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At Sorelle Bar & Grill, a confident chef in her prime

IN THE KITCHEN I take it as a sign of a chef’s confidence to offer salt and pepper at the table, and chef Andrea Schnell has it and does. Not that I’ve needed it -- everything I’ve eaten on three visits has been perfectly seasoned. The great reputations that Schnell and her … [Read more...]

A kitchen of her own, in her hometown

IN THE KITCHEN Two black-and-white photographs of chef-owner Jennifer Daley hang on the wall in the back of The Epicurean Kitchen in Hanover. One is of Daley and Julia Child, and one of Daley and Martha Stewart. Child, known for her generosity with young Boston chefs, … [Read more...]

Come summer, this place will be hard to get into

IN THE KITCHEN It could be how great the place looks. Or that it’s at the beach. But, really, I think it’s the cusabi taco sauce that’s gotten me so excited about California Underground Tacos & Bar. I’m crazy about it and also like that co-owner and longtime taco-maker Eo … [Read more...]

Big time Boston chef hangs his apron in Cohasset

IN THE KITCHEN It’s nice seeing Blu Mussel chef-owner Anthony Ambrose step into the dining room to visit a table or talk with guests. Ambrose made his name when he opened his first restaurant, Ambrosia on Huntington, in the early ‘90s. Among the many accolades it received, … [Read more...]

At Art’s, Food that matches the view

IN THE KITCHEN To get the picture, you have to understand this: Art’s is owned by the dynamic brother and sister who ran the iconic Arthur and Pat’s in Marshfield for more than 30 years until the weather-beaten beach place simply couldn’t be resurrected after the bruising … [Read more...]

Major addition to the food scene in Quincy

IN THE KITCHEN If talent’s in the blood, 16C owner Kerri Lynch Delaney’s got it. A pastry chef who recently sold her wonderful Babycakes cupcake shop in Quincy, Lynch Delaney is a niece of chef Barbara Lynch, the nationally acclaimed, Boston-based restaurateur behind Beacon … [Read more...]

Little Carmen’s for breakfast and lunch

IN THE KITCHEN After years of owning Carmen’s Café Nicole on Plymouth Harbor, with its tourist-based, weather-driven seasonal uncertainties, Nicole DiGuisto is thrilled to have landed in Norwell in a year-round, busy location. Her new breakfast-and-lunch place, Little … [Read more...]

The Foodsmith builds a reputation to go

IN THE KITCHEN If loving food is a cook’s secret weapon, The Foodsmith is in good hands. Three years ago, its co-owner, Laura Raposa, walked away from a coveted job at the Boston Herald to do what she’d always loved. Today, instead of covering social events to get fodder for the … [Read more...]

Milton restaurant draws a crowd

IN THE KITCHEN The open, V-shaped, stainless steel kitchen in the rear of Novara looks like the crowded prow of a ship forging the way forward. At the helm, overseeing six to eight cooks, is executive chef Tony DiRienzo, who performs the same role at Abby Park, two doors up the … [Read more...]

Carefully sourced local foods done well

Cream Etc co-owners husband and wife Craig Perry and Lenora Cushing describe their food as farm-to-table and, indeed, every dish could start a conversation about how its ingredients were sourced. Last year, when the couple decided to open a breakfast-and-lunch place adjacent to … [Read more...]