Italian hot spot Alma Nove is an impressive space on the Boston waterfront, complete with outdoor dining digs that rival a window seat indoors. The restaurant is helmed by Chef Paul Wahlberg, and named for his mother Alma and her nine (nove) children, including famous siblings Donnie and Mark. Wahlberg has created an upscale eatery that puts his skill as an Italian chef in the spotlight.
Pull up a seat on the patio, and enjoy a crisp New England evening by the stunning fire-pit, as you watch the sun set over the water. Or score a window seat inside when the temperature dips. Just be sure to make a reservation, as Alma Nove is the spot for South Shore locals who love high-end Italian and a great glass of wine. Stunning view on the patio of Alma Nove — Photo courtesy of Alma Nove
Wine Director Carrie Casagrande carefully selects every wine served at Alma Nove, creating a list that is balanced and complementary to the food prepared in the kitchen. Casagrande's passion for wine, paired with her expertise in pairing food with wine, allows Alma Nove regulars the opportunity to enjoy a list that is reasonably priced yet comparable to what you'd find for far more in Boston's downtown.
Casagrande has even put her stamp on the dessert menu, whipping up an item you are sure to have room for: the dream girl dessert cocktail. For $9, you'll enjoy a 3 oz. pour of Dark Lady Pinotage along with a tasting of dark chocolate, raspberries and house-made truffles, a must for those who crave a little taste of something sweet.
Your server will happily assist you in selecting from the changing selection of appetizers, salads, pastas and entrees that are prepped fresh each day. On Alma Nove's menu, you'll find a balance of local fish, side dishes, salads and meats that change with the seasons, as well as staples that stay put all year long. Sample from each of Alma Nove's menu sections to get the best overview of the cuisine. Ideally, share with those at your table so you have room for all that is offered. A tender meal — Photo courtesy of Alma Nove
Appetizers not to miss include the potato-crusted calamari, meatballs and salami platter. Add something light and crisp to your meal with a salad like the seasonal Caprese. Foregoing the traditional combination of tomato, basil, and mozzarella when the summer ends, Alma Nove shifts its focus to in-season vegetables that create surprisingly delicious twists on this Italian classic, while avoiding serving sub-par tomatoes out of season.
Order a plate or a taste of the house-made pasta, and share to sample favorites like Chef Paul's expertly dressed pillow-light gnocchi, or the wildly popular ragu Bolognese. Be sure to save room for the protein, because the meat and fish served here will leave you looking for one last bite.