Barbara Lynch, the queen of Boston's dining scene (see also: No. 9 Park, B&G Oysters, The Butcher Shop) had the foresite to create a culinary triad in the city's burgeoning Fort Point Channel neighborhood: the posh restaurant Menton, the adjacent below-street-level bar, DRINK, and the upstairs Italian trattoria Sportello, modeled after a diner. With a clean, white, lunch-counter look. Sportello belies its minimalist design with market-fresh fare like deep bowls of
truffled gnocci with peas and plates of spicy smoked pork with roasted onions and farro. There's also an impressive weekend brunch menu. The bakery area has now morphed into a wine bar offering increased seating for 18 more diners and a tantalizing selection of artisinal wines.