Last week I joined a group of bloggers for an evening on the waterfront terrace of Aragosta Bar + Bistro, one of the restaurants inside the Fairmont Battery Wharf hotel. I had never been to Battery Wharf, which is located past the very end of Hanover Street, beyond the hustle and bustle of what people normally associate with the North End. Battery Wharf is far more secluded and calm than the more visible Commercial Wharf and waterfront park. It was the perfect setting for late spring patio dining.
In lieu of tables, we sat in comfy patio sofas around a low table with a fire pit in the middle. We were offered two shooters to start, a Moscow Mule, above, made with vodka, pureed ginger, freshly squeezed lime juice, and club soda, as well as the Yellow Pepper Lemoncello Sour, made with Lemoncello, vodka, freshly squeezed lemon juice, Agave nectar and fresh chives.
A table was set with several appetizers and antipasto, above, a wonderfully crusty but soft bread with olives and olive oil for dipping.
A platter of salumi with caponata and hot cherry peppers. The caponata was rich and tangy and punctuated with sweet pine nuts. It went beautifully with the crusty bread.
Duckfat-fried truffle french fries. My second time having duckfat fries in as many weeks. The rich and crispy fries needed no accompaniment, though it was hard to forgo the aioli served on the side.
Lobster & truffle crostini with white bean puree.
Lobster bisque. Aragosta mean lobster in Italian, and there was even more lobster to be found in several other dishes.
One of the most memorable bites of the evening was the truffle rigatoni with warm goat cheese fondue. The goat cheese is fluffy and light, yet rich, with a slightly crusty baked exterior. When you cut into the rigatoni, there is more cheese to be found. Each tube is filled with a melted firmer gruyere-like cheese. Decadent and ideal for any cheese enthusiast.
I had a chance to check out the inside of the restaurant, which was lovely, but the real star of Aragosta is its waterfront terrace. The views and calm surroundings are unparalleled. Coupled with a fabulous menu, the terrace is the perfect spot for summer evening meal or leisurely drinks. Many thanks to Suzanne Wenz, Chef David Daniels, and the staff of Aragosta for their hospitality.
Aragosta Bar + Bistro
Three Battery Wharf, Boston