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Townshend: New urban spot in downtown Quincy

IN THE KITCHEN It’s reassuring to see chef Bobby Sisson in his kitchen whites circle into the dining room to deliver the occasional dish, arriving via the atrium-end door of The Townshend and returning through a passageway next to the bar. Sisson, who was the fish butcher at … [Read more...]

Thai Noodle Bar in Quincy

IN THE KITCHEN Chef-owner Jittipong Rakritikul, 33, began cooking when he was 8 years old with his grandmother in a small village in Phetchabun Province in central Thailand. After middle school, he earned a certificate in nutrition at the nearby Phitsanulok Vocational College, … [Read more...]

Bia Bistro at 12 years old

IN THE KITCHEN It’s been almost 12 years since chef-owner Brian Houlihan opened Bia Bistro — cooking his heart out in what was then a 45-seat restaurant. Houlihan arrived in Cohasset after working in restaurants in his native County Cork, Ireland, and several years as executive … [Read more...]

The Jetty: Progressive American food

IN THE KITCHEN One bite at The Jetty and you can’t help but wonder who the heck is in the kitchen. Midafternoon at a remote beach on a cloudy summer weekday — and you can’t expect much. Yet, restaurants live or die by their capacity to produce consistently good fare any time of … [Read more...]

Taj Modern

IN THE KITCHEN When Raginder Singh, longtime co-owner of Quick 6 Liquors in Weymouth, heard earlier this year that the restaurant space across the street was becoming available, he knew he wanted to get back into the kitchen. The native of India has cooked in many restaurants … [Read more...]

New owner of Bridgeman’s doing something right

IN THE KITCHEN Things have changed at Bridgeman’s. In January, after 13 years, the Hull restaurant was sold to area resident Harold Paine, who had become attracted to the hospitality industry while doing large-scale construction for restaurants. Although Paine’s a newcomer, the … [Read more...]

Mother Anna’s: A time-tested Menu

IN THE KITCHEN Mother Anna’s kitchen isn’t about a new Italian cuisine that so many chefs have quested after since the principles of nouvelle cuisine hit this country in the 1970s. Forget about carefully composed, lighter plates, artful streaks of sauce, and local foraging. … [Read more...]

CP’s Wood-fired Pizza: Italian and Creole on the menu

IN THE KITCHEN You don’t often see pizza and jambalaya on the same menu, but, hey, why shouldn’t a chef cook what he loves? CP’s Wood-Fired Pizza owner Christopher Patrick has been doing exactly that since last August, when he bought the small restaurant from his former boss, … [Read more...]

Homestyle Moroccan at Cafe Paprika in Norwood

IN THE KITCHEN It doesn’t take a chemist to be a great cook, but it doesn’t hurt either. Or so we have to believe after learning that Café Paprika’s owner left that profession for something he loved– the cuisine of his native Morrocco. “You have to find your calling,” said … [Read more...]

Vico Italiano for eating with family and friends

IN THE KITCHEN  A large staff in a small restaurant signals a restaurant wanting to please its guests. On busy nights, Vico Ristorante Italiano’s owner-chef, Vincenzo Loffredo, has two cooks with him in the kitchen while four waiters, a busgirl, and his wife, Maria Loffredo, … [Read more...]