If the “world is your oyster” then the North End is the place to be.
In amongst the garlic, pasta, delicious sauces, savory meats and delectable pastries, there are several places in the North End renowned for their oysters.
In alpha order, they are: Mare Oyster Bar, Mercato del Mare, Neptune Oyster and Villa Francesca.
MARE OYSTER BAR
Under the creative direction of Executive Chef Greg Jordan, the Raw Bar menu at Mare focuses on a locally-sourced oyster program while continuing to pride itself on the philosophy of creating simple yet elegant dishes highlighting the natural flavors of its fresh, sustainable seafood. Mare serves “the finest selection of oysters around, with six to eight varieties from diverse farms all located in the Northeast.”
Below you see a picture of their Oysters Limoncello. A few months back, Greg Jordan, shared the recipe for this delicious appetizer. Just follow this link for the recipe … http://www.northendboston.com/2011/12/virtual-table-for-week-of-december-12/
Mercato del Mare
99 Salem Street
Mercato del Mare celebrates its fourth anniversary in business this June, yet it feels as if they’ve been a fixture in the North End for much longer. Under the inspired direction of Liz Ventura and Keri Cassidy – two longtime friends and neighborhood residents – they have created an ever-evolving line of seafood products and services – including a popular, FREE Saturday afternoon “Shuck U” oyster-shucking classes! Mercato del Mare is a delightful place to shop for the freshest seafood for taking home and cooking, or go ahead, splurge and buy their pre-prepared delicacies.
63 Salem Street
Neptune Oyster introduces us to the home page of their website in the following manner. “As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and make plans.” A MOVEABLE FEAST. Ernest Hemingway. Neptune’s food delights the palette.
When you visit their website or dine with them, you’ll read their menu, and immediately note that they believe in “creating amazing Italian food that can cater to all your Boston events needs.” Villa Francesca invites you to “Enjoy an intimate candlelit night, come by for lunch, or order from our special events menu and bring the whole office and we will make your experience a time to remember. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a Tuscany restaurant.”
So in addition to their attention to detail, one of our favorite parts of Villa Francesca is the large, ice and seafood filled boat in their window.
So, ready, set, shuck …. and enjoy!