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Nebo Restaurant

March 24, 2010

Last week, in celebration of Babson College’s spring break, Mark and I decided to enjoy an evening out away from the finance textbooks, with a night out at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston (ICA) and dinner at Nebo with friends. As grad students who work full time, we have to seize the moments when we can. We had heard about Nebo and it sounded fabulous but being located in the financial district of Boston, never really felt a draw to go.

It was a fabulous dining experience. The menu came, the dedicated gluten free menu that spanned 2 pages and I couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed by the choices available. Nebo encourages patrons to eat family style, sharing all courses. While there are gluten-full options available, our friends were fully committed to making it a gluten free night so that we could share everything.We started the meal with the rucola salad, baby arugula, shaved parmigiano, lemon vinaigrette. A delightfully light, crisp salad. Next we had the timballo di melanzana; eggplant and mozzarella timbale in a fresh tomato sauce. So delicious. This dish is served in a crock style bowl, steaming hot. Sometimes you order a dish like this and it is gloppy, however at Nebo, the eggplant retains its individual flavor accompanied by the rich tomato sauce surrounding it. For the finale, we split two pizzas, the Quattro Formaggi (fontina, gorgonzola, provolone, mozzarella) and the Carciofi (fresh ricotta, artichoke hearts, caramelized onions, mozzarella). The pizza’s were amazing. The carciofi was like a pizza onion ring (without the deep frying). The quatro formaggi was the perfect marriage of four cheeses. As our friend put it, the crust was reminiscent of a Chicago deep dish without being overly thick.

So the moral of this visit is don’t discredit Nebo because of its location and unfortunate parking situation. Make time to go because its truly an amazing meal.

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