taste of the north end

taste of the north end

On May 14, 2010, the New England Aquarium played host to the 16th annual Taste of the North End, a benefit for the North End
Community Health Center
.

It was a lovely evening to explore the flavors of the North End in a creative setting — it’s not often we get the chance to eat a gourmet lollipop whilst admiring rare tropical reef fish, sea turtles, and penguins.

Lamb lollipop with mint pesto, Ristorante Damiano.

Guests enjoyed such savory cameos as pistachio-dipped cannoli from the oft-queued Mike’s Pastry, and chats with honorary co-chair Mayor Menino.

A live band added rhythm and punch to the guests’ saunters around the main tent to peruse the local restaurants’ bites and beverages.

Giancarlo and the friendly folk at Tresca were kind enough to provide homemade polpette di vitello (veal meatballs).

Executive chef Patrick Duffy of Lucca Boston has fun while plating his excellent barolo braised oxtail ragu with polenta.

One of the best samples of the evening was arancini from another North End favorite, Antico Forno.

Before the evening’s scattered showers, the lucky attendees could enjoy some chocolate soufflé with stracciatella gelato and a side of a Boston harbor view on the Aquarium’s beautiful open deck. The nearby seals were so quiet, they were hardly noticeable.

Everett’s Sapori di Napoli imports all its pastries and specialties straight from Naples, Italy.  A good idea, if I ever heard one. Buon appetito!