Food & Drink


What’s New: Evolving Eats

East SomervilleRecino’s Café Recino’s Café has it all, from Mexican- and Salvadoran-style plates of burritos, pupusas, and tamales to rich American pastries like New York cheesecake. The cafe, which opened in late May, is owners Jose Recino and Joseph Garcia’s first restaurant in the city.  Ball SquareAvenue Kitchen and Bar Out with the longtime Italian […]


Local Ice Cream Roundup

Forge Ice Cream Bar626 Somerville Ave., (617) 764-5365 Origin story:Tucker Lewis and Jennifer Park met while working at an ice cream shop before going on to open Somerville staples Diesel Cafe and Bloc Cafe together. They opened their third store, Forge Baking Company, in 2014. Two years later, they expanded their menu to include housemade […]


City Starts Free Summer Meals Program

Somerville Public School’s Food and Nutrition Services Department will launch its 2019 Summer Meals Program on Monday, making breakfast and lunch available for free to all youth under 19 years old.  The program is an effort to combat youth food insecurity while school is not in session. Free breakfast is available at Foss Park Pool […]


Open Kitchens, Open Conversations

The Open Kitchens Project Aims to Promote Cultural Exchange Through Food Paul Castiglione has spent much of his life thinking about what it means to belong to a community. His father grew up in an Italian immigrant family in upstate New York, which in the 1930s meant facing blatant discrimination. Castiglione was always aware of […]


What’s New: Changing Tastes

Union SquareVinal A Bagelsaurus alum is taking to Union Square to shine a spotlight on another beloved breakfast carb: the English muffin. Sarah Murphy’s Vinal Bakery, formerly a pop-up-only concept, has taken root in the former Pizza Palace space. The cafe features a menu of innovative English muffin sandwiches (built upon Murphy’s signature original, wheat, […]


True Bistro Makes Gratuity for Kitchen Staff Permanent

True Bistro has decided to make a four percent gratuity for kitchen staff permanent after a monthlong trial in April. The Kitchen Appreciation Program (KAP) is meant to help close the gap in wage potential between front-of-house staff and those who work in the kitchen. During April the KAP was in beta mode, which meant […]


Drink Responsibly — By Choosing Eco-Friendly Brews

Local Brewers Are Taking Ownership of Their Environmental Impact Slumbrew co-owner Caitlin Jewell really wishes she hadn’t forgotten to pour herself a beer. She’s spent the past 25 minutes lecturing the small crowd gathered around the brewery’s tanks. She’s taken them through Slumbrew’s history, given them the simple breakdown of how beer is made, cracked […]


Something Ventured: Himalayan Kitchen

Brother and sister meld Nepalese cooking with friendly service Brother-and-sister duo Rabina Lockett and Uttam Shrestha work side-by-side at Himalayan Kitchen to introduce Somerville locals to the authentic Nepalese cuisine of their home country. The siblings’ close relationship has helped their business thrive, they say.  “My brother has literally been my best friend, my brother, my […]


True Bistro Pilots Gratuity Program for Kitchen Staff

For the team at True Bistro, vegan philosophy extends beyond food. That’s part of what drove the owners to test out a new Kitchen Appreciation Program (KAP) that adds a four percent gratuity for kitchen staff, Managing Consultant Suzi Gerber explains. “All the owners are vegan, and they’re vegan because they believe it’s the most right […]


Something Ventured: La Posada

Posada siblings dish up a childhood love for Latin American cooking The siblings behind La Posada discovered a love of food at a young age in their home country of El Salvador. “I grew up around food,” Joe Posada says. “Living at home was like living at a restaurant, there was so much food, so […]


What’s New: Changing Tastes

Assembly Square La Cucina Assembly Row’s latest addition to its dining lineup pays homage to the area’s history. La Cucina, operated by former North End restaurateur Jeff Malloy, is serving up an Italian menu in a large industrial space, with a fireplace, a semi-open kitchen, and decorative touches that hearken back to Assembly Row’s days […]