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Ingredients for the Perfect Summer Cocktails

Summertime and the livin’ is easy, indeed! There’s something about sipping a cocktail on a warm summer night that brings bliss to the end of a hectic day. A refreshing cocktail can consist of a number of tasty ingredients from blueberries and lemons to mint and orange bitters.  Our patio or indoor bar are both ideal spots for imbibing or, if you’re feeling like more of a homebody tonight, you can take a cue from us and try these great, unexpected ingredients to create the perfect summer cocktails without leaving your bar cart.

Arugula – Typically thought of as a salad ingredient, slightly-spicy arugula is the ideal companion to gin. Try muddling it to make a unique, summertime gimlet. This is sure to be a crowd pleaser next time you host friends and family, so keep it on tap to impress everyone you know.

Honey – Honey is a summer staple that pairs well with all kinds of dark liquors. Drizzle it in bourbon or whiskey for the perfect bonfire drink or add a spoonful to straight rum for a delicious beachside cocktail. Pro tip: a lemon garnish works well with any of these concoctions!

Blackberries – Mix up a traditional Tom Collins by adding blackberries. They’re the epitome of summertime and they add a nice kick to the gin base. If you’re short on blackberries, you can substitute blueberries or even raspberries in a pinch.

Strawberries – A fair number of people would argue that rosé is already summer in a bottle, but you can take things up a notch by adding strawberries to the wine you’ve already got on-hand. Place sliced strawberries in a rosé and seltzer mixture and you’ll be in summer drink heaven in no time.

Jalapeno peppers – Tired of conventional margaritas? Spice things up by adding diced jalapeno peppers to your pitcher. This makes for a surprisingly refreshing drink and it pairs perfectly with Mexican food at home! If jalapeno alone is a little too much for you, temper the heat by adding a few cucumber slices as well.

Orange slices – If you’re not a cocktail kind of guy (or gal), adding orange slices to almost any light beer is a great way to make it feel more like summertime and less like football season at your local stadium. Just make sure you give the orange slices at least fifteen minutes to work their magic and disperse flavor throughout your drink.

These are just a few unique ingredients that can be used to make amazing summer cocktails. The bartending staff at Strega Waterfront would be thrilled to meet you and make one of the drinks suggested here or anything else your heart desires. Take a peek at our summer drink list to take advantage of limited-time offers before fall arrives!

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Reasons to Dine On Our Patio This Summer

When the weather warms up, there’s just nothing quite as good as dining al fresco. Warm summer nights lend themselves to fun evenings out enjoying the best food and drinks Boston has to offer. With an incredible view and unrivaled service, our patio is truly exceptional. Just in case you need more convincing, though, here are the top five reasons you should dine on our patio this summer:

 

  1. A specialty menu – In honor of summertime, we’re offering a special outdoor menu that you can’t access any other time of year. If you want to try some of the best seafood and Italian dishes, along with lighter options and signature cocktails, head outside and dig into our al fresco lunch specials.

 

  1. Surrounded by the serene Boston Harbor – While many restaurants in the city offer outdoor seating, they’re often accompanied by unsightly views. At Strega Waterfront, watch as the calming sea ebbs and flows while visitors and residents set sail for open waters. You’ll feel like you’re miles away from Boston, in your own oasis while of course, indulging in a delicious dish.

 

  1.  You’ll be able to slow down – There’s something about eating outside that makes it easier to put down your phone and take in your surroundings. Spending an evening on our patio, savoring a delicious meal, is a surefire way to recharge without even leaving town.

 

  1. A new meaning to date night – We know the hustle and bustle of the city life can be daunting throughout the week. With all the commotion of the city, your relationship with your special someone can get shoved to the back burner all too easily. Scheduling a reservation on our patio takes the effort out of planning a date night. All you have to do is show up, and our staff (and the ambiance) will take care of the rest.

 

  1. Make everlasting memories – We strive to make sure every guest who visits us has a memorable experience. This is only enhanced when you choose to spend your afternoon or evening on our patio. When the chill of winter returns, you’ll always have your special memories of summertime to get you through those cold winter months.

 

Strega Waterfront is one of Boston’s premier purveyors of seafood and Italian fare. Our patio is one of our best features, and we can’t wait to share it with you all summer long! Whether you’re a new patron or a long-time diner, we look forward to serving you soon, and we hope you’ll continue to visit Strega Waterfront all year round for many years to come.

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Can’t Miss Seafood Dishes at Strega Waterfront

At Strega Waterfront, great seafood is our hallmark and our passion. We believe that an incredible meal can be the beginning of an incredible memory, so every day we strive to serve our patrons food that they will never forget. As you read this guide, you’ll learn about some of our signature seafood dishes. We hope you’ll join us to give one of them a try soon.

Seafood Oreganata

If you can’t join us for dinner, we urge you to try our lunchtime seafood fare, including our delectable Seafood Oreganata. One of our most impressive mid-day offerings, this dish includes grilled shrimp, scallops, calamari, swordfish over arugula with a lemon garlic sauce.

Faroe Island Salmon

Another excellent lunch offering is our Faroe Island Salmon. This dish features fresh-caught salmon served with Sicilian sweet & sour glaze and purple mashed potatoes. It is a relatively light dish that is ideal for an everyday occasion or a meal you want to remember for years to come.

Steamed Mussels

Our fresh mussels are steamed in beer broth, adding a unique twist to a classic evening appetizer. Your mussels will be brought to your table topped with peppercorn and served alongside grilled Tuscan bread. This dish is the ideal way to start your evening with us at Strega Waterfront.

Shrimp and Pineapple

Our Shrimp and Pineapple appetizer is a one-of-a-kind pre-dinner dish that is sure to please your palate with an eruption of summertime flavors. Topped with prosciutto de parma, grilled pineapples, and steeped in a balsamic glaze, you’ve never had shrimp like this before.

Lobster Ravioli

One of our most decadent dinner options is our Lobster Ravioli, featuring Maine lobster meat, fresh crab meat, and handmade ravioli tossed in a sherry pink sauce. You can’t go wrong with this indulgent seafood dish and it just may become an all-time favorite.

“Boston’s Best” Sea Bass

The crown jewel of our seafood offerings is our Sea Bass, dubbed “Boston’s Best.” Whether you’re a local or just passing through Boston’s Seaport District, we don’t want you to miss this incredible meal. Featuring Yuka gnocchi pasta with cherry tomatoes and a white wine reduction sauce, our “Boston’s Best” Sea Bass is truly a treat for the senses.

The team at Strega Waterfront is thrilled to bring you all these dishes, but they are just a small sampling of choices we have to suit even the most discerning patrons. To view our full lunch, dinner, and drink menus, please browse our website or stop by our physical location.

 

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Pairing Pasta & Wine: A Beginner’s Guide

There are those who have made careers out of knowing the best wine and pasta pairings. Maybe, though, you don’t want to become an expert, but you’d like to know your way around a dinner menu without having to rely on the waitstaff or a knowledgeable friend or spouse. If you relate, this guide is for you.

As you continue reading, you’ll see basic information about which types of wines go best with various pasta dishes. Remember, this is meant to help you get started in the world of food and wine pairings, but there’s a lot more you can learn if you find yourself intrigued. Don’t hesitate to take a cooking class or read a book on how wines can enhance any meal experience.

Pasta with Tomato-Based Sauces

If you’re planning to order a dish that features a tomato-based sauce, a medium-bodied red wine is your best bet for a delicious pairing. Tomatoes are highly acidic and medium-bodied reds tend to be tart, which will temper the acidity. There are a variety of options in this category, including Zinfandels, Chiantis, Negroamaros, and Rhone blends.

Pasta with Seafood

Italy is a coastal nation with many seafood-based dishes. Thus, if you visit an authentic Italian restaurant, the odds are good that you will select a dish that features some sort of fish or crustacean. Although there are a variety of wines that pair well with seafood meals, Italian rosés and light- to medium-bodied white wines are great go-to options for novices. Next time your dinner includes seafood, consider Muscadets, Pinot Grigios, and Verdicchios in particular.

Pasta with Cheese

If your intention is to order a cheese-heavy pasta dish, there aren’t a lot of limitations in regard to which wine you should order. Most wines go well with cheese-based dishes! There are, however, a few things you can consider. If your meal includes a creamy cheese, such as ricotta, you might want to opt for a soft, creamy wine; think Chardonnays and Trebbiano. If, on the other hand, your meal features a hard cheese, like parmesan or asiago, Pinot Noirs and Sangioveses are both great options.

The Strega Waterfront waitstaff would love to help you select the perfect wine to pair with your meal next time you dine with us. If you ever have questions regarding your food and wine selection, please don’t hesitate to inquire. We hope, though, that this guide has given you more confidence to start experimenting with new and exciting pairings both at home and out on the town!

Strega Waterfront Rated one of the Best Restaurants in Boston’s Seaport

From the “elegant”, “mouthwatering” Italian plates to the “attentive service”, “they do everything the right way” at these “pricey” but “well-worth-it” standouts from restaurateur Nick Varano; expect each to “buzz” with “New York ambiance”, though the “more upscale” Seaport District location affords an opportunity to catch “local celebrities” soaking up the harbor view.

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