Taste of Redd’s in Rozzie

Next up in our Taste of Roslindale profile series is Redd’s In Rozzie.

What made you open a restaurant in Roslindale? I’ve lived in the area for many years, I liked the patio of the previous restaurant in this space, and I like how there’s a city-feel here without it being in the city

What’s the one thing you do better than anyone else? We have a unique personality and the restaurant shows it, we have our own herb garden, we use local sources. We’re like family restaurant on steroids – families come between 5 and 7, then groups of friends and couples show up.

What will you be serving at Celebrate RVMS? It’s a surprise!

What additions are you making to your fall menu like this year? The new menu comes out next week, but it will depend on what comes in our new produce shipment.

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Taste of Napper Tandy’s

Next up in our Taste of Roslindale profile series is Napper Tandy’s.

What made you open a restaurant in Roslindale? Roslindale is an up and coming neighborhood.

What’s the one thing you do better than anyone else? A great draft selection at a good price.

What will you be serving at Celebrate RVMS? Our shepherd’s pie – always a hit, we’re making a hundred pounds of it!

What additions are you making to your fall menu like this year? We’re currently changing the menu to reflect the season…but our cocktail menu is out!

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Taste of Sophia’s Grotto

Next up in our Taste of Roslindale profile series is Sophia’s Grotto.

What made you open a restaurant in Roslindale? We like the area, thought the courtyard was a great space, and appreciate the diversity that’s here.

What’s the one thing you do better than anyone else? We offer quality, affordable food, and you can come in for a special night or for a casual night.

What will you be serving at Celebrate RVMS? Farfalle Al Pesto and Tiramisu.

What additions are you making to your fall menu like this year? Gnocchi, Bouillabaisse fish stew, mushroom risotto.

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Taste of Effie’s Kitchen

Next up in our Taste of Roslindale profile series is also the newest addition to the Village, Effie’s Kitchen.

What made you open a restaurant in Roslindale? I’m a Rozzie resident, and always thought the area could use a Greek restaurant.

What’s the one thing you do better than anyone else? My bougatsa! I make homemade food every day.

What will you be serving at Celebrate RVMS? Gyros, spinach pies, rice pudding, stuffed cabbage.

What additions are you making to your fall menu like this year? I just opened!

Be sure to say hi to them at the RVMS celebration, and definitely go check out their new spot in the Village!

Taste of Delfino Restaurant

Next up in our Taste of Roslindale profile series is Delfino Restaurant.

What made you open a restaurant in Roslindale? Affordability, good parking, accessible to surrounding communities that might want high-quality Italian food but not go into Boston to get it.

What’s the one thing you do better than anyone else? We do nice pastas – we’re #14 out of more than 2,500 Boston restaurants on TripAdvisor!

What will you be serving at Celebrate RVMS? You’ll have to come to the event to find out!

What additions are you making to your fall menu like this year? We’re still finalizing the menu, but it’ll include our pumpkin ravioli and a lot of seasonal veggies.

Be sure to stop by their station and say hello at this Thursday’s RVMS celebration!

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Taste of Shanti

Next up in our Taste of Roslindale profile series is Shanti Taste of India

What made you open a restaurant in Roslindale? We had a lot of people from Roslindale coming to our restaurant in Dorchester, and they kept asking us to open a Shanti in Roslindale!

What’s the one thing you do better than anyone else? We make our our spice mixes–we roast, grind, and blend our own spice mixes. Most Indian restaurants don’t do that.

What will you be serving at Celebrate RVMS? Squash curry with vegetable fritters

What additions are you making to your fall menu like this year? We offer monthly specials every month of the year, appetizers, entrees, and breads.

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Taste of Birch Street Bistro

This year’s Taste of Roslindale event is going to be bigger and better than ever, and to celebrate we’re highlighting the restaurants and shops participating in the year’s event. First up is Birch Street Bistro.

What made you open a restaurant in Roslindale? Our family has been in Roslindale for three generations.

What’s the one thing you do better than anyone else? Overall experience – we give you everything from the decor to the atmosphere to the drinks and the food.

What will you be serving at Celebrate RVMS? Our always popular crab cakes.

What additions are you making to your fall menu like this year? We are currently working on our new menu–we change it about three times a year. Our new drink menu will be out next week.

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Taste of Boston Cheese Cellar

Among the many restaurants contributing to Thursday’s “Celebrate RVMS!,” one particular vendor’s selection may surprise you. There will, of course, be cheese at the Boston Cheese Cellar’s station, but that won’t be all.

“We make sandwiches in the shop, with our fresh ingredients, our fresh delicatessen meats, cheeses, and our bulk items, artichokes and tomatoes,” says owner Adam Shutes, “and so the idea is to give people a taste of what we serve in the shop.”

While the downtown area boasts a few notable cheese shops, the Boston Cheese Cellar is unique in the neighborhoods. With a large selection of cheese from around the world, there’s something for every cheese lover – they even carry vegan cheese for the dairy-free cheese lover. But cheese and sandwiches are not their only offerings. The store also has a large selection of olive oil, deli meats, and other gourmet items. While the cheese is the center of attention, the shop’s other goods are equally deserving of the spotlight.

A Roslindale resident for more than seven years, Adam and his partner, Giuseppe Argentieri, took over the Boston Cheese Cellar in the spring, after the previous owners shut their doors. “I’ve always been very socially motivated,” he explained, “I had the chance to step into a very much beloved shop and save it, and try to maintain it and build on a great foundation.”

Adam has built on that foundation by introducing locally produced goods to the shop wherever possible. “Take the cheeses aside, because so many of them come from the rest of the world,” he says, “but maybe even 90% of other things we have come from New England, and maybe 60% come from Massachusetts… I’ve really tried to make an effort to have a locally sourced shop.” Among the locally sourced items are honeys from New Hampshire, Mattapan, and coming this weekend, honey from right here in Roslindale. If honey isn’t your thing, try a local mustard, locally produced chocolate, or, of course, a local cheese.

If you can’t make it to Celebrate RVMS Thursday, be sure to stop by the Boston Cheese Cellar to taste one of these sandwiches for yourself. Adam says that this fall, he’ll be introducing more Paninis to his sandwich rotation, including the Speck Taleggio Panini. “Taleggio is a washed rind cheese from Italy, and speck is like a prosciutto, but instead of curing it’s smoked. The taleggio melts beautifully over that. It’s a classic Northern Italian panini.”

If you are headed to Celebrate RVMS on Thursday (tickets are still available!), be sure to stop by and say “hello” to the Boston Cheese Cellar, and have a taste of one of their sandwiches. The Boston Cheese Cellar is just one of many reasons to celebrate Roslindale!

 

 

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