Dinner at Babbo

When it comes to dining out, we’ve gone from being the people who want to try a new restaurant the night it opens to having a handful of old favorites that we tend to migrate to more often than not. There’s a whole lot happening in the Boston restaurant scene though, and hopefully the fall with bring with it some interest in branching out again. I finally made my way to Mario Batali’s Boston outpost of Babbo last week with a bunch of friends, and I really enjoyed it.

I kicked things off with a delicious Summer in the City cocktail made with a raspberry rye. The cocktails and wine list at Babbo were really spot on, with plenty of options.

summer in the city cocktailBabbo Boston

Babbo is the perfect spot to dine out with a group, as many of the dishes are designed for sharing. And share we did! Our table was full of food the entire time, and we didn’t stop until we made it through dessert. My plate had little tastes on it at all times; it’s my favorite way to eat.

peas and prosciutto Babbo Boston

Some of the highlights of the meal included Peas with Mint and Prosciutto, Tuna Sott’olio, Grappa Cured Salmon, Calamari, and Cauliflower Siciliana.


fried zucchini blossoms

Fiore Di Zucca brought to the table one of my seasonal favorites, Local Squash Blossoms, Coach Farm Goat Cheese & Lemon Aioli.

zucchini pizza Pizzas were on-point, with fresh, fun ingredients like zucchini, straciatella, and wild boar salami. The one below was topped with a perfectly runny egg. I love egg on a pizza!

pizza with egg

Even though we’d eaten our fair share of dinner, we couldn’t pass up desserts, including the Sweet Corn Coppetta and the Olive Oil Coppetta.

Sweet Corn Coppetta    olive oil coppetta

The olive oil gelato with fresh fruit was my favorite, light but rich and just so yummy.

Babbo surprised me not only by how good it was but also with the great value. I expected it to be a little overhyped, being a celebrity chef owned restaurant and all. What we got was great food, lovely service, and a check that didn’t break the bank.

For another post on a Mario Batali restaurant experience, check out my visit to Tarry Lodge.

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Tags: Boston, dessert, Dining out, Food, Restaurants

  1. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    The olive oil gelato was my favorite dessert too! And I am craving that squash pizza right now. So great seeing you! xo


  2. Michelle’s avatar

    Such a fun night! I’m actually heading back there again this week!


  3. William’s avatar

    We actually thought it would be an overpriced tourist trap but loved it there, too, and YES on the olive oil gelato.


  4. Jenna at Boston Chic Party’s avatar

    Okay- I need to get there and try the gelato and the squash blossoms! Looks seriously yum! Thanks for inspiring me to try yet another restaurant Meghan :)


  5. Molly Galler’s avatar

    This has been on my list since before it opened! Great to hear the squash blossoms and desserts were a big hit. I can’t wait to get there and taste my way through the menu!


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