Posts for November 14, 2012

Not So Mighty Mighty Bostones

Eater reports that Bostone pizza will shut down its Back Bay location this weekend. They closed their Financial District branch in March. Goodbye, Bostone pizza, and thank you for being less dramatic about everything than the Upper Crust. [EB]

The South End's Cinquecento Will Open "Right After Thanksgiving"

500 Harrison Ave.Photo: Twitter/Giveemhelterman

An e-mail sent to Grub Street indicates that the much-anticipated Cinquecento, in the old Rocca space, will open "right after Thanksgiving." Wild boar gnocchi: just what we need after four straight days of mashed potatoes and crescent rolls.

The Met's Kathy Sidell on Burger Bread, Great Locations, and Guy Fieri

Published author.

Kathy Sidell: career launcher (Todd English, Jeff Fournier); restaurateur (the MET empire); sister of Stephanie (Newbury Street's Stephanie, that is); and now author. She's throwing a lavish soiree for her behind-the-scenes look at the biz, When I Met Food, tonight. Lucky for us, she took a break to offer a crash course in restaurant management ... and to defend Guy Fieri.

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White Gold: A Look at the 2012 Italian Truffle Trade

A humongous Italian truffle in Alba.Photo: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/Getty

For Americans, this time of year means turkeys and pumpkin pies. For Italians, and owners of the world's most expensive restaurants, it means white truffles. From late October until Christmas, the ten-week season is one of the shortest — and most profitable — on the culinary calendar. But this year, a hot, dry summer has left many patches barren, and some are calling it one of the scarcest truffle seasons ever. Even still, restaurants don't seem to be having too much trouble tracking truffles down this year. How so? We tracked truffles from Italy to restaurant tables in the U.S. to find out.

Ever been to a truffle nursery? »

Seasoned Burglary Victim Attacks Robber With Chile Pepper

Burglarizing Stoneham's C-Store isn't such a hot idea: The Herald reports that owner Saadat Khan, who's been robbed 20 times in that location, was held at gunpoint over the weekend but thwarted his attacker with spices.

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Papa John’s Sued for Pizza Spam

Fanning the flames of controversy.Illustration: Mary-Louise Price

It's the middle of the night. You've downed a greasy slice or two of pizza and settled in for a peaceful slumber, Adult Swim flickering in the background, when your phone rattles. A text! You sit up, rub your eyes, and wonder if you really did give out your number at the bar last weekend ... and to whom. You grope about in the dark, trepidatious but a touch excited. And then you see it: The text is from Papa John's. And they want to sell you more pizza. You drop the phone and roll over. Until your phone rattles again. And again. And again. Up to sixteen times in a row. Well good news, person who was text-spammed by Peyton Manning's favorite pizza place — you aren't alone.

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Twenty-eight of the Best Twitter Reactions to the New York Times’ Guy Fieri Takedown

How's he doing today?

If you're like us, you were woken up at 2 a.m. by a call from your 80-year-old grandmother in Butte wondering who exactly this Pete Wells person is and what did Guy Fieri ever do to him that would cause the New York Times to publish such a negative review of the Food Network host's sprawling 500-seat restaurant in Times Square. The review — in which Wells compares the house margaritas to radiator fluid and formaldehyde and ruminates, in an all-question format, about the exact origins of Guy's "Donkey Sauce" — has now been tweeted around the world. As should be expected, Wells has some new fans, and Fieri has some staunch supporters here in New York. But the rest of the county? Let's just see what @teenmom4evr has to say about all of this.

Strong language and adult situations ahead. »

Of Course Someone Involved in the Petraeus Sex Scandal Appeared on Food Network

Jill Kelley, not cooking alligator.Photo: Chris O'Meara/AP/Corbis

Jill Kelley, the Florida woman whose initial complaints about harassing e-mails set the entire Petraeus sex scandal in motion, has apparently been in the spotlight before. Sounds like she and her twin sister appeared in a 2003 episode of a no-longer-in-existence Food Network show called Food Fight. There isn't any footage online (yet — give it like three more hours), but according to an old write-up in the St. Petersburg Times, Kelley and her twin sister took on two brothers in an alligator cook-off.

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Grubstreet Sweeps

Recent reader reviews on MenuPages

  • Cookin' Cafe & Grill See the menu

    “Cookin is gooood!”

    I'm picky about meatball subs so when I say is good it's really good

  • The Pour House See the menu

    “Awsome food and drink”

    After spending all your hard earned dollars in the Pru enjoy a few cool one here before you take the T home.

  • Il Villaggio See the menu

    “Absolutely Amazing”

    Having worked at Olive Garden for 3 years I guess I never really knew what REAL Italian food tasted like.


Kara Baskin
NY Mag