ARTU, North End, Boston, MA
Artu Rosticceria & Trattoria is an Italian restaurant in Boston’s North End that is located off Hanover Street at 6 Prince Street. Artu also has a location on Charles Street in Beacon Hill. They serve traditional Italian dishes like Bruschetta, Lasagna, and Chicken Parmesan. They also offer a wide selection of seafood, vegetable, and meat dishes. Last Tuesday evening, I attended Blog and Tweet Boston’s blogger dinner at Artu and had a wonderful dining experience; the food, service, and atmosphere were above average.
We started off with fresh bread and olive oil and cocktails. I ordered the “Madre” drink – prosecco, raspberries, and limoncello – which was a fun and refreshing drink with the bits of fresh raspberry floating on top.
The appetizers we were served included the Seared Sea Scallops, Grilled Country Bread, Meatballs, and Roasted Beets. They were all so delicious!
Capesante: Seared Sea Scallops – Cauliflower, cipollini puree.
Pane: Grilled Country Bread – Smoked mozzarella, prosciutto, backyard farms tomato.
Barbabietole: Roasted Beets – Roasted Beet Salad, Pistachio vinaigrette, gorgonzola cheese.
Polpette: Handmade Meatballs
Next we had the Primi (Pasta) course. I ordered the Penne Puttanesca that came with olives, capers, chili flakes, San Marzano tomatoes, anchovy, and garlic. It had a kick from the chili flakes and a nice salty flavor from the capers and olives.
The wait staff was great and very attentive; they were always making sure we had water in our glasses and were there for anything we needed or any questions we had about the menu. They are also very accommodating to people with dietary restrictions or food allergies.
For the Secondi (meat) course, I had the Salmon that is gently cooked, comes with buttered brussels sprouts, potato puree, and truffle vinaigrette.
Other options that people chose were the Pumpkin Ravioli, Fusilli (Italian Sausage, Broccoli Rabe Pesto, Pecorino Romano Cheese), Bistecca (Grass Fed NY strip, broccoli rabe, roasted potatoes) and the Melanzane (Egglplant Rollatini).
For dessert, we tried the handmade Cannoli, Tiramisu, and the flourless Chocolate Cake.
Disclaimer: I received this meal free of charge. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.