One of the city’s finest South Shore-style bar pizza purveyors — Bardo’s, run by a deeply rooted Massachusetts food industry family, the Lombardo’s — is taking its show on the road. The owners have invested in a nearly 25-foot-long pizza trailer capable of producing the same buttery, crispy, thin-crust pizza that has landed Bardo’s plenty of local accolades from its South Boston outpost. Starting on May 1, the truck will be stationed at Castle Island’s brewery in Norwood. According to a press rep, it will also be available to book for private and public events.
Boston’s indie coffee shop unionization wave continues
The Boston Globe reports that around 60 employees at Somerville coffee shops Diesel Cafe, Bloc Cafe, and Forge Baking Company recently secured their first union contract, which locks in regular raises, more paid time off, and other benefits for workers. A slew of other Boston coffee shops have organized, including Pavement and, more recently, Tokava in Jamaica Plain, but the Diesel, Bloc, and Forge union is one of the first to cement a contract.
Drink up for a good cause
Mida chef Douglass Williams and business partner Seth Gerber are organizing a fundraiser on February 28 that both celebrates Black History Month and supports Heading Home, a local nonprofit focused on aiding families and individuals experiencing homelessness. Over a dozen participating restaurants — including Mooncusser, Hojoko, and Thistle & Leek — are putting special cocktails using liquor from Black-owned spirits company Uncle Nearest on the menu, with all proceeds from drink sales on February 28 benefitting Heading Home. Keep an eye on Mida’s Instagram account for details and a full list of restaurants.
Thank a barista today
That latte art doesn’t come easy: