Nebo, Finally!

The North End’s Nebo has been on my “must-visit” list for quite some time now. Over the Boston Marathon weekend this past year, we had plans to go there. Heat and huge North End crowds drove us to the cooler, quieter suburbs for dinner at A Tavola in Winchester, so when I had an event in the North End this week, right across the street from Nebo, we decided to make a long overdue visit.

Nebo has been around since 2005, which makes it even worse that I made my first visit in 2012! It is owned by two sisters, Carla and Christine Pallotta, who have been inspired by their grandmother, mother, and travels through Italy to create a beautiful, delicious wine bar and restaurant.

Nebo Boston

Our dinner at Nebo happened on a 90 degree evening, so we both cooled off with a rosé wine from Planeta, one of my favorites, and a stop on my dream vacation to Sicily. Pretty, pink, cool, with flavors of ripe strawberries and rose petals, this wine, like all Planeta wines, was delightful.

Planeta wine

We had a hard time deciding on what to order from Nebo’s extensive menu and eventually decided to share a few things. To start, we had the bruschette ricotta: nebo fig spread, ricotta, prosciutto di parma, all which went perfectly with the wine. The salty meat and sweet fig spread were a big hit with both of us. As with the rest of our meal, the portion size for the price provided some really outstanding value which is always a reason to return.

bruschetta

We split two entrees; of course we had to try the winner of the Bobby Flay Throwdown, zucchini lasagna which was made up of layered zucchini, homemade ricotta, mozzarella, romano, marinara sauce. We also ordered the pappardelle alla Bolognese: slow braised meat ragù, tomato, cream, pecorino romano. Both dishes were hearty and made with a fresh, tangy tomato sauce. The pappardelle was to-die-for; it doesn’t get much better than homemade pasta!  And we could totally tell why the zucchini lasagna was a winner. My meat-loving husband actually liked that dish even better than the Bolognese. We ended up with two sizeable portions to bring home for lunch the next day.

dinner at Nebo

We were fairly full by the time the dessert menu came along, but Nebo offers a simple favorite, affogato, so we had to share it. Fluffy, creamy vanilla bean gelato mixed with rich, hot espresso? Dreamy. It was just the right amount of sweet to end the night.

affogato

The service at Nebo was fantastic. Our server was very friendly and checked in on us several times without being too pushy. It was the perfect place for a relaxing date. With so many menu items to try, Nebo will be seeing us again!

Did you eat anywhere delicious this weekend?

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  1. Michelle’s avatar

    I love that I can see Bret’s office in one of your photos. :-) I had two lovely meals at Del Frisco’s and Blue, Inc. this weekend.

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    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      The event I was at before dinner was actually in Bret’s building!

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    2. Amanda’s avatar

      I recently had dinner at Nebo and I agree – their home made pasta is spectacular! The Bruschetta Ricotta sounds delicious and I’m sad I missed it when I was there. Gives me another good reason to go back :-)

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    3. Daisy’s avatar

      I recently went here too (before I moved! and I felt the same as you, FINALLY!) but it was spontaneous with a couple friends after pedicures and I didnt have my camera. what a shame though, because the food was so good. We had wine, salads and pizza and it was all amazing. I need to go back!

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    4. Megan’s avatar

      So happy you had a great time there! My friend and I just bought the Living Social deal for Nebo over the weekend and are planning to check it out soon!

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    5. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

      I had a bad experience at Nebo. They brought us the wrong meals after a 45 minute wait, then when we got the right dishes, they were ice cold, our server was MIA and unapologetic. I’m glad you had a better experience!

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    6. Erica @ In and Around Town’s avatar

      I went there once and had a great experience! I was with someone who is gluten free and they have a great menu that is so adaptable.

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    7. Elizabeth’s avatar

      That affogato looks dreamy. I went to Portland over the weekend so I had lots of good food.

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    8. Michelle Collins’s avatar

      I’m glad you finally got a chance to try this place out! I went to a friend’s wedding this weekend at The Publick House in Sturbridge, and they had the best wedding food I’ve had to date. It was great!

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    9. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

      I haven’t been to Nebo either! Actually now that I think about it, I haven’t been to the North End in a while… Now I want to go there!

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    10. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

      I, too, have never been to Nebo. The zucchini pasta sounds incredible and I’m loving rose this time of year!

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    11. Raija’s avatar

      Have to try this!

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    12. Sues’s avatar

      Yay! So happy you tried Nebo :) If they were open for lunch, I’d probably be there right now!

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    13. Molly Galler’s avatar

      I am always looking for new North End places and Nebo looks delicious! Thanks for the drool-worthy photos!

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