Framed by exposed brick walls, decorated with daily specials chalkboards, and packed with gregarious patrons, this local foodie hangout feels like a cozy, neighborhoody, New England tavern. And with a gorgeous menu showcasing the prowess of chef Federico Fellini, Macchialina Taverna Rustica nails the concept of modern Italian cuisine. Combining such great ambience and amazing eats, expect one helluva night. Start with some Italian-imported salumi, local burrata,
or creamy polenta with sausage ragu and cipollini onions. Then, move on to the house-made pastas, perhaps the beet-filled mezzaluna, the tagliolini al funghi, or the spaghetti con vongole, before feasting on a lavish chicken or fish entrée (local hog snapper, anyone?). Save room for the house panna cotta, smothered in candied pistachios and balsamic-reduced strawberries.