What to Eat (and Sip!) During Eataly’s Spring Restaurant Fest This March
The secret to good food? As any Italian will tell you, the answer is actually quite simple: fresh, seasonal ingredients. With spring around the corner, that means light, refreshing dishes of colorful fruits and vegetables, packed with vibrant, fresh flavors. The good news? You can get a taste of primavera right here in downtown Boston.
From March 16-29, Eataly’s popular Restaurant Fest returns, showcasing all-new dishes reflecting Italian springtime traditions. During the festival, each of Eataly Boston’s four unique restaurants—Terra, La Pizza & La Pasta, La Piazza, and La Pescheria—will serve up its own spring-infused, two-course prix fixe menus starting at $18 along with $25 bottles of wine curated by Eataly’s wine experts.
“We know Bostonians are ready to shake away the winter cold, so we’re celebrating spring the best way we know how at Eataly—through food,” says Eataly Boston Executive Chef Courtney Higgins. “Our Restaurant Fest menus feature our favorite recipes and highlight early spring produce with the bright flavors from farm-fresh greens, pesto alla Genovese made the traditional Ligurian way, Neapolitan pizza topped with in-season ingredients, and more. These two weeks are a great way for guests to discover authentic dishes through our $18 and $28 two-course menus.”
Ready to celebrate spring like a true Italian? Here’s an early look at the delicious seasonal selections offered during this year’s two-week festival.
Head up to the third floor for the fire and earth-inspired Terra, a rooftop oasis centered around a wood-burning Italian grill for a unique dining experience. Highlights include the housemade pappardelle, thick ribbons typical of Tuscany, and the Bistecca di Wagyu, marbled, tender, and cooked to perfection over the wood-burning grill. Book your table here.
At Eataly’s progressive fish-focused restaurant, you can choose your dish straight off the seafood cart, sourced seasonally and sustainably from Eataly’s regional partners. A combination of contemporary Italian cuisine and fresh New England catches, La Pescheria is your destination for traceable seafood with a twist. You won’t want to miss the crudo del giorno, sliced raw fish of the day, and the scialatielli alla pescatora, a short and thick pasta from Southern Italy that pairs perfectly with rich seafood sauce.
At La Pizza & La Pasta, sample two of Italy’s greatest exports: Neapolitan pizza and pasta. Taste the irresistible combination of charred crust, creamy mozzarella, and sweet San Marzano tomatoes of authentic Neapolitan pizza, baked in golden wood-burning ovens by trained Rossopomodoro pizzaioli (pizza makers). In the mood for Italy’s other famous staple? Grab a dish of al dente pasta imported from Gragnano, the birthplace of dry pasta, paired with housemade fresh pesto alla genovese. Book your table here.
For a more casual experience, head to La Piazza: modeled after a lively Italian city square, the drop-in restaurant makes an ideal gathering spot for friends and family. The restaurant offers New England’s largest selection of Italian and domestic salumi and formaggi from Eataly’s very own cheese counter, from paper-thin slices of Prosciutto di Parma DOP aged for 18 months to crumbly, savory bites of Parmigiano Reggiano DOP. No reservation required.
No Italian dish is complete without a glass (or two) of vino! With $25 select bottles available only during Restaurant Fest, it’s the perfect excuse to expand your palate: go for a mineral-forward and refreshing Falanghina from Campania, a balanced Chianti from the heart of Tuscany, or even a quartino (small carafe) of prized Fontanafredda Nebbiolo from Piemonte.
For more information on Restaurant Fest at Eataly Boston, visit eataly.com/restaurantfestboston.This is a paid partnership between Eataly and Boston Magazine