Prezza is a small, upscale Italian restaurant conveniently located next to La Summa (!!!) in the North End.

Two weeks ago, I met my dad and aunt there for a spontaneous dinner after class on a Thursday evening. If you can’t tell, I seriously love my family who have been so generous to me since I’ve been in Boston.

Okay so I only got a couple pictures of our appetizers (thanks to my dad!) and I lost two of the pictures (oops), but below my absolute favorite of the three starters we tried is pictured.

Crispy Shrimp, Italian slaw and cherry pepper aioli

Now, I don’t usually like to look my food in the eye while I’m eating it, (bad joke, I know), but these shrimp were amazing! The coating was crispy while still being light and totally not greasy which is always a win with fried food.

We also got the Braised Short Rib, sunchoke puree and fried sunchokes as well as the Buffalo Mozzarella, roasted baby artichoke, roasted red pepper, olive oil, aged balsamic and fresh basil. Both were superb and I wish I had pictures of both (mostly so I can be reminded of how great they were).

For an entree, I ordered the Scallops, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, guanciale, and cauliflower puree.

Scallops, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, guanciale, cauliflower puree

These scallops were so amazing. The portion was so generous and absolutely satisfying because the flavors in this dish were so great. There is a surprising smokiness from the guanciale in the dish that I particularly loved.

Cod Oreganata, gnocchi, tomato, black olives, capers and anchovy

Above, is my aunt’s Cod Oreganata, gnocchi, tomato, black olives, capers and anchovy. I got to steal a bite, and this was so delicious. The fish was so light, but it complimented the acidic red sauce perfectly. It was great.

Veal Porter House, saffron lobster risotto and broccoli rabe

Pictured above was my father’s entree of Veal Porter House, saffron lobster risotto and broccoli rabe. I was only allowed to try the saffron lobster risotto which was fantastic.

Prezza is a definite splurge kind of meal but everything there is delicious. It’s a modern take on Italian food, however, everything here is so wonderful and carefully created that it is nonetheless, timeless.

Until next time! Xx


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