What’s New: Changing Tastes

La CucinaLa Cucina. Photo by Drew Katz.

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 as a center of automotive manufacturing. “I had an artist come in and do the vintage Ford logo up on the wall, and we’ve brought in some old pictures of the Ford Edsel,” Malloy told Eater Boston. The restaurant also boasts an extensive wine list and a thorough menu of pasta, pizza, and other Italian entrees.

Union Square
Tanám

While Bow Market regulars have become masters of bouncing from storefront to storefront with a shrimp cocktail in one hand and vegan poutine in the other, the market’s latest addition, Ellie Tiglao’s Tanám, is offering patrons a chance to sit and stay a while. You can experience Filipino-American “narrative cuisine” at Tanám in three different ways, according to the restaurant’s website. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, there’s Chibog, a five-course tasting menu experience. There’s the Bar at Tanám on weekend evenings, where restaurant goers can purchase cocktails and bar snacks a la carte. Tanám’s most buzzed-about seating, however, is Wednesday evening kamayan dinners, when ticket-holders gather around a Filipino feast and eat with their hands.

Union Square
T and B Pizza

The team behind Union Square’s cozy European beer hall, Bronwyn, is expanding—within the same building. T and B Pizza, due to open in May or June of this year, will serve cocktails and wood-fired pizzas, Eater Boston reports. T and B will join a diverse lineup of restaurants in that corner of Union Square, including Backbar, Field & Vine, and Casa B. “The building will be a really great artistic culinary center,“ Tim Wiechmann, co-owner of T and B, told Eater.

Union Square
gâté comme des filles

Bow Market also now houses a new place for you to satisfy your sweet tooth. gâté comme des filles—or, in loose French, “spoiled like the girls”—is the work of Alexandra Whisnant, a Cambridge native who polished her pastry skills at Paris’s famous Ladurée. The shop’s central focus is chocolate, but these aren’t your average grocery store truffles. Alexandra will find a delicious ingredient—foraged rose petals or lemons, local honey, freshly roasted George Howell coffee—and create a chocolate to highlight and celebrate that ingredient,” the gâté comme des filles website explains.

Davis Square
Elm Street Taproom

Here’s a new challenge for Davis’s most ambitious beer drinkers: If you down all 64 brews on the new Elm Street Taproom’s beer list, you’ll earn one of the 22-ounce mugs that hangs behind the bar, in which you can drink any beer for the price of a regular-sized pour, boston.com reports. To keep track of how close you’re coming to victory (because it certainly won’t happen on your first visit), Elm Street had a customized app designed to help you remember which beers you’ve ordered. The Taproom is also offering a small menu of shareable plates, and plans to start brunch in the future, according to boston.com

Ball Square
Avenue Kitchen and Bar

While Ball Square said goodbye to longtime neighbor Pescatore at the beginning of this year, a new dining destination is coming to fill its spot, Eater Boston reports. Avenue Kitchen and Bar, led by chef Kenny Schweizer of Boston’s Nahita, will offer thick crust Detroit-style pizza, along with a menu of American-style burgers, steak, chicken, and fish.

Porter Square
Manoa Poke Shop

One of the first Boston-area poke shops has closed its doors for good, Eater Boston reports. Manoa Poke Shop operated out of its Beacon Street spot for about two years, but closed due to financial issues, according to Boston Magazine. “Thank you for letting us share our food and aloha with you. We cannot be more thankful for the love and support you all have given us,” a message on Manoa’s Instagram page reads.

This article originally appeared in the What’s New section of the Environmental Issue of Scout Somerville, which is available for free at more than 200 locations throughout the city or by subscription.

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