Sportello: Boston

If (or, rather when) you find yourself wandering the streets of the waterfront district in Boston, make your way to Sportello (Italian for ‘counter service’) – a Barbara Lynch original. Inspired by classic Italian dining counter fare, Lynch puts her creative spin on traditional dishes which result in sprightly combinations of old world and new. The Tagliatelle (wide pasta ribbon) with her sweet and spicy bolognese is topped with fried basil (!), and phenomenal. Also suggested: the steamed mussels served up with flavors of garlic and anchovy, house made crusty bread to sop up the flavorful broth.

The diner-meets-mod decor brightens the spirit, and enhances an inviting atmosphere that encourages patrons to make a new acquaintance while enjoying a flakey croissant and cup of creamy seasonal soup (FYI: it’s Winter Turnip right now…).

A really unique part of Sportello is the the bakery counter which looks like a display window from a magazine. The tasty confections, displayed in glass cases, domed cake plates, and porcelain platters, evoke kid-in-a-candy-store memories, but for the sophisticated palate. A take away treat is a must.

Sportello 348 Congress St. Boston, MA 02210, (617) 737-1234