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One-two punch: Capone Foods and Pemberton Farms

finlero | Mar 3, 2008 11:21 AM

With my spouse and preferred dining companion recovering from the flu, we stayed in this weekend, but dined in style and ease courtesy of Capone Foods and Pemberton Farms in North Cambridge, a combination whose star has been rapidly rising for me.

Saturday was squash and duck sausage lasagne with sage and shallot butter (thanks the for heads-up, bella_sarda!). It needed a little salt, but wow, that was an amazing creation, a sweet and subtle cousin to the usual bold tomato renditions. I'm definitely making it a point to go back and buy one of these to keep in the freezer for a spur-of-the-moment lazy evening at home.

Sunday was a variation on the same theme: pumpkin ravioli, also from Capone, which I opted to serve in, yes, a sage and shallot butter sauce. I love the filled pastas from Capone, which carefully tread the line of being refined and interesting without being flashy or gimmicky.

Desserts and sides were all from Pemberton Farms. Really fresh (if not particularly cheap) veggies like broccoli rabe and kale. And surprisingly delicious pre-made desserts. I quite liked the lemon mousse torte, but was astonished to discover that Pemberton's carrot cake may be my favorite in the city, sporting a great depth of flavor, as well as that perfect combination of slight heft and moistness.

Although Pemberton Farms' prices are consistently high enough to make me feel a little guilty for shopping there, Capone's prices seem pretty reasonable for the quality. The smaller-size lasagne (they have a massive tray too) and box of ravioli totaled a few bucks south of $20.

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