I had a great lunch today at Sophia’s Grotto, a lovely restaurant nestled in a beautiful little courtyard in Roslindale Village serving delicious Italian and Mediterranean cuisine.
One of the things that I really love about this place (in addition to the excellent food and beautiful space!) is that they source a lot of their products from local shops — they get some of their cheese from Boston Cheese Cellar next door, their bread from Fornax bakery, and their meat from Tony’s Market. It has such a wonderful community vibe to the place, and I love when you can feel that at a restaurant.
Anyway, we started our lunch with some Sangria and Bloody Mary as well as their Brussels sprouts. They were made oven roasted with dried cranberries, goat cheese, and a toasted pine nuts. Heaven! You guys know how much I love Brussels sprouts and I get them pretty much everywhere I go if they have them — these ones are definitely at the top of my list.
Then, for our main entrees, we went with their Paella, which was as delicious as it is beautiful.
We also tried the Sachetti, an incredible pasta filled with prosciutto and provolone cheese with cherry tomatoes, poblanos, and asparagus tips in a light brandy cream sauce. I loved this dish!
We also got one of their pizzas — we went with the Torino, topped with oyster mushrooms, shiitake, portabella, fontina, and fresh mozzarella, then topped with white truffle oil.
For dessert, cannoli and tiramisu, both made in house.
What a lovely lunch! More than worth a trip to Roslindale, and I’ll definitely be returning soon.
You can check the Sophia’s Grotto full menu here. They’re located at 22R Birch Street in Roslindale.
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