Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Tinker’s Son Irish Restaurant, Pub & Sunday Buffet Brunch Norwell MA

The Tinker’s Son  an Irish Pub and Restaurant in Norwell  was recently featured  in food section of Wicked Local   The Tinker's Son Irish Restaurant, Pub & Sunday Brunch Norwell MA

The Tinker’s Son, located Norwell center. This traditional Irish pub offers a menu full of belly-warming comfort food recipes straight from the Emerald Isle, like fish and chips, traditional lamb shank Irish stew and the ever-favorite bangers and mash. After dinner or weekend brunch, grab a pint and head into the main dining room to catch a set with one of your favorite local musicians. We sat down with chef and owner Brian Houlihan who told us every dish at The Tinker’s Son is cooked from scratch to combine fresh, local flavors with traditional Irish fare.

What’s the philosophy behind The Tinker’s Son?
I’m a chef by trade, and I believe in good quality food. Although it’s a pub and has that pub feel, the food is all made from scratch and we don’t take any corners–that’s the case in all three of our restaurants.
How did you come up with the name for the restaurant?
The Tinker’s Son was a poem my dad wrote in 1952, so its paying homage to him. It’s a story about the son of a tinker–a gypsy traveler–and how you shouldn’t judge a book by the cover. In the poem everybody thought because this guy was the son of a tinker that he was no good, but he ends up becoming a parish priest.
What are the most popular dishes?

Shepherd’s pie, fish and chips and Irish lamb stew. People misconstrue Irish stew as the thicker beef stew that’s popular here in America, when traditionally it’s much lighter. In Ireland it’s braised lamb neck or chop — here we use the shank on the bone — with root vegetables, cabbage, barley and parsnips served in a light beer and wine broth.


A few Swampie have shared their reviews and buzz 

Thanks for all the brunch suggestions. We decided on The Tinker’s Son in Norwell. I’ll admit to being a little hesitant when we arrived. It’s an odd building with peeling paint, just a bit sad looking. Thankfully the inside was a pleasant surprise – decorated with photos of Ireland, with a nice fireplace and lots of seating. We didn’t have a reservation so the hostess was so apologetic that we’d have to wait if we’d like a table. She did have 4 seats at the bar if we wanted to have brunch from the buffet. When we asked how long the wait was she said it could be as long as 10 mins – in reality it was more like 4 mins and she was still so sorry that we had to wait. We sat in front of the fireplace, and although I was afraid it might get too warm it was just right.
Our server was in high spirits – she obviously loves working here. She was helpful and playful, and got everything right.
We all ordered off the menu rather than the buffet. And we all enjoyed our dishes. An omelet cooked just right. Irish eggs Benedict. Poached eggs, fried eggs, home fries. The marble rye has carraway seeds (as I think it should), and the corned beef hash was freshly made with chunks of meat & potatoes (no way it came out of a can).
The coffee was good & she refilled cups without being asked. I haven’t had a Bloody Mary in a long time, but there was no way we could pass up the make-it-yourself Bloody Mary bar. 3 of us tried the bar & we all used different mixers (tomato juice, V8, house mix) & there were so many garnishes to choose from. My favorites – ham & cheese stuffed peppers and crisp bacon.
The room looked crowded but didn’t feel crowded. It was loud with conversation & laughter but we could still here the musicians playing Irish music in the background. It was the first visit for all 4 of us & I’m sure we’ll be back!

We ate at Tinker’s Son in Norwell this morning. They have a great Sunday Brunch, and live Irish music starting at 11 on Sundays. This is the third time I’ve had brunch there in the last few years, and I really enjoyed it every time. Our waitress was also very personable.

Tinkers Son is good… Irish Tavern family style  good food – menu & buffet, make your own Bloody Mary bar & usually a handful of local musicians playing some irish tunes.


We went to The Tinker Son’s in Norwell this evening the service was good. Our waiter had The Tinker's Son Irish Restaurant, Pub & Sunday Brunch Norwell MAnumerous tables both inside and outside and did a decent job of service. The clam chowder was excellent and our main courses consisted of Guinness braised short ribs which my Sig said tasted excellent. I had the Fricken Chicken which was cooked perfect and tasted good. Their was a group of Irish Musicians playing and added to a great atmosphere of the pub. We will definitely be going back in the near future.

707 Main Street, Norwell, MA. 781-561-7361
Mon-Fri 11am-1am / Sat 10:30am-1am / Sun 10am-1am

Rose Alley Ale House’s 7th Annual Beer Summit 2016 in New Bedford MA

The Seventh Annual Rose Alley Ale House Beer Summit Kicks Off Monday, February 1st! Rose Alley Ale House in Downtown New Bedford hosts an annual Beer Summit. Beer Drinkers   who sign up gather to taste different craft and imported beers from all over and rate them by taste.

Rose Alley Ale House’s 7th Annual Beer Summit 2016 in New Bedford MA

Every Saturday Morning   Rose Alley offers a delicious Breakfast menu, but to kick off the Beer Summit, they will  be having their famous Kegs & Eggs Breakfast Buffet on Monday February 1st from 9-11 AM for all who attend for just $8!

“Take a journey through 29 different Craft and Imported Beers of all styles and origins throughout the 29 days of February Rose Alley Ale House

Here is some Swampie Buzz-Wings are getting really postive buzz

Rose Alley has great wings. They also have an awesome beer menu.

Rose Alley awesome wings!!

Gotta try Rose Alley!!!  Food/drink are great and usually on weekends there is a band or two  Great place for a fun date

Had a fabulous day at Battleship Cove and , after a recommendation from here, drove 20 min away to the Rose Alley Pub in New Bedford. We hadnt eaten all day and were def hungry. Place easy to find and luckily found on-street parking nearby. Upon walking in we were a wee bit nervous bc atmosphere was def a bar with a few hi top tables and a few tables outside, fairly busy tho and no other kids. Bartender said to sit anywhere but we had to put our own two tables together bc most only accommodated 3. Waitress (never said name) came and took drink order. My Wachusett Bluberry was good but the blueberries had seen better days. Then we seperated appetizer plates and 2 were dirty. Now we were getting very skeptical BUT then the apps arrived ..mozzarella sticks and Fried buffalo wontons and they were so delish. After a bit waitress was about to give us check and we said we would also be ordering dinner (she never asked). Kid’s had grill cheese and said yummy, just the right amt of butter. Hubby had Cowboy burger and said very good. I had the Steak and Cheese wrap minus mushrooms that was phenomenal. Fries were also nice and crunchy. Another waitresss came on shift at 5p and service improved (fillled sodas w o asking, taking away used plates etc) and was very bubbly, attentive. Owner stopped by twice to check on us which was very nice.

We ate at the Rose Alley Ale House in New Bedford yesterday afternoon. Service was great, it was clean and food was yummy! Nice beer selection too!

Check out their App Hour


1/2 pound of Tenders: $3.99
Basket of Chips or Fries: $2.25
Add cheese & bacon: $1
Onion Rings: $2.25
Mozzarella Sticks: $3.50
Chips & Salsa: $2.49
Pickle Chips: $3.50
Cheese Quesadilla w/Salsa: $3.50


Rose Alley Ale House / 94 Front Street / New Bedford, MA / 508.858.5123


Nantasket Soup & ChowderFest 2016 in Hull MA

The 9th annual Nantasket Chowderfest will be held on Saturday  January 30th  at 12:30 at the Nantasket Beach Resort in Hull as part of  the Drowned Hogs weekend.    Enjoy over a dozen soups and chowders with all the proceeds benefiting the Wellspring Food Pantry. This year we hope to have a few surprise guest judges who will award the trophy for ‘Best Soup’ and ‘Best Chowder’ to the most deserving restaurants. Nantasket Soup & ChowderFest 2016 in Hull MA

A dozen restaurants will compete for the title of best soup and best chowder. Your $10 ticket lets you sample and re-sample all kinds clam, lobster, and fish chowder and soups that range from Buffalo chicken soup, to spicy black bean soup. All the proceeds benefit the Wellspring Food Pantry.    $15 at the door!

Local Restaurants participating

Barefoot’s Bob’s  Nantasket
Crows landing Hingham 
Daddy’s Beach Club
Smokey Stax BB
The Red Parrot
Chef Ray Alongi
Michael Aprea Catering

Wellspring’s Mission: to provide support & skills to people facing challenges to their financial, physical or emotional well being in order to help them achieve independence and self-sufficiency.

Favorite Homemade Soup South of Boston

A Swampie asks  

Where are some places where they have great homemade soups that you can pick up on your way home from work. Yes I know I can make my own, but sometimes you just want to pick it up. So, come on and fess up places that have the SOUPS onFavorite Homemade Soup South of Boston

And a little bit of Swampie trivia Seinfield Soup Nazi episode was written by  Spike Feresten who grew up in West Bridgewater and born in Fall River.  

Chateau has a nice minestrone andalso go a thumbs up for their Chateau also has. Italian wedding soup

My sister and I in Bridgewater Friday nights only. .the Portuguese Seafood Stew. ..simply perfection

Trucchi’s has different hot soups each day and they package up lots of soups ready for the freezer…(or your belly)!!

Two tumbs up for  Destinatin Soup in New Bedford (check out A Taste of New Bedford Swampie style)  Destination Soup in New Bedford. Can’t go wrong and Destination Soups in New Bedford, great selection, all homemade, and all delicious

My Husband loves Spoodles Soup Factory  in Foxboro Center All homemade and many different types

Nicks pizza in quincy has the best chicken lemon soup. This was the first place I have had that soup and have not been able to find anywhere else that comes close.

The commuter cafe at Bridgewater state university  has 3 home made soups when school is open. Public can go in and buy it.

Portuguese Kale Soup, Beef Barley and Lobster Bisque. All terrific at Vel’s Cafe, in Wareham.

Homeplate in Taunton. They had an excellent vegetable beef soup–but they do not make it every day. Their chicken soup was good too.

West side Pizza in Brockton has wonderful Chicken Lemon Soup..

Nikos  in West Bridgewater  lemon chicken soup –awesome

I love the soups at Crystal’s Kitchen, especially the Drunken Chicken soup which has lots of ginger in it

Blount in Fall River. So many soups to choose from Also their Warren RI location got a rave review.   I go to Blounts store in Warren and buy soup by the bag. Picked up 3 bean chili today. They have them frozen as well so you can “stock” up for the winter. Their extreme clam chowder is great as is their seafood bisque!!!


Lambert’s in Sandwich has 6 or 7 hot soups daily…i love their spicy grilled chicken chowder.

Kale Soup at the Mediterranean Grill in Taunton

Owen O’Leary’s in Brockton makes their own homemade soups, and they’re delicious!

Hough’s Neck Chili Bowl Cook Off 2016 in Quincy MA

The 7th Annual Chili Bowl  chili cook-off will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2016
2 – 5 pm at   Hough’s Neck Congregational Church in Quincy MA.   Who will win the title of “Quincy’s Champion Chili”?

Hough’s Neck Chili Bowl Cook Off 2016 in Quincy MA

There will be categories for both home cooks and restaurants, the event will offer attendees the chance to sample and savor up to 20 different varieties of chili, with trophies and medals awarded to the champion chili winners as voted on by attendees. Past participating restaurants have included The Common Market, The Four’s, Louis Restaurant, the Wheelhouse Diner and Wild Willy’s Burgers. Coop’s Bar and Grille got a last year for its victory chili

Admission to the cook-off is $5 and includes all the chili attendees can eat. Hot dogs, beer, soda and snacks will also be available for an additional charge.

Sample up to 20 different chili recipes and vote for your favorite!
Soda, beer, hot dogs, chips, bake sale and more!

Admission: $5 per person


Sponsored by Hough’s Neck Congregational Church 310 Manet Ave., Quincy

A Taste of Downtown New Bedford Swampie Style

Rick the head swampie and Mary of  Mary’s Mini Hot dogs & Steamed Cheeseburgers went on a culinary tour of Downtown New Bedford Eats!!  Mary’s will be joining them soon as part of Downtown New Bedford!!  Check out where Mary and Rick ate as well as  many Swampies have visited them before!! A Taste of Downtown New Bedford Swampie Style

Try your own taste of Downtown New Bedford tour, you will be glad you did. Shop local, eat local.

Destination Soups

149 Union St
New Bedford, Massachusetts
(508) 991-SOUP (7687)

Destination Soups Restaurant New Beford MARick and Mary  First ur first stop, of course, was Destination Soups. I (Mary) got the Chick Pea Peanut Curry soup and Rick got the Creamy Tomato Basil soup. Rick loved his soup, me, I am in LOVE with the Chick Pea Peanut Curry soup; this is the best soup I have ever had, hands down. Yea, better than our award winning sausage and corn chowder.

Swampie Buzz  We went to the Zieterion Theater last night. Before the show we went walked around looking for a place to nosh and kill time. A block away we found this place. They had a few outside tables which caught our eye. Blackboard menu, easy to read. Most of the menu is gluten free and/or vegan. I had a cup of veggie chili. Thick tomato base with beans, carrots, corn, sweet potatoe. Very very good. Came with a hunk of bread.  Husband got bbq beef veggie bean soup. I took a bite and next thing I knew I ate his whole bowl. Delish!
We split a roast beef bacon wrap with all the fixins. It also was so good.
Everything is fresh. Employees are friendly and quick.
If in the area a definite must try.

Brick Pizzeria Napoletana

163 Union St, New Bedford, MA 02740
(508) 999-4943

Brick Pizzeria Napoletana Restaurant New Bedford MARick and Mary we shared an appetizer sized onion and green pepper pizza which had a nice thin crust and was cooked to perfection. We also shared an order of the focaccia bread which is cooked in the brick oven and seasoned with garlic and olive oil and comes with a big bowl of sauce to dip the bread in….so good. I could only imagine dipping that focaccia bread in the Chick Pea Curry soup

Swampie Buzz The best pizza ever is at Brick Pizzeria Napoletana on Main St in New Bedford

Cork Wine and Tapas

90 Front St
New Bedford, Massachusetts
508-994-WINE (9463)

Rick and Mary I ordered a cucumber martini and I can’t remember the name of the drink Rick ordered, but it was a blueberry flavored martini and we both loved our drinks. For food we ordered the New Bedford Seared Scallops which we both agreed were the best scallops we had ever eaten and the roasted cauliflower…so good with just the right amount of spice from the Korean chili powder

A phenomenal Tapas spot. The drinks-   Oh my these Martini’s rocked.
I had a Blueberry Martini   and Mary had a Cucumber Martini.
We are on a health kick!  The Pan Seared Scollops The Roasted Cauliflower   Absolutely delicious. The menu description was exactly what we got.  I wish I had taken a picture of the menu.

Swampie Buzz Decided on Cork because the building looks cool! Old stone building with atmosphere. Midday birthday lunch-2:00 and we were the ONLY ones there- I was a little nervous! One employee doing bar, serving and hostess. All seemed odd at first-
Ordered wine flights- many to choose from (happy birthday me!!)
Rhode Island clam chowder (didn’t know there was such a thing)- clear broth chowder, not creamy. Surprisingly spicy- waitress said she thinks chourico in it as well, but after the spicy shock they all liked it.  Fabulous lobster croquettes- basically fried mac and cheese w/lobster (hooray!)  Ordered 8 dishes for 5 of us, just the right amount. Salads, scallops, brussel sprouts, calamari- Burger got sent back 2x 3rd time was a charm- they took it off the bill (not quite the right medium rare ?)

We had the Valentines Price Fix menu….never disappoints. Bottle of Champagne to start. Finace got espresso martini, yum. Courses were: Appy: each got spicy tuna rolls, Salads: each got gorgonzola nuts pear salad Soup: cauliflower for me and spicy sausage and bean him Entrée: goat cheese ravioli him and diver scallops me and Dessert: both got deconstructed smores with chocolate dipped strawberries over melted marshmallow and caramelized graham crackers. from valet to server, nothing to complain about. This is top notch dining in the area. You MUST go

Had dinner at cork in downtown New Bedford last evening as an early birthday dinner. I’ve eaten there maybe 4 or 5 times prior and each time is excellent. Service is top notch and atmosphere is beautiful. It is a tapas style restaurant with a strong Portuguese concentration and lots of fresh seafood. Some of the tapas are entree size, but I recommend getting a few different things to share. I had truffle frites, fried goat cheese over pineapple chutney, potato salad (not traditional), and my partner had the cod loin. I also had a wine flight. 3 3oz pours of wine. Definitely a recommendation, especially when it’s not an arctic vortex as downtown New Bedford is loaded with history and charm!

A little out of Downtown New Bedford 

Top Shelf Bar and Grille.

1825 Acushnet Ave, New Bedford, MA

Rick and Mary No, not done yet.  Forward to Top Shelf Bar and Grille.  A couple of Mai Tai’s.
Just a bit too sweet.  Still drank it all.  We shared Lobster Cakes,  Shrimp Cakes and Coconut Fried Shrimp.  The Lobster Cakes and Shrimp Cakes  were not what we were expecting.
Mary did not like them, But big surprise- I did! The Coconut Shrimp were delicious.
We were going to hit another place,   but we were tired and full.

Mary’s Mini Hot dogs & Steamed Cheeseburgers  ” is moving to a new, downtown location on Union Street and could open its doors early next month -February

Swampie Buzz Drriving home from NB I said next time we’re down here we’ll check out Mary’s. 2 seconds later wife says there’s Mary’s so after taking the next right turn almost on 2 wheels there we were ordering our dessert. we split a double cheeseburger and each had a mini dog, I really like the the Sriracha mayo on mine but I’d eat a flip flop if it had Sriracha mayo. Great meeting and talking food with Mary whose expertise and enthusiasm for her store and it’s future are matched only by her warm personality and her customer care

My husband is in love with the “Stupid Crazy Bacon Cheeseburger”!!! at Mary’s Mini Hot Dog & Steamed Burger in New Bedford!!


Benjamin’s Fund Butt Burning Chili Bowl 2016 in Taunton MA

The   Benjamin’s  Fund 8th Annual Butt Burning Chili Bowl  will be held Sunday, January 31st, 2016 at the Lafayette Club, 18 Lakeview Ave, Taunton, MA  from 12-5pm. Benjamin's Fund 8th annual Butt Burning Chili Bowl 2016 in Taunton MA

The chili tastings will be  running from 12-3:30pm.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $7 for kids 10 & under (under 2, free) Tickets at the door are $20 each.
Lots of entertainment going on through the event. 3 categories of chili competitors; Home Chefs, Restaurants & Community. We will have lots of sampling tables from area businesses. During the event, you have a chance to win a gift card from one of our restaurant chili competitors during their game.

There will also be a huge, amazing and fun prize/raffle tables. The schedule of events will be packed the entire time, so if you want to participate or watch, you will be having a great time! This event continues to be our most popular event & a great way to get out and have some fun on a winter day, while contributing to

Ben’s Fund. Contact with any questions about competing, getting tickets, or entering your business into our competition! Looking forward to another successful fundraiser for Ben’s Fund!!! Let’s start the year off right!!

Here are previous year winters 

Home Chefs; 1st place; Jamyn McCarthy, 2nd place; Roger Gagnon, 3rd place; Scott Caddy.

Restaurant Category; 1st place; Owen O’Leary’s, 2nd place; Lafayette Club, 3rd place; Home Plate Bay St Grill!

Newly added Community Category: 1st place: Taunton Fire Department, 2nd place: Taunton Police Department, 3rd place: A Class Glass.

Competitors Choice Award went to Kris Hogan & Hard Rock

The Benjamin T.J. Mills Fund
Benjamin’s Fund was established in February 2008, in memory of our son, Benjamin, who passed away after being with us for only 48 short days. While Benjamin was here many lives were touched by his story. Many lives were united with the common bond of wanting him to survive. Our lives consisted of caring for Benjamin and concentrating only on him. Fortunately, through the help of our family, friends and even strangers, we were able to focus more on Benjamin for the little time we had with him. We didn’t have to worry about our loss of income or the stream of bills coming in. Thankfully, there was one less worry with all the help we received and for that we are eternally grateful.

Benjamin’s Fund fulfills our desire to give to others the feeling of security that we had. Through our fundraising efforts we hope to provide assistance to families who are financially in need due to the burden of caring for a terminally ill child. We want a child, whose life will never be long enough, to be surrounded by their parents constantly. Even though financial assistance is only a part of the many worries a sick child can bring, it is our hope that we can help in some small way. Every family we help means that one more child will not be without their parents love and constant care; throughout their journey.

Nellie Rose New Breakfast Restaurant in Whitman MA

Nellie Rose is a new breakfast and breakfast and lunch  place that has opened in mid December  up on Route 18 in Whitman where Andy’s seafood has been.

Here is the buzz from the Hockomock Swamp Supper club community-mostly postive and there are some growing pains

Went to Nellie Rose in Whitman for brunch the other day, because who doesn’t want to try Nellie Rose New Breakfast Restaurant in Whitman MA South Shore out the new breakfast place in town?  I ordered Nellie’s favorite breakfast. This includes 2 eggs, home fries or hash browns, and toast along with their homemade corned beef hash ($7.99). I am sort of obsessed with good corned beef hash, so I had to try it. I was not disappointed! Amazing, and definitely not from a can! The prices on most menu items are decent, portions are good, and the order came up pretty quick. Service was nice, Heather took great care of me.
After paying the bill, I decided to take a bowl of clam chowder home with me for my hubby, and ordered it to go. It was close to closing time, and they had run out, so they told me it would be a few minutes. I was bummed to find out it wasn’t made in house, but from frozen in a bag. And for the price ($5.99) I got about 6.5oz of soup, which was very disappointing as well.  Overall, a great place to grab breakfast or lunch, but maybe skip the soup

Nellie Rose New Breakfast Restaurant in Whitman MA South Shore  Finally tried out Nellie Rose breakfast today on Rt. 18 in Whitman. It deserves the rave reviews it has received. Friendly wait staff, great food and reasonable prices. Ain’t nothing fancy but it sure was satisfying. The pictures don’t do the meal justice. I had to take them quickly ‘cuz my friend saw my camera and said, ” Are you going to Swampie the meal ?”
And a new phrase was born.

My wife and I went out to do our food shopping this morning and wanted to try the newest breakfast spot in Whitman, The Nellie Rose Restaurant. We walked in and immediately felt at home with the decor and friendly staff. We were sat immediately and greeted with a small Nellie Rose New Breakfast Restaurant in Whitman MA South Shorebowl of assorted fresh breakfast breads (the pistachio bread is out of this world!). They offer standard breakfast fare (eggs, pancakes, waffles) but everything is homemade and scratch made. We asked our waitress about the house made bagels (yep, that’s a thing here) and she told us to make sure we microwave them because they don’t use preservatives so they are a little hard. What great service! My wife ordered the Eggs Benedict (which is her go to breakfast dish) and I went with the meat lovers omelet (bacon, sausage, ham, linguica and chourico…OH MY). The omelet was packed with meat and cheese and the perfect hearty meal to start my deal. We both ordered our shredded hash browns well done and we were not disappointed at all! My wife loved her Eggs Benedict and we grabbed a pair of Asiago cheese bagels to go for tomorrows breakfast. We will definitely be back and would highly recommend checking this place out if you’re in the area

My mom and I went to Nellie Rose this morning in Whitman.We were greeted by a friendly staff.  Our waitress was Tiffany. She was pleasant and sweet. She brought us a small bowl of donuts/cookies/muffin pieces. I LOVED that idea!! An appetizer for breakfast!!!! There is an impressive case of goodies to go also!  I opted for the cheese omelette with home fries and toast.  Okay, before I continue, I have to say that when I seen the toast, I was overjoyed! Why? Because I go to Reids in Brockton and they have the best toast, east of the Mississippi! I know what you all are thinking: “toast is toast!”  Um. NO!! I can’t explain it but it’s big and soft and toasty!  Okay, so getting to the omelette: I have to say that I wasn’t impressed with it. The reason? It was very dry. Almost overdone, if you will.The home fries had a wonderful texture, BUT the seasonings they use in them ruins them.Nellie Rose New Breakfast Restaurant in Whitman MA

The manager asked how everything was and my mom told her about the home fries and she graciously offered my mom to try the hash brown. mom LOVED it! I didn’t try it but it looked incredible. Perfectly done and not a bit of grease on the plate.  In all fairness, I was feeling ill before I arrived so my taste may have been off. I will try it again though. I usually have a policy that I will not try a place that is newly opened for at least six months but kind of broke that.  The decor and service are wonderful! I’ve enclosed a picture of the chairs that someone else had talked about earlier.

 Nellie Rose Restaurant
557 Bedford St, Whitman, MA 02382

Saturday & Sunday  5:30 AM – 1:00 PM  Monday-Friday 5:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Novara New Italian Restaurant in East Milton Square

Novara is a  new Italian Restaurant  has opened in East Milton Square.  It was recently previewed in The Boston Herald   It looks like a great place for date night or a girls night out.  I know some Swampies will heading there soon and we look forward to the reviews!

Novara New Italian Restaurant in East Milton Square New Kids on the Block crooner Jordan Knight bets ambitious Italian eatery Novara has the right stuff to make East Milton Square a destination dining hot spot.

The Grand openning was on Thursday  January 7th
Good food, quality service – what could be better? Whether you’re looking for an intimate meal or a place to gather with friends, Novara is the place to go for the best restaurant experience on the South Shore. Chef Tony DeRienzo uses Italian influences to infuse classic dishes with a hint of worldliness, making our menus fun, yet familiar. Our stylish and inviting space in the former State Theater of East Milton Square welcomes you to a quick, casual bite at the bar or to celebrate that special anniversary dinner.

Novara is named for DeRienzo’s ancestral hometown in the Piedmont region of northern Italy. His menu features modern interpretations of pan-­regional Italian comfort food classics with local New England accents. DeRienzo, a Brockton native, studied at Johnson & Wales before working for such Boston chefs as Tony Ambrose and Lydia Shire.

Kick off dinner with Tuscan white bean soup, Sicilian tuno crudo or ground chicken saltimbocca sandwich. Mangia housemade pasta, highlighted by “Nonna’s” spaghetti and meatballs — a savory pork, veal and beef recipe straight from DeRienzo’s mother Raffaela.

Entrees include whole bronzini with lemon zest tomato cream; beef tenderloin with leek gorgonzola mashed potatoes; and classic cioppino, an Italian-American seafood stew in light tomato and saffron broth. Novara also serves thin-crust Neapolitan-style pizzas.

Novara New Italian Restaurant in East Milton Square

Novara Facebook page -sneak preview

Novara’s other star attraction is a cavernous dining room in the re-purposed former Milton Cinema, designed by Steve Todisco (best known for his work with Davio’s).

The gleaming space with bright white tiles boasts a large 50-seat Carrara marble island bar, 23-foot-high ceilings with exposed wood, steel and utilities, and a massive, 16-foot TV above the open kitchen that replicates an old movie thea­ter screen. The brick-lined patio will open when warm weather returns, offering the neighborhood’s only al fresco dining.

Swampies will be heading there soon so make sure you check back for the buzz!!



4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

556 Adams St, Milton, Massachusetts 02186


A Toast to Reading Beer & Wine Tasting in Brockton MA

A Toast to Reading, a 21+ beer and wine tasting fundraiser to raise money for books for Whitman’s Conley Elementary  school and classroom libraries will be held on Friday January 22nd 7 to 10pm at The Shaw’s  Center in Brockton MA. A toast to reading beer & wine tasting shaw center brockton

Regal Market place will be providing taste sampling of beers and wines.  There will also be hot and  cold hors d’oeuvres plus dessert.  Coffee and tea will also be served.

Tickets are $30. They are available  at the Conley School and Regal Marketplace on South Ave near the commuter rail! Tickets are also available at the door.


The Shaw’s Center

1 Feinberg Way, Brockton, MA