I've been a fan of Michael Scelfo ever since the Chowhounds (Dax, et al) tipped me off to Dedo a couple of years ago. When he left Umbria, I had kept my ears open for where he might show up next. So, when Bostonchefs.com mentioned in May that he was cooking at North Street Grill in the North End, I had been meaning to check it out, and yesterday's Calendar review spurred me to check it out immediately.
Well, he is still cooking up wonderful, delicious food. We entered the cozy, small space and sat at the bar. Looking around, we liked the size and atmosphere of the place, small without feelng crowded (we especially liked the two booths with big wide windows). We started with the tuna tartar which we really enjoyed. Instead of the ubiquitous sesame oil/soy, it was tossed lightly with a sesame aioli, piled on top of a hefty portion of crunchy seaweed salad, and garnished with crispy homemade potato chips. Our other appetizer was the burrata (my latest obsession) with prosciutto and grilled bread. It was also excellent, the burrata soft and creamy and topped with a flavored olive oil. Entrees were a truffled lobster risotto with fresh peas (generous enough that I couldn't finish it!) for me. And E. loved his impressive fried oyster sandwich on focaccia - perfectly fried, juicy oysters made even more tasty with a layer of prosciutto and carrot slaw. It came with some more of the potato chips, and homemade sweet pickles (so addictive that my pickle-disliking husband declared them "great!"). Didn't have room for dessert, but we will definitely be back. In fact, we've already thought of all the friends who would enjoy such a place - warm, cozy atmosphere, great food and prices, and friendly service.