Wednesday, March 30, 2022


Chicken carbonara

Check out their bar!

Rock Bottom is just steps away from the Bock Wang Theatre.

Rock Boston Restaurant & Brewery
Boston, MA
No one saw it coming, but last Saturday families flooded the Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery on Stuart Street. We were all in the city for the Cocomelon show at the Boch Center.  After the show ended, it was a mad rush for food. The unsuspecting staff at Rock Bottom did a great job seating all of the parents and kids.

All of the moms and dads, including me, got ordered a beer. I enjoyed a Guinness. Rock Bottom offers many local beers, along with boozy milkshakes, cocktails, margaritas, mules and wine.

For lunch, I LOVED their chicken carbonara. The linguini is covered in a garlic-parmesan cream and is topped with a sunny-side up egg. Other entrees include fish and chips, Cajun fish tacos, grilled salmon and steak & fries. There are several burgers on their menu, along with a fried chicken sandwich, and a Philly cheesesteak. Rock Bottom also serves up a bunch of salads, bowls and flatbreads. For dessert, their beer donut holes covered in caramel sound amazing.
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Monday, March 21, 2022



Check out that pie from Newington Pizza!

Newington, CT

Newington Pizza is one of my favorite small, local pizza shops. It's been in business FOREVER and the pizza has been served the same forever. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. 

All of their pies are topped with a generous amount of cheese. And check out the cut! Instead of triangles, Newington Pizza cuts their pies into squares, and believe me, the center slices without the crust are delicious. I've been ordering their hamburger and mushroom pizzas since I was a teenager and am happy to say I still enjoy them today.

Newington Pizza also serves hot and cold subs, calzones, sandwiches salads, a bunch of apps and pastas. There is a small dining room, but most of their business is takeout. 


Thursday, March 17, 2022


Irish pizza

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, which means the green beer is flowing and Irish-inspired foods are flying out of the kitchen at restaurants everywhere. I stopped by Stone’s Public House in Ashland, MA today for some tasty takeout. I loved this Irish pizza with potatoes, bacon, cheese and scallions. It was nice to see the restaurant filed with customers are two years of pandemic restrictions. Let’s hope the worst of it is over. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


Sunday, March 13, 2022



Putin Punch at the Stew Leonard's in Newington, CT

The fruit punch is made by Avery's Soda
Many of us are left feeling helpless in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. There are many ways to help, including buying some Putin Punch. Avery's Soda of New Britain, Connecticut is bottling the soda with a portion of proceeds going to support the Ukranian Red Cross Society. It's available at Stew Leonard's in Newington and at their headquarters in New Britain. The label features Putin getting punched in the face with a yellow and blue boxing glove, which are the colors of the Ukranian flag. The bottle caps are also yellow and blue. Putin Punch has already raised thousands of dollars for the relief effort.

Thursday, March 10, 2022


Lemon chicken from Fiorella's

Blueberry muffin from Country Desserts

Caffe Nero across from Star Market

It's been about five years since I lived in Newton and I have missed so many of its restaurants. My wife and I recently spent some time in the city and reconnected with some of the places we have always loved.

The first stop was our favorite place, Fiorella's Cucina. I enjoyed my favorite dish, the lemon chicken. It's penne with chicken, kalamata olives and artichokes. We also went back to Paddy's Public House where I LOVED their chicken pot pie with a pint of beer. The pot pie is served in a bread bowl, which I devoured.

For breakfast, we stopped by Country Desserts for some of their delicious muffins. Their cupcakes are also amazing. We also checked out some new local chains like Caffe Nero and Clover Food Lab, which had opened since we moved away.

It was wonderful to see our favorite local spots still thriving all of these years later and after two brutal years of the pandemic. Check them out the next time you're in Newton. You can also read more about Fiorella's, Paddy's Public House and Country Desserts here on Eat Up New England. 

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