, 617-227-3434,