62 Restaurant in Salem Massachusetts was quite “the surprise.” Sure, they have great appetizers on the menu ranging from chickpea and risotto fritters, grilled calamari, mixed (and oh so fresh) baby heirloom tomatoes with burrata mozzarella to their yummy braised pork belly served with a spicy red cabbage salad and sea salt.
And, of course they have fresh fish on the menu since Salem is on the sea – their filet of sole locally caught over a crispy polenta with salsa puttanesca and the pan-roasted day boat cod with potatoes, roasted fennel & black olives with a broccoli rabe pesto are both out of this world. They even had a to die-for duck breast, with cipolla dolce, wood grilled peaches & vin cott. (below)
But what I think Chef Antonio Bettencourt do so well that you’d be beckoned to come back again and again, is his homemade pasta. (made by hand). He and his team are dedicated to using the best locally -sourced, all natural ingredients in season and at the peak of flavor. They put a lot of heart into it to show its “true soul” with a deep commitment to what Bettencourt refers to as the pure “craft” of cooking. His pasta dishes and choice of ingredients are out of this world.
There’s the delicious tutta la pasta sono fatto a mano, the tagliatelle alla bolognese, the tagliatelle with a tomato, veal, pork & pancetta ragu & parmigiano reggiano. a potato gnocchi with white wine braised beef shortrib and tomato, aged balsamic vinegar & parmigiano reggiano, the raviolo al’uovo – ricotta raviolo, soft egg yolk, pancetta, cippoline, wild mushrooms & black truffle, the hand-rolled garganelli, red wine braised duck, dried cherries, pinenuts & tuscan kale (OMG), and the lobster pappardelle, which is wide cut pasta with fresh lobster, roasted corn, tomatoes, basil & toasted breadcrumbs.
Are you dying yet? Strong strong strong recommend from this homemade pasta lover who tends to steer more towards old world than modern cooking and yet he managed to do a great job at creating a perfect blend of both.
Then, for dessert all you Italian dessert lovers, check out the lemon panna cotta with fresh blueberry preserves, the chocolate terrine with hazelnut gelato & candied espresso beans, a warm toffee pudding with toffee sauce and whipped cream or the strawberry-rhubarb crostada with vanilla gelato! Need I say more? These photos should do the trick!
62 Wharf Street
Salem, MA 01970