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Bottega Fiorentina, Zesto's Pizza, JP Seafood, JP Licks


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Bottega Fiorentina, Zesto's Pizza, JP Seafood, JP Licks

Bob Dobalina | Mar 19, 2007 07:55 AM

It was a casual around-town weekend chow-wise.

Friday night before the movies, we stopped in to Bottega Fiorentina in Brookline Village - a plate of linguini with pesto sauce had brightly fresh basil pesto - a plate of butternut squash tortelloni in butter and sage sauce was very light and featured perfectly cooked pasta with well-flavored squash filling. Both sauces were spiced with a very light hand (I added salt to both per my tastes), but they were not absent of flavor. I love the causal homey atmosphere at this branch, especially effective with the snowflakes falling. Accompanied by a decent slice of Italian bread to soak up the little excess sauce. A great quick light dinner.

Saturday was an evening cooking at home, but we were ravenous and walked down to Oriental de Cuba for a sandwich - it was packed at 4:15 in the afternoon and it looked like it was going to take a looooong time to get food so we ducked into Zesto's pizza on Centre Street for a slice of cheese and a slice of pepperoni. Gross! We were just so hungry that all rational observational powers were dimmed - The crust was that nasty cheap pre-made thing with the hard little dough rim which normally I would have avoided - and the guy did not re-heat the slices in the oven, just straight from under the heat lamp. Again, the little voice inside my head was yelling to ask the guy to throw it into the oven for 30 seconds, but hunger overtook me. It was gross, old, greasy, and ugh.

What's up with cheap pizza joints in Boston!? Somerville has the same type of place - cheap pre-made pizza crusts that just suck bigtime.

(Also, on the same side of the street a little further down, we stopped in to grab a soda from this place with a grill on the back left - it had these awful moldy cloth booths and the place just reeked of moldy basement. I practically ran out. I can't believe the health department hasn't shut this place off. It was disgusting - can't remember the name.)

Anyway, a nice dinner at JP Seafood on Sunday evening - One DC got udon with a side of tempura, which we sampled and were quite pleased with the crispness of the batter. Sashimi platter and spicy tuna roll were nothing special but competently executed. It is a good neighborhood spot. Should have ordered the special St. Patty's Day roll with jalapeno tobiko that a nearby table raved about.

Finished at JP Licks with a scoop of Fresh Banana and a scoop of Cappucchino Crunch that were good complements. The fresh banana was excellent - creamy, reminiscent of banana creme pie.

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