Bacaro: Mouthwatering Pizza on the River in Providence, RI

Some of the tastiest thin crust pizza I have had is from Bacaro, a small Italian restaurant located next to the river in Providence, Rhode Island.

I ordered the “Margherita Pizza.” Almost paper-thin, the crisp crust is fragile, yet it also has a nice chewiness.  The tomato sauce is spotted on top of a two-cheese covered crust. Then, the pizza is topped with some fresh basil and cut into many small pieces. I love how the parts of the pizza covered with both sauce and cheese had a slightly sweeter flavor than the parts not covered in sauce. This created a combination of flavors and of textures that worked very well.

If you are ever in Providence, you must stop at Bacaro.

 

Pines Picks: Top Ten Dishes in Cambridge, MA

I recently got the chance to live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for a few weeks. Over the course of my stay, I tried many restaurants in the area. It turns out, there is some incredible food in Cambridge. Listed below are my favorite ten dishes:

 

1. Best Waffle: Zinneken’s Belgian Waffles

 1154 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

Zinneken’s Belgian Waffles serves up the best sugary Belgian waffle in Cambridge. I ordered a liege waffle with Belgian chocolate and speculoos, and I was very pleased. Since the waffle is dense, it holds the rich melted chocolate in every bite. Mixed with the gingerbread-tasting speculoos, the waffle has a surprisingly unique, incredibly tasty flavor.

 

2. Best Sushi: Cafe Sushi

1105 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

Cafe Sushi — without a doubt — has the best sushi in Cambridge. The rice has a slight vinegar undertone, and is a solid accompaniment to their incredibly fresh fish. I loved the tuna scallion roll and would recommend it. The nori (seaweed) is tightly wrapped, and the sushi roll is soft and very easy to eat.

 

3. Best Ramen: Santouka Hokkaido Ramen

1 Bow St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Santouka Hokkaido Ramen specializes in ramen. I tried many types of their ramen, and I especially loved the Spicy Miso Ramen and the classic Shio Ramen. The Spicy Miso features a combination of “three kinds of chili peppers” and truly packs a punch. The spice, however, does not take away from the firmness of the thin noodles. I also loved the shio ramen, which was beautifully salted and featured a thick broth.

 

4. Best Scallion Pancake: Changsho

1712 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

Changsho is an institution; it has been serving amazing Chinese food since it was named Wong Foon in the 1970s. I got the chance to eat there, and it was by far my favorite restaurant in Cambridge. One of the highlights was their non-oily scallion pancakes. They are flaky and layered, with each layer crisp but chewy. The steaming pile of pancakes, dipped in a bit of soy sauce or a little duck sauce, makes for a great dish.

 

5. Best Nachos: Felipe’s Taqueria

21 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

After passing by and noticing a high-piled stack of hot nachos, I stopped in to get my own. Felipe’s has many options, but the nachos caught my eye. The nacho chips are put in an oven to melt the cheese and then are topped with refreshing, chopped Pico de Gallo, cubed medium steak, black beans, and tasty mild guacamole. I ended up making a second trip and ordered the same thing. They are that good.

 

6. Best Cannoli: Mike’s Pastry

11 Dunster St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Imagine a cookie filled with sweet, light cannoli cream and wrapped in chocolate chips. Mike’s Pastry has a Florentine cannoli that is exactly that. The cookie shell has the same thickness as a caramelized classic Florentine. The cannoli cream is lighter than most, but splashed with some well-sized chocolate chips, it suits the Florentine’s thickness well.

 

7. Best BBQ: Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

16-18 Eliot St, Cambridge, MA 02138

You cannot go wrong with Kalbi Short Rib and steamed white rice from Japanese BBQ spot Gyu-Kaku. The meat is marinated in a delectable sweet and salty, almost teriyaki-like sauce. The Kalbi Short Rib is super thin and you cook it right at your table. After about two minutes, put the short rib right on top of some warm steamed white rice for a hearty and tasty meal.

 

8. Best Dumpling: Changsho

1712 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

The soup dumplings at Changsho are so good they justify their 30-minute wait time. Served with a small amount of tangy vinegar, the piping hot soup-filled dumplings are unbeatable. The casing of the dumpling is not sticky and holds a fair amount of the salty soup and some meat. A secret is to wait a few minutes for the dumplings to cool down just enough, and then eat each one whole so that the soup literally explodes in your mouth.

 

9. Best Falafel: Falafel Corner

8 Eliot St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Falafel Corner serves up some very tasty falafel. The dollops of chickpea are fried to a golden brown and then topped with flavorful tahini, tomato, and lettuce. Tightly wrapped in a warm pita, the falafel at Falafel House is well worth a try.

 

10. Best Pizza: Otto

1432 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

Otto has some super thin, very high-quality pizza. There are many options, but my favorite is the classic pepperoni. The slice has the right ratio of cheese to sauce to dough and hits the spot if you are looking for some satisfying pizza. (Note: the bottom of the slices have a fair amount of cornmeal, which may be a turn-off for some. However, I did not mind.)

Da Greco

Da GrecoDa Greco has a large variety of pastas and Italian dishes. I did not expect to have such delicious pasta in Spain, but Da Greco has some of the best pastas ever. Each dish was better than the next. From the light gnocchi smothered in incredible, sweet tomato sauce to meaty, delectable lasagna to the best spaghetti arrabbiata of my life (angel hair, super thin pasta), Da Greco was so good that my mouth waters thinking of it.

To finish the meal, the desserts are very good. My favorite was the super sour Lemon gelato, which is very refreshing.

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Da Greco
Carrer de Santa Teresa, 10,
08012 Barcelona – Spain
Tel: +34 932 18 65 50

Can Solé

Can SoléI have to admit that my favorite restaurant in Barcelona was Can Solé. I also have to admit that I am a huge fan of paella. Simply put, I have never had or seen such beautiful and amazing paella in my life. The yellow rice is exactly al dente, seasoned pleasantly with saffron and topped with either a ton of seafood or lobster that has no chew and just melts in your mouth with the flavor of the rice. The paella is served per person and comes in a giant pan. This is the best paella in the world.

To start, I highly recommend the delectable garlicy, salty prawns and the anchovies if you want a small snack. However, the paella alone can make for one of the best meals ever.

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Can Solé
Carrer de Sant Carles, 4,
08003 Barcelona – Spain
Tel: +34 932 21 50 12
http://restaurantcansole.com/

 

Escriba

EscribaOn the walk back from Boqueria Market, we passed a place called Escriba. I got a freshly cooked waffle out of a window in the store with crèma catalana. It is kind of like a slightly orange-zest flavored vanilla cream topped with sugar and then torched to a crunchy shell on top of the soft, sugary waffle. Great snack.

 

Escriba Rambla
Rambla de les Flors 83,
Barcelona – Spain
Tel: +34 93 301 60 27