Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Experiencing Boston’s Local Food Movement

If you are in the Boston area and in search of restaurants that serve locally grown food look no further than Za and Evoo. Appealing to tourists and locavores, both provide the opportunity for diners to savor seasonal flavors while enjoying the freshest ingredients available.

Za is known for their unique pizza’s and family-friendly atmosphere. Evoo, Za’s sister restaurant serves up eclectic cuisine and is perfect for those looking to experience a unique twist on locally prepared food. If dining on local fare is your thing, Za and Evoo are a must when travelling to the Boston area. Read on to be tempted by these unique restaurants.

Za- 138 Massachusetts Ave. Arlington MA 781-316-2334

With pizza options like Roasted Butternut Squash, Apples, Smoked Goat Cheese, Maple Vinaigrette, Walnuts, and Micro Greens, one can truly appreciate the local seasonal offerings Za has to offer. For the adventurous types, the "Mac 'n' Cheese" pizza is a great option. After eating this pizza one wonders why it is not a common topping.
Za’s salads are a perfect blend of ingredients from the farmers that the restaurant partners with. The restaurant touts serving the highest quality produce available and after eating one of their mouth watering salads you will agree.

Za does not take reservations but does have a call ahead option. If there is a wait list they will add your name for a better chance at getting a seat upon arrival. Calling ahead to see about the wait is not a bad idea.

Evoo- 350 Third Street in Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 617-661-3866.

Evoo serves up local produce and livestock and changes their "Home Grown" menu daily. A changing menu that includes local ingredients like Carlson Orchard's Peach-Basil Relish or Sesame-Hoisin Braised Boyden Farm's Beef, you can go on a tasting adventure that will lead to new and interesting culinary combinations. The wait staff is very knowledgeable and should be consulted with for their recommendations.

A nice option that Evoo has is a three-course daily menu and a seven-course tasting menu. A great way to experience different menu choices.

Evoo accepts reservations both by phone and online.

The Nature Playground will feature restaurant reviews and area farmers markets regularly so be sure to check back often!

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