Sorellina brings sophisticated and modern Italian-Mediterranean cuisine to its tables, set in a warm-modern aesthetic. Chef-owner Jamie Mammano’s elevated menu is a mix of contemporary and classic dishes, like gnocchi with Maine lobster and Vermont butter, or the Maacheroncelli with American Waygu beef meatballs, Montepulciano sauce and parmigiano, For secondi dishes, try the Striped Bass with aqua di pomodoro, toy box heirloom tomatoes, fava beans and basil oil. Make sure to finish the meal with something sweet, like the traditional bombolini, with blueberry, lemon curd, semolina crumble, and lemon-frozen yogurt.
Address & telephone number: 1 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA; 617-412-4600
Top of the Hub is known for its breathtaking, birds eye 360 view of the city and its wonderful, elegant decor. Sitting on the 52nd floor of Back Bay’s Prudential Center, its glass walls offer a sublime dining atmosphere with New England dishes and contemporary cuisine, influenced by the cooking styles of Asia and California. There’s a heavy emphasis on fish and shellfish dishes, including Boston lobsters and New England clam chowder, along with the highest quality beef, veal, lamb, chicken and game that make up the changing, seasonal menus. Finish the meal off with something sweet like their Blackforest Cake with brandy sauce and cherry coulis, and if you’re just looking to enjoy some cocktails, Top of the Hob has its own lounge set for just that.
Address & telephone number: 800 Boylston St., Boston, MA; 617-536-1775
Get in touch with your inner carnivore with one of Abe & Louie’s steakhouse dishes. Their tender and flavorful ‘Flinstone-sized’ cuts and classic sides will delight anyone’s palate. Choose from meat-based appetizers like the beef carpaccio, sirloin steak tartare, or the wood-fired bacon with Nueske’s bacon, blue cheese, whole grain mustard and peppadew relish. There’s an extensive steak and chops list featuring filet mignon, lamb chops and bone-in aged prime ribeye, along with main dishes like swordfish steak or herb-marinated and oven roasted chicken breast with natural pan jus and whipped potatoes. Every meal can be perfectly paired with one of their 600 definitive wine options, which both the novice and the most pronounced connoisseur will find fit their tastes.
Address & telephone number: 793 Boylston St., Boston, MA; 617-536-6300
Lucca is a chic restaurant offering high-end Northern Italian fare in a beautiful space with floor-to-ceiling windows. Their award-winning menu includes contemporary classic pasta and secondi dishes, such as Tagliatelle Nero (with grilled Spanish king octopus, hand-rolled squid ink pasta, fennel and a Fresno pepperoncini roasted red pepper puree) or the Pollo Saltimbocca (Statler chicken breast, La Quercia prosciutto, and heirloom tomato risotto with basil oil). Be sure to check out the extensive wine list, which has won the Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence.
Address & telephone number: 116 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA; 617-247-2400