Is it that we’re lucking out with weeks filled with glorious days, or did spring finally arrive in Boston? No matter, really. Today we guide you to one of our favorite local picnic places: the Esplanade. Pre-Pops, this place is a wonderful (and not at all crowded) spot to settle down for outdoor lunch. We think the best place to pick up your food is nearby Charles St.
• The Mass Ave. location of Panificio may have closed, but its original shop is still open. Take any pastry you like from their display cases, or try their crispy duck salad with herbed goat cheese, spicy walnuts, and roasted peppers.
• Though the French aren’t fond of take-out, we’re sure you won’t offend at Pigalle. We would highly recommend the truffled parmesan risotto, with exotic mushrooms and brunoise vegetables.
• The Upper Crust is always a great place for some of the most interesting pizzas in town. Put together your own pizza with anything from their extensive list ingredients, or go for the Uncommon Pizza, topped with bacon, fresh pineapple, and jalapeno peppers.