WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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void. The friendly, laid-back ristorante sits in the city's historic watch factory building, and boasts a sizeable deck overlooking the Charles River. Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners here are all as relaxed as the atmo- sphere; Sicilian staples dominate the menus, with standouts like sage- laced chicken saltimbocca, fettuccine with littlenecks, and house-made pistachio gelato. Meals outside THE COTTAGE (190 Linden Street, Wellesley, www. cottagewellesley.com) take a hybrid approach; diners are semi-enclosed, set back from the street but still with viewing access to the outside world. There, among the oversized flower pots and umbrellas, dedicated reg- ulars sip fresh watermelon juice cocktails and down hearty salads, spice-rubbed hanger steak, and the house's justifiably popular creamy eggplant fries. Sometimes the most delicious food isn't found in any kind of fancy setting, but it still benefits from being enjoyed in an open-air space. Such is the case with DUMPLING DAUGHTER (37 Center Street, Weston, www.dumplingdaughter.com), the ultra-casual, serve-yourself spot that's critically acclaimed, and for very good reason. Chef Nadia Spellman (whose parents, Sally Ling and Edward Nan Liu, are food-industry roy- alty; in the '80s they owned the legendary Chinese fine dining restaurant, Sally Ling's) has mastered her family's way with authentic Chinese dishes. At Spellman's own venture, customers walk up and order at the counter, then take a seat to dig in. But in nicer weather, they can also enjoy it out- side in the fresh air at communal tables, along with fellow lovers of the spectacular glass noodles with beef and cilantro, pan-seared Shanghainese pork buns, steaming bowls of delicate three-day ramen, and light-as-air petit chicken dumplings with slow-cooked Sichuan sauce. Long loved for its inspired and delectable Italian rustic food from northern Italy, LA CAMPANIA (504 Main Street, Waltham, www.lacampa- nia.com) is also a favorite for its epic wine list and cozy and intimate outdoor seating. The chefs and servers here are perfectionists to their cores, and the al fresco service is no exception. Sit back in the cool sum- mer breeze and order a few of the house's sublime specialties — the beef short rib ravioli with pecorino and roasted oysters with cream and speck are both standouts, as are the kitchen's fresh-baked breads. And for outdoor diners who long for true seclusion, there's PAPA RAZZI (16 Washington Street, Wellesley, www.paparazzitrattoria.com). The Wellesley outpost's locale may not look like much of an al fresco heavyweight from the outside parking lot, but head in past the wide dining room and kitchen, and onto the fully enclosed patio. There you'll be joined over a glass of vino and a wood-fired wild mushroom pizza or a bowl of panzanella salad by birds, trees, and plenty of other locals who've also been fortunate enough to discover the space. 166 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 8 local cuisine "the cool summer breeze"

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