Best of Boston

2023 Best Veggie Side

Pasta Beach

Remember when Mom said, “Eat your veggies”? At Pasta Beach, you’ll be shouting, “Yes, please!” That’s because of the recently revamped Italian joint’s twist on asparagus — that’s right, asparagus — which takes the spear-shaped vegetable to new heights thanks in part to a decadent Parmigiano-Reggiano cream. But the real showstopper is a crispy poached egg with a runny yolk that will make you fall in love with that advice of your childhood, possibly for the first time.

30 Rowes Wharf, Downtown, 617-439-6900,