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Massachusetts Best Restaurants 2011

Massachusetts Best Restaurants 2011
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by in May 2011

BEST OLD-COUNTRY ITALIAN
Il Casale,
Belmont
Chef Dante De Magistris brought Italian family cooking to his hometown as if it were called Belmonte instead of Belmont. Diners who like to nibble skip the big dishes and order lots of sfizi–tiny plates, from arancini (rice balls) to zucchinata (grilled zucchini strips). Entrées: from $18. 50 Leonard St. 617-209-4942; ilcasalebelmont.com

BEST FRESH MARKET MEALS
The Market Restaurant,
Gloucester
Dockside on Lobster Cove, The Market is the brainchild of two young chefs, Nico Monday and Amelia O’Reilly, who met while working for Alice Waters at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. They bring the gospel according to Alice to Annisquam with a select menu of fish from local docks and everything else from nearby fields. Entrées: from $21. 33 River Road. 978-282-0700; themarketrestaurant.com

BEST CASUAL FISH
Mac’s Shack,
Wellfleet
The fryolator turns out the usual fish-and-chips, fried clams, and oysters at this popular casual spot, but the chefs also spotlight the local catch with sushi, a raw bar of local bivalves, and entrees such as cracker-crusted bluefish and wine-poached cod. Entrées: from $16. 91 Commercial St. 508-349-6333; macseafood.com

BEST CAPE COD ITALIAN
Dalla Cucina,
Provincetown
Chef Michael Ceraldi presents a Cape Cod-infused menu, using lobster and fennel in a sweet risotto or serving local striped bass Sicilian-style with olives, tomatoes, rosemary, and capers. Even the gorgonzola on the dessert list is drizzled with Cape Cod honey. Entrées: from $18. 404 Commercial St. 508-487-5404; dallacucinaptown.com

BEST TAKE-OUT
Angel Foods,
Provincetown
Locals exchange the latest gossip as they line up at this deli-cum-gourmet shop for takeout treats. Special offerings range from a tuna/roast pepper/olive tapenade sandwich to the truly huge ginger-cream whoopie pie. Sandwiches: from $7.50. 467 Commercial St. 508-487-6666; angelfoods.com

BEST PICNIC SUSHI
Net Result,
Vineyard Haven
Best known as one of the Vineyard’s top fishmongers, Net Result also sells seafood plates to go. The sushi menu is an embarrassment of local riches, with sushi and sashimi all made to order from the freshest catch. Call ahead to order a box for a picnic at the beach. Entrées: from $10. Sushi: from $5.95. 79 Beach Road. 508-693-6071; mvseafood.com

BEST ISLAND BARBEQUE
Smoke ‘n’ Bones Bbq,
Oak Bluffs
The slow-cooked smoked barbeque here replicates Southern styles with finger-licking results. Best bets are the baby back ribs and the slabs of Memphis-style spare ribs–served on plates big enough to share. On-premise eating is at picnic tables next to the shack, an area affectionately known as “the boneyard.” Entrées: from $15.95. 20 Oakland Ave. 508-696-7427; smokenbonesmv.com

BEST ROMANTIC SPOT
Summer House Restaurant,
Siasconset
People go to Nantucket to get away from the mainland hubbub–and to ‘Sconset to escape busy Nantucket Town. Between the flickering candlelight, vases of fresh flowers, tinkling piano music, and zesty regional cooking, who wouldn’t fall in love? Entrées: from $19. 17 Ocean Ave. 508-257-9976; thesummerhouse.com

Please Note: This article was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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