Savoring Tomato Season
By Sara Cravatts
Nebo’s Spaghettini Meditteraneo.
Head west for the best of the tomato season. Vegetable lovers won’t be able to get enough of the heirloom tomato stuffed with bulgar and roasted poblanos with basil cucumber purée. 80 Thoreau St., Concord, 978-318-0008.
Abe & Louie’s
Take part in the ultimate steak house experience while dining at this iconic Boston establishment. Enjoy the distinct local charm through both the ambiance and the food itself, with refreshing dishes such as the fresh beefsteak tomatoes with Great Hill blue cheese, Vidalia onions, and balsamic dressing. 793 Boylston St., 617-536- 6300.
Modern takes on classic, regional dishes make for an exciting and delicious menu at this Nantucket restaurant. Using tomatoes picked on-island, executive chef and co-owner Michael LaScola creates unique dishes such as the Bartlett Farm tomato with watermelon, beets, fresh basil, and Vermont Creamery Bijou goat cheese. 80 Centre St., Nantucket, 508-228-7111.
The restaurant’s new menu offers contemporary American cuisine, including the fresh Summer Tomato Salad with watermelon, heirloom tomatoes, sheep’s milk feta, mint, cilantro, and chat masala vinaigrette. 76 Boylston St., 617-535-8888.
As chef/owner William Kovel’s favorite ingredient, tomatoes are the main feature in many of his restaurant’s dishes. Taking pride in the integrity of fresh and local ingredients, Kovel presents a menu filled with simple flavorful dishes, including the heirloom tomato salad with mizuna, roasted garlic, and coriander vinaigrette. 300 Technology Sq., Cambridge, 617-576-3000.
Sometimes simplicity is king. Enjoy Davio’s fedelini with tiny clams tossed with garlic, juicy red grape tomatoes, white wine, lemon, and olive oil. Doesn’t get much more fresh than that. 75 Arlington St., 617-357-4810.
Bite into tomatoes straight from the farm at L’Espalier’s summer dinner series celebrating seasonal ingredients. The menu highlights tomatoes through inspired dishes such as Fisherman’s Daughter shrimp, Apple Street Farm heirloom tomatoes, watermelon, cucumber ice, and basil seeds. 774 Boylston St., 617-262-3023.
Sisters Christine and Carla Pallotta have channeled memories of their childhood meals into comforting dishes like the Bruschette Zampanella with marinated tomatoes, basil, and shaved Parmigiano, and the Caprese salad with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, and extra-virgin olive oil. 90 North Washington St., 617-723-6326.
Park Restaurant & Bar
Each of the dishes at Park highlights one particular ingredient, and the Summer Tomato Tarte Tatin is no exception. The clean, bright flavor of the tomatoes shines through the dish and is simply accented with fresh herbs, farm greens, and Pecorino Romano cheese. 59 JFK St., Cambridge, 617-491-9851.
Smith & Wollensky
This steak house takes a gourmet approach to the classic Caprese salad. Colorful halved and sliced heirloom tomatoes and creamy mozzarella di bufala are finished with balsamic vinaigrette made with both basil-infused extra-virgin olive oil and fresh basil. 294 Congress St.; 617-778-2200; 101 Arlington St.; 617-423-1112.