There isn't a better way to spend Fall/Winter on the South Shore than dining out every
night. I wish we could all have such pleasures, however, this column will take you
along on my television and radio dining, eating, munching, tasting tours to some of
the favorite restaurants and inns around Southeastern Massachusetts. You are invited
to "Eat Your Way Through Southeastern Massachusetts" if only in words. (Watch and
Listen to my Television/Radio Shows if you want to use your eyes and ears too!)
Over the past twenty or so years I have experienced and patronized several (457 to be
exact) Massachusetts Restaurants, and without exception to any other area...Variety
is the Spice of Dining in Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod. Some nestled
inland, others by the water...some found in old Sea Captains Homes, some in modern
structures...traditional New England cooking, ethnic dishes, gourmet cuisine and all
These are some of the choices for dining on the South Shore...as suggested by our
Television Viewers and Radio Listeners.
NEW ORLEANS CRABCAKES - SCALLOPS CONSTANTINE
GARLIC HERB STEAK - SALMON AU POIVE - SCHROD SPANISH STYLE...
are the entrees that make up a "not so simple menu" at Not Just Seafood in Rockland,
MA. After 12 years in this town, Chef Ray Fuccillo, has inspired diners to travel from
Boston and Cape Cod to experience some of the 60 menu items offered for both lunch and
dinner. New Orleans Crabcakes, delicately light in texture and spice, crisp yet moist
inside. My second choice, Scallops Constantine, bacon wrapped scallops on a vegetarian saute
of pineapple, tomato and Grand Marnier. The main entree selection is
the Garlic Herb Steak, sauteed with butter, garlic, oregano and a special blend of
herbs (Ray's secret) for a very subtle flavor. Salmon Au Poive is the alternate
entree, coated with cracked imported black pepper and sauteed at a high temperature to
impart a spicy but "not too hot" crust that is absolutely delicious, served with lemon
herbed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
CAPONATINA A LA PALERMITANA - VONGOLE A LA CASINO
GAMBERI A LA CACCIATORE - TRIPPA A LA TRIETINA...
naturally Italian describes Casa Regina in Abington, especially since Chef Ray Alongi,
Jr. and his father, Damian, have both the heritage and culinary education to create a
true Italian fare. You will be tempted with the Caponatina a la Palermitana, Eggplant
with onions, capers, celery, manzanilla and red wine braised in a sweet and sour
tomato sauce or the Vongole a la Casino, baked stuffed cherrystones clams topped with
flavored bread crumbs and lean bacon strip a la casino. Gamberi a la Cacciatore is the
choice entree, gulf shrimp sauteed
with peppers, mushrooms and onions stewed in a wine
flavored tomato sauce and fine herbs. This dish was prepared for me on my television
show and was outstanding. When you want a truly Italian entree must try the Trippa a
la Trietina, braised honeycomb tripe with onion, fresh garlic and herbs simmered in
Ray's succulent tomato and espagnola sauce (the sauce will be available for sale at
retailers in the coming months). Casa Regina; open for lunch and dinner, Rte. 18,
Abington Plaza, Abington, MA 617-871-7175.
WEINER SCHNITZEL - HERB/SPICED CRAB CAKES - STEAK LUCIFIER - HADDOCK BELLA VISTA -
WALTER'S PECAN PIE...
are selections of the wide and varied eclectic menu found at the Fairview Inn in
Marshfield (Brant Rock) where both Michael Elms, Walter Greaney and Chef Glen reside.
This management combination and the ever changing menu choices has made this restaurant
extremly popular over the past 12 years. On my 33rd visit I selected the Weiner
Schnitzel, a tender cutlet lightly breaded and pan fried with lemon juice and butter,
served with sauerkaraut, pasta with garlic butter. I couldn't resist a second choice,
the herb spiced crab cakes, with a chunky crabmeat texture, lightly fried and served
with three sauces (a ying - yang taste treat) Steak Lucifier, a sixteen ounce choice cut,
grilled to taste and
topped with broccoli, meat of a full lobster and hollandaise
sauce and the Haddock Bella Vista, broiled with diced onions, peppers, tomatoes and
mushrooms then baked with Mozzerella cheese are two extra special entrees that should
not be missed when you visit this historic establishment. I mentioned the Pecan Pie
because I had two slices (one for testing) and extra special with two scoops of vanilla
ice cream. Walter is the baker at Fairview and believe me this alone is worth the trip
to Brant Rock. Opened year round, lunch and dinner. And do enjoy the a panoramic view
of the Atlantic Ocean and on a clear day you can see Provincetown, Cape Cod from the
deck area. Ocean St., Brant Rock, 617-834-9144.
LOBSTER, SCALLOP AND LEEK STRUDEL - ROASTED PESTO SALMON CRAB STUFFED SOLE -
CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CAKE...
are just entree and dessert samples of the Fall menu created by Executive Chef Peter
Martin at the Belfrye Inn in Sandwich, MA. You must savor a favorite at the Inn,
Peppered Filet Mignon, pan seared filet lightly coated with black pepper, accompanied
by young tender seasonal vegetables, garlic and rosemary roasted potatoes, drizzled
with a red wine sauce with truffle oil. Since Strudel is one of the Chefs'
specialties, prepared with lobster meat, scallops, leeks and celery wrapped in Phylo
dough, baked golden brown , served on a bed of saute' leeks and scallion with a
Chardonnary cream sauce. Now on to the Roasted Pesto Salmon, a filet of Salmon with a
thin coating of pesto wrapped in phyllo dough and oven roasted. This is truly an entree
that will be remembered as a special life occasion dinner. Gray Sole stuffed with snow
crab meat baked with a touch of white wine, served on a bed of wild rice, baby vegetables and a lobster
cream sauce. If I may suggest just one more entree...the Lamb
Loin Chop, a center cut lamb chop pan seared with potato and goat cheese gratin
tatatouille and a sweet vermouth and balsamic sauce. Oh Yes! the dessert, Chocolate
Peanut Butter Cake, a chocolate ganache on top and smooth creamy peanut butter inside.
The second choice, which I will definitely order on my next trip is the chefs own rich
and creamy white chocolate graham cracker crusted , sour creamed White Chocolate
Cheese Cake. By the way, this is a lodging facility too, with an authentic Belfrye and
8 tastefully appointed rooms. All the pleasures of Sandwich are within walking distant.
You may enjoy this Inn on my television show on Channel 53 on the South Shore, Mondays
at 8PM. Seasonal porch luncheons and dinner nightly ,8 Jarves Street, (508) 888-8550.
CHICKEN SCAMPI - SCROD D'NAPOLI - FRUTTI D'MARE - 30 FT ANTIPASTO BAR -
CAESAR SALAD - TARAMISU...
simply said you could say Paisano's is a dramatic modern Italian
ristorante, somewhat theatrical, with ebony and brass, I call Paisano's
simply Italian, moderately price entrees, attentive service and lives up
to their prestine reputation. (A totally non-smoking restaurant since it
opened 6 years ago.) Chicken Porto Fino is my first choice - a whole
breast of chicken and two jumbo shrimp sauteed in a red wine, lemon,
mushroom garlic sauce and then onto the Frutti D'Mare - shrimp,
swordfish or haddock, littlenecks, mussels and scallops sauteed in an
Italian plum tomato sauce with
garlic, red bell peppers over pasta. And
I must tell you about the 30 ft Antipasto Bar...the flowers of garden
vegetables as well as a variety of blended pasta and vegetable salads.
Savor the soups and Caesars Salad...prepared by Chef Carlo. Great wine
list...but remember leave some room for the dessert...Taramisu....an
exceptional recipe. Lunch and Dinner, 7 days. corner of Route 106 & 27,
Kingston, 781-582-1022. Watch Chef Dan prepare the Frutti D'Mare on
my TV show, Sundays at 10AM, Thursdays at 7PM on Adelphia Channel 58.
Send your favorites to me via Email or postcard!
I will be randomly drawing 6 each month. Winners will join me for dinner at a South
Shore restaurant. I pick up the check! If you are sending a postcard, mail
to: Restaurant Favorites, P.O. Box 950, Marshfield, MA 02050.
Watch my Half Hour RESTAURANTS & INNS REVUE Television Shows:
Metro Boston - Channel 51 - Mondays & Thursdays - 7PM
Listen to my RESTAURANT & FOOD REVIEW radio show:
South Shore - Channel 10 - Mondays & Thursdays - 8PM
Plymouth/Kingston - Channel 58 Sundays 10AM - Thursdays 7PM
Cape Cod - Channel 11 7 Evenings at 6PM
WATD FM 95.9 Sundays- 9:AM to 11AM
"DINNER IS THE MOST WONDERFUL PERIOD OF THE DAY AND PERHAPS ITS GOAL - THE BLOSSOMING
OF THE DAY. BREAKFAST IS THE BUD." Novalis
As always, do everything in good taste, JR
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