Food & Drink

M.C. Spiedo Brings the Italian Renaissance to the Seaport

Good eats from two acclaimed Maine chefs

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New Englanders typically fly south for avoidance, not adventure. But chefs Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier break the mold with their Italy-by-way-of-Boston debut, M.C. Spiedo.

The James Beard Award-winning pair spent 25 years impressing diners at Arrows, an Ogunquit institution that introduced legions to the farm-to-table concept. Desiring a change, Gaier and Frasier conceived an Italian sister to their casual American bistro, MC Perkins Cove, and now divide their time between Beantown and Maine. The new restaurant pays homage to 15th-century Italy and its multicourse meals of tomato-free pastas and pizzas, stewed fruits, and spit-roasted meats.

Start by splitting the M.C. Pizza (grapes, fennel, arugula, mozzarella; pictured). Move on to a plate of tagliatelle with Guinea hen, oranges, almonds, and kale. Roasted meats include heritage chicken, suckling pig, and regionally sourced duck. Cocktails like the Inizio Bellini (Moscato d’Asti, Fabrizia blood orangecello) reflect a love of local ingredients and Italian liqueurs.

Financial District honchos are in for another treat: a power breakfast menu of dishes such as Meyer lemon ricotta pancakes and lobster Benedict with prosciutto and crisp polenta.

It’s not for the birds.

M.C. Spiedo Ristorante & Bar, 606 Congress Street, inside the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel (617-476-5606 or mcspiedoboston.com).

Photo: Courtesy of M.C. Spiedo Ristorante & Bar

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606 Congress St
inside Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel
Boston, MA 02210