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North End Round Up: Parla, Prezza, Neptune


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North End Round Up: Parla, Prezza, Neptune

gini | | Jul 14, 2014 06:20 AM

Around 6pm on Friday, L put our names in at Neptune and walked over to meet me at Parla. The space is adorable. We sat at the bar, where service was attentive and sweet.
The food:
Crispy Herb Polenta with truffle aioli - crispy, salty, delish!
Wild Boar Meatballs with house tomato sauce, shaved parm, micro basil - dry. Seasoned correctly, but dry.
Braised Oxtail Arancini - crispy fried rice balls, oxtail, peas - these could have been slightly creamier inside, but the flavors were right on.
Pork Belly - lime rocks, smoked salt, black pepper aioli, nasturtiums - wow! This was just great - perfectly balanced and satisfying.
Cucumber Melon Gazpacho - maine lobster salad, sugar snap peas, lovage, vadovan aioli - my favorite dish of the night. The right balance of sweet and savory.

Neptune still hadn't called us, so we wandered over to Prezza for a glass of wine and the egg raviolo - they still got it! That thing is so good.

At Neptune:
A selection of oysters, of which Beach Blond and Winter Point were highlights.
Hamachi crudo - I felt the slices of fish were oddly large, but the flavors were great.
Neptunes on horseback - everything tastes good here, but the cold pulled pork somehow weirded me out slightly.
Johnnycake - holy god this is amazing. Who knew honey, johnny cake, and smoked fish would work so well together?
Service was awesome, especially given that the patrons waiting to get tables were decidedly angsty.

Navigating the North End on a Friday is a bit scary, but we were able to find seats everywhere with no trouble at all.