La Campania in Waltham, Massachusetts is a truly authentic Neapolitan experience, serving the very best in southern Italian fare. The wood fired oven, assembled by an artisanal builder brought over from Italy, is used to bake the pizzas, as well as prepare all manner of meat dishes. Pasta starters include short rib of beef tortellini; hand cut gnocchi with wild mushrooms and white truffles; and lobster risotto, prepared in a stock of prosecco and lobster, finished with mascarpone cheese. Main deals of lamb ribs, two-ways of duck – confit leg and seared breast – with sweet potato, and grilled veal chops are delicious main events.
La Campania, 504 Main St, Waltham, MA, USA, +1 781 894 4280
The Gaff takes its name from Dubliner slang, found in Ireland, for ‘home’. First opened in 2009, The Gaff – a cosy venue in central Waltham – offers a well curated selection of beer, cocktails and food. Dishes are almost exclusively sandwich based, save for a small number of starters, which include deep-fried, breaded pickles, a hummus plate, and other finger food. Sandwich options include the Irish BLT, which is seasoned with a mustard aioli on multi grain bread, and the Gaff Dog, an immense burger served between a brioche roll with candied bacon, grilled pineapple and caramelised onions. As well as cocktails, The Gaff showcases an extraordinary selection of draught and bottled beers.
The Gaff, 467 Moody St, Waltham, MA, USA, +1 781 209 5600
Naked Fish promises guests a glimpse into an innate philosophy concerning the maintenance of both food preparation and the environment; all seafood used on site is gathered in the most ecologically sustainable way possible. In an age when over-fishing is concern, this means that guests can relax safe in the knowledge that they are dining responsibly. Meals kick off with a choice of starters that range from Brazilian style squid to lobster nachos. Main dishes of Catalan fish stew, sesame crusted mahi mahi tuna and coconut haddock are all meals that diners are unlikely to forget in a hurry.
Naked Fish, 455 Totten Pond Rd #1, Waltham, MA, USA, +1 781 684 0500