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Sycamore Stays Special

teezeetoo | May 1, 201509:30 AM

Haven't been to Newton for a while but returned to Sycamore after a year for dinner. It was better than ever. Honestly, with the exception of Coppa and Erbaluce in the city, I think this was better than most comparably priced meals I've had in Boston this year and the service was the best I've had in quite a while. As with many places, I prefer the appetizers to the mains (that is, I like the choices among the appetizers better than the mains on the menu). The charcuterie plate was outstanding: morcilla cakes, chicken liver pate, a wonderful coarse salami, generous portions, pickled cherries and a fine mustard on the plate. The rabbit polpette with gnocchi and pistachios was the best dish I've had this year other than my favorite brussel sprouts at Coppa. The appetizer portion was generous and my husband kept trying to steal it. His raw asparagus salad with salmon was almost as good. We loved our cocktails (his was the Penicillin with his favorite LaPhroig and mine was a Grey Ghost with gin and rhubarb). Two very minor complaints, probably caused by ordering things we had had at stellar places before and making nostalgic comparisons: he had the uova in ravioli, his favorite dish from San Domenico's in Italy, and he found the additions here (pea pods, morels, peas and I think maitakes) distracting. He ordered beignets to share for desert and they were lovely but they aren't Café Du Monde (no Mississippi by moonlight I guess). The wine list, while small, looked interesting and affordable but we didn't try anything this night. The service was worth commenting on: it wasn't merely perfunctory. It was friendly, communal, and conveyed a true welcome.

Coppa Enoteca,
Erbaluce
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