Last week was a busy one for hotly anticipated restaurant openings, with Ribelle and A4 Pizza both softly open for several nights. Tonight is the real deal, though, with the two new spots officially opening. Ribelle, located in the former Tamarind Bay space in Brookline's Washington Square, is the first solo project from Strip-T's Tim Maslow, and A4 Pizza is the newest member of the Area Four family, taking up residence where the ephemeral Bearded Pig appeared and disappeared last summer on the edge of Union Square in Somerville.
At Ribelle, you'll want to try dishes like sourdough passatelli (duck, whey, fermented hots) and sweetbread milanese (basil, lemon, pan gratta), followed by olive oil ice cream with a chocolate shell for dessert. There's a small beer list (think Brooklyn Brewery lager and Ommegang 'Rare Vos' amber ale) and a selection of crafty cocktails to wash it all down.
A4 Pizza features — surprise! — pizza, and the rest of the menu (a few salads and such) is set off by a "Not Pizza" heading. For pizza, try the Wellfleet cherrystone clam & bacon pie (with pecorino, hot pepper, and parsley), a bit of a New Haven homage. Also, your dessert choice: a Hoodsie or an Italian ice. With appropriate wooden spoons, of course. There's a small but satisfying beer selection and a whole lot of Maker's Mark, and video game emulators are set to a different choice of old-school games every night, so you can play Punch-Out!! while you wait for your pizza. Keep an eye out for half-priced cold slices after the custom-built, wood-fired oven goes off at 11pm, available until 1am.
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