A group of Boston food bloggers recently dined at Lucia Ristorante at 415 Hanover St. for a polenta dinner, enjoying a selection of dishes, touring the kitchen and spending time with owner Donato Frattaroli.
Megan of Delicious Dishings starts off,
In Boston’s North End, way down Hanover Street, stands Lucia Ristorante in the same place it’s been since it opened in 1977. Lucia was actually the first restaurant to serve Italian food in the North End. Owner Donato and his family hail from the Abruzzo region of Italy and share the foods Abruzzo is known for, such as maccheroni chitarra, as well as innovative new dishes.
Daisy at Indulge Inspire Imbibe describes the making of polenta,
Peasant food from old country Italy that’s a robust cornmeal mush, where hulled, crushed and coarse to fine grains are boiled to a paste with lots of butter, water, a pinch of salt and stirred gently with intention, cooked to a soft, creamy consistency. Yes, I’m talking about Polenta, a versatile starch which is a satisfying meal on its own, a base to layer sauces over and an excellent accompaniment to roasted or grilled meats and poultry.
Meghan at Travel Wine Dine wraps it up,
The whole night felt very warm, cozy, and relaxed. There was lots of laughing and sitting back taking in the lively group of people around me. Lucia is homey with great food; when a place has been around that long, they have to be doing something right!