* Oleana, near Central Sq., Cambridge
Straightforward cooking, driven more by the judicious use of middle eatern and North African flavours than by techique.
Creamy, tangy deviled eggs with olives and tuna, smooth hummus as starting bites. Earthy kibbeh sandwiching spinach, delightfully smooth jerusaleum artichoke puree; could use more morels.
Good deep flavoured lamb steak,nice spice rub, but tough rather than tender. Rich tomato flavour, ground beef and delicious fava beans make up the side.
Delicious choc panino (bitter chocolate melted between two slices of brioche), the almond cremolata refreshing but perhaps a bit light to keep up with the depth of the chocolate.
Also loved the crisp, sweet shredded carrots perhaps touched with some spice in the bavarian dessert.
* Gelateria, North End, Boston
Beautiful soft buttery texture on the hazelnut; great flavour. Ditto on the chewy toasted almond.
Pear has a delicious hint of peary graininess, good pear flavour, but too sweet. Kiwi tastes a little light, also too sweet.
Grapefruit has lovely acidity, tart with a bitter hint. Excellent. Equally good is the blood orange, orangey with a delicious bitter rind finish (thanks MIchaelB).
Chocolate is nice, but the texture a little grainy.
Flor di latte comes across as a refined version of soft serve vanilla, very milky. I dig it.
Amarena -- good veins of the tart cherry in a background of white vanilla.
Chestnut is delicious, a little soft and boozy I think, but the chestnut flavour on the mild side.
Ameretto -- pleasant light marzipan flavour.
Tiramisu tastes mostly of an excellent coffee, hard to catch a rum or marsala hint.
PS. overheard that Volle Nolle is going to make a lamb and eggplant sandwich next week.