Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Harvard Squared

Toscano gets a second home in Harvard Square


Anything you can do I can do better.

Though no one will admit it, it's the game we play on both sides of the Charles River.

But one thing Boston and Cambridge can now agree upon is that we all love Toscano, the Beacon Hill favorite now with a second location in Harvard Square.

With the original spot nestled amongst the Charles Street brownstones on the Hill, it's only natural that Toscano would choose the equally historic brick-lined sidewalks of Harvard Square for its second home, which seats 120 people and includes a bar and outdoor seating for sangria-sipping on summer afternoons. 

As for the food, think of someplace on a different river — say, the Arno in Florence, where culinary inspiration flows, well, like water.

The simple, delicious Tuscan fare on offer (think wood-fired pizzas dressed with fresh wild mushrooms and mozzarella, charcoal-grilled veal rib chop and salad with red beets and gorgonzola) is enough for us to admit that maybe the Italians can get one up on us from the other side of the Atlantic. 

As for Boston and Cambridge, let's just call it even. 

52 Brattle St., Harvard Square
(617) 354-5250

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Subway: Red Line to Harvard Square
Best bets: Speck pizza; bone-in pork loin; linguine vongole
Nearby: First Printer; Le's; Tory Row

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