We haven't been to Martino's Cuban Restaurant, downtown Somerville Main Street in months and after a day working the yard and garden we were ready for something especially refreshing. The idea of their ice cold lemonade slush with some chips, salad and seafood was super appealing and we really didn't want to drive anywhere.
Martino's is walking distance and going there is like arriving at a party. The place was full at 8 pm on a Saturday and that feels right. The place is loud with every table occupied but even more so when the man himself is out working front of house with guitar and irrepressible songs to share. The tables are close enough you get to know your neighbors but that again just seems right at Martino's.
Tiny kitchen is challenged with so many diners present so the wait for food and for the waitstaff itself can stretch out a few minutes more than one might like and sometimes kitchen timing is not overly coordinated like when salads arrive on the tiny table within seconds of your appetizer. But the place is a party and whether sharing hot sauce or life histories with your neighbors, time seems to suspend itself when you're having a great time......and especially when having some wonderful food.
One order of Martino's seafood paella and one seafood combination special were delightful, fresh and lightly prepared with generous portions of shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels and tilapia.....very similar ingredients but very different preparations and flavors to enjoy. One of the dinners came with rice, fried plantains and Martino's black beans (a dish we enjoy when well flavored) and this offering reminded us of just how good something as modest as black beans can aspire. Excellent affordable dinner, leftovers for lunch, and a couple smiles after such a nice evening out,
Rest assured, we won't wait months for our next return visit.