Recently BEELINE held a contest and I won the grand prize—an exclusive dinner at Tresca’s romantic Wine Grotto. WOW is right!
This was much different than your typical night out. It was an experience like no other. Jeremy and I were treated to a 4-course meal seated at one of the most exclusive and romantic tables in Boston. Tresca, located in the North End, has one private table in its Wine Grotto, secluded from the rest of the restaurant and other diners. We felt like we were dining in our own private restaurant.
The Sommelier was incredibly helpful in helping us pick the perfect wine to pair with our meal. He was incredibly knowledgeable about Italian wines and after discussing our likes and dislikes (honestly, I don’t really dislike anything about wine, except Chardonnay), he chose the perfect bottle for us.
Our server was very professional and friendly. He and the chef put together a wonderful tasting menu for us. They were spot on with our likes; seafood for me, meat for Jeremy. With so many delicious sounding menu choices, we were glad to be getting the tasting menu. This meant we didn’t need to choose between the Osso Bucco Veal Shank or Surf & Turf with aged black angus tenderloin and Maine lobster tail scampi. Quite frankly I don’t know how I would have picked just one.
Tresca labels their gluten free (GF) and dairy free (DF) options right on the menu. They are also willing to make substitutions and accommodations as necessary.
Capesante Veneziane ~ Pan seared Diver Scallops served over a warm salad of roasted corn, fresh peas and apple wood smoked bacon. Steak – 10 oz marinated hanger steak, with a rosemary demi glaze with arugula salad.
Bucatini Bolognese ~ Traditional northern style veal & pork ragout enriched with pancetta & tomatoes, served with gluten free penne.
Costata di Vitello ~ Veal Chop Naturally raised milk-fed veal chop, served with glazed baby carrots, garlic mashed potato and salsa cruda.
Pesce Della Sera (Fish of the day) ~ The chef’s hand selected fish special, oven roasted salmon with herb roasted potatoes, and pear salad with baby arugula Barlett pear, pine nuts tossed with lemon thyme vinaigrette.
Unfortunately, for dessert, there wasn’t anything available that gluten free. The chef brought out a cannolis sampler for Jeremy and of course I had to try a bite of the fillings! Each one was decadent, rich, and very sinful. Usually, Tresca offers gelato and a gluten free chocolate cake, which I would have loved to try!
Every dish was delicious and full of flavor. The main course portions were very generous, and the wine list was intense, filled with an array of classic and more unique Italian wines.
We loved being able to take our time, not be rushed, and enjoy our night together. We were treated like VIP throughout the night and impressed with the quality of the food and the excellent service.
This was such a wonderful experience and we would like to thank Tresca and BEELINE for such a magnificent and unforgettable evening!