Scampo

*Best Contemporary Twist on Italian Fare

Overall: A

Service: 5/5 Scampo is an excellent restaurant for birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions. The staff are accommodating and helpful, and will do everything in their power to make your meal and overall experience enjoyable. Even if you’re only craving a casual Sunday brunch, this spot is sure to impress.

Food: 5/5 Legendary chef Lydia Shire (owner of Locke-Ober and Scampo; culinary director of Towne Stove and Spirits) puts forth a distinctive menu of classic Italian food with a modern, clean twist. Scampo boasts an authentic brick and copper oven, and newfangled pizza toppings (White Clam and Bacon; Lobster; Robiola White Pizza with Radish Leaves and Black Truffle); a vast array of pasta and risotto plates; and an imaginative mozzarella bar (Mozzarella with Prosciutto, Green Papaya and Toasted Spanish Peanut Salad). Vegetarians don’t necessarily need to modify any of the dishes, although, that is an option. Gluten-free menus are available.

Atmosphere: 5/5 Scampo is located inside The Liberty Hotel at the foot of historic Beacon Hill. The stunning restaurant features red brick walls, warm lighting, a modern interior, and seating options suitable for any circumstance. The bar area, accented by bold persimmon leather bar stools and granite U-shaped countertop, is the perfect spot to grab a quick drink or bite. The private room that seats 45 guests has large sliding frosted glass doors for privacy, and is available by reservation. There is chic high-top seating next to the floor-to-ceiling prison inspired windows for the more casual diners. And a formal dining area fully equipped with crisp white table cloths and the capability to seat ten. The picturesque outdoor patio, open during the summertime, provides an impressive view of the former-jail-gone-luxury-hotel’s facade.

Price: 5/5 ($$-$$$)  Now available is the Spring Brunch 2014 menu, which features everything from a $15.00 Croque Madame with Gruyere, Muenster and Membrillo to the $24.00 Rib Steak Arrabbiata with Handmade Poppyseed & Sweet Onion Bialys. Lunch menu prices are similar, and the dinner menu includes $35.00+ options, such as Sugar Cane & Spiced Lamb Sirloin, and Canadian Lobster with Bourbon. What would an excellent Italian restaurant be without an extensive wine list? Scampo offers varietals from California and Oregon to France and Italy. Bonus- you can order by the glass, half bottle, or bottle. Handcrafted cocktails average $14.00 each- worth every penny.

Accessibility: 4/5 The most convenient option is to stay overnight at The Liberty Hotel and then walk downstairs to the restaurant. Limited parking and valet is available outside of the hotel. Parking meters are scattered along nearby streets, but they’re never a sure-thing. For public transport- use the Red Line to get to Charles MGH Station, and walk a block to the restaurant.

Recommendations:

-Chilled Butter Lettuce Leaves {with fresh peas, asparagus tips & thin candied beet crisps with buttermilk dressing} *Spring Brunch 2014 menu

-Eggs Benedict {with honey mustard North Country bacon, spring pea tendrils & classic hollandaise} *Spring Brunch 2014 menu

-Lemon Sole with Ricotta Gnocchi {with crispy baby red Russian kale leaves, lemon-infused olive oil} *Spring Brunch 2014 menu

-Prince Edward Island Mussels {steamed in limoncello with confit pear tomatoes & curly parsley}

-Whole Wheat Organic Kamut Spaghetti {spring ramps, Maine’s peekytoe crab & lightly toasted fluffy bread crumbs}

-Tagliata of Wagyu Sirloin Half Steak {add a side of saffron & mozzarella arancini with harissa & basil aioli}

-“Fresca” {rosemary-infused grapefruit vodka & elderflower}

-Fiano de Avellino, Mastroberardino (2008), Campania

 

215 Charles Street

Boston, MA 02114

617.536.2100

www.scampoboston.com

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