A downturn in the economy is a tough blow to Boston restaurateurs. With less people eager to head to the pricier restaurants on a whim, restaurants have had to get a little creative to pull in the crowds. And if that means serving “small plates” options, then restaurants are eager to please. Mistral, the popular South End French bistro, has started serving small plates in the large bar area, which can accomodate 40 people. Choose from a variety of delectable options, such as crisp gruyere and parmesan gougeres, the perfect cheesy pastry to accommodate a glass of wine. Other options range from foie gras to a petite creme brulee, providing quite the variety for guests to sample from.
Chef Jamie Mammano’s choice to serves small plates at Mistral continues at another one of his top-tier restaurants, Copley Square’s Sorellina. While the cuisine is Italian rather than French, Sorellina still maintains the superior service and quality as Mistral. Pasta options include fettuccini with wild mushrooms in black truffle butter and red beef farcito ravioli with toasted almonds and green onion butter. The option of a large and small portion definitely gives your wallet a rest if you’re looking to save a bit. Word is that Mammano is doing the same small plate options at his other restaurants, such as Teatro on the Boston Common, and Mooo…, which practically neighbors the State House. No matter which restaurant you choose, small plates offer a taste of the luxe life without an equally hefty price tag.
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