You know what it’s like when you walk around the north end… a million places to go and you have absolutely no idea which restaurant to go to if you are not prepared ahead of time! This was exactly our issue the other night when we were all starving after a work event and thought the North End was the perfect solution.
The evening was gorgeous, warm and balmy and perfect for walking around, except for the fact that it was 9pm and I was about to faint! The North End was crowded with tourists, locals and out-of-towners all happily wandering around this fabulous “Little Italy.”
After walking up and down Hanover Street, we moved on to Salem Street as we thought it would be a little less congested. Literally everywhere had queues around the block. We then noticed a cute looking little, red restaurant on the corner called Terramia Ristorante and lucky for us they had a table for three with our name on it!
Terramia is a small, intimate, very cozy restaurant with about 12 tables covered in white tablecloths and a little Rosemary tree on each table that gave off a wonderful fragrance that was so subtle and quite novel. The black and white shirt attired waitstaff hurried around the restaurant with smiling faces and a welcoming attitude. Our waiter came over with menus and to discuss the specials and a little lesson in the correct pronunciation of the dishes.
We ordered a lovely bottle of the Chianti Riserva “Alta Classe”, Rufina (Toscana) and the Burrata Caprese to share. I am not even sure I have words to explain how absolutely amazing the Buratta (mozzarella and cream) was. They make it at the restaurant and it literally just melted in your mouth like fluffy clouds, and you had to take a moment to truly savor this light, decadent cheese. Paired with the freshest of mint and tomatoes, this dish was crazy good. I honestly think Kathleen would have licked the plate we allowed her.
If you are looking for the more traditional pasta dishes with cream or red sauces, this is probably not the place. Teramia’s aim is to have a more “modern Italian menu.” Everything on the menu looked spectacular; I was struggling with my choice.
We all knew we wanted to get something different and we were all focused on the pasta dishes. In the end, I made a decision to try the Raviolone Aperto – Terracotta baked open face raviolo, sea scallops & shrimp, zucchini segments, lobster mascarpone salsa rosa. Kathleen picked the Ravioli di Asparagi al Sugo di Funghi and Kerry the special of Mushroom Risotto garnished with Bulls Blood Microgreens.
My dish was truly spectacular, not only in presentation but in taste. Large chunks of fresh tasting scallops and shrimp, with a mouthwatering sauce over a large house-made Raviolone.
Kathleen found her dish a little too spicy, which is not surprising as even a little kick of pepper is sometimes to much for her lovely, delicate palate. I offered to swap dishes with her. Lucky for me I then got to try the Ravioli di Asaragi, which I have to say was extremely good, incredibly rich, and fabulously creamy with a faultless amount of whipped ricotta. There was no way I could eat it all but I did try very hard.
Having fun with our evening we talked to the waitstaff as it was a little later and quieter and chatted about our week. The Chef came over to chat to us about the dishes and talk a little about the garnish that was on the Risotto special. He told us it was Bulls Blood Microgreens.
Terramia is little more high-end on the prices, however, once you are served your dish, you understand why. Cena eccellente!
Teramia is truly amazing for an intimate, loud, cozy, squashed evening of finer Italian dining. Fun for date, with friends or family.