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Jun 18, 2007 03:46 PM

Pescatore Seafood in Somerville

Late notice but Pescatore Seafood opens today in Ball Square (right next to Kelly's diner on the side opposite Powerhouse Pub). They will be take out only until they get a zoning variance because parking is a zero sum game and someone (I don't know who - either a resident or a business) complained.

I got a pre-production menu (the Mom & Pop also own the liquor store on the corner). The opening menu is short and is all seafood (baked, broiled, or fried) except for salad and french fries. Items average around $13. It doesn't specify if delivery is available but it couldn't hurt to ask (617-623-0003).

This is a bigger deal for me than you. I live around the corner and my bachelor eating options have been limited since <a href=" Urban Gourmet</a> burned down. Urban still isn't rebuilt 9 months later but there are occasional bursts of contractor activity.

I'll post a followup after I order dinner but I wanted to give everyone a [last minute] chance to get in on opening day.

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  1. Just checked in with them about 10 minutes ago. No delivery options yet. They are, as you mention, planning on expanding into a seated option as well as offering delivery at some point.

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      1. I tried Pescatore tonight. After walking by twice thinking it was part of the liquor store, I finally figured out that it was there. They have a menu typical of a beach shack--kind of interesting to see it in Ball Square!

        To start, I tried a box of calamari. Tender squid, nice and crispy, but way under-seasoned (or perhaps, not seasoned at all). I think they need to add some salt somewhere along the line to accent the calamari just a bit. It was served with marinara sauce--cold, slightly watery, but tasty none the less--and tartar sauce, which was a standard rendition and didn't match up too well with the calamari. As a huge bonus, there were some fried onion strings at the bottom of the box, which were ultra tasty, adding a much-needed hit of saltiness and sweetness. A touch of salt and some work on the marinara and they'll have these totally nailed.

        I followed the calamari with a lobster roll--which I've been seriously craving recently--with a side of onion rings. The rings were standard frozen variety, but good. Crispy, tasty a bit too heavily battered. The onion strings at the bottom of the calamari box were much better. The lobster roll was served on an untoasted hot dog bun with a piece of romaine lettuce. The lobster, according to the menu, was supposed to have a "special sauce." I'm not sure what this is, as there wasn't much of it. A very thin layer of what I think was mayo, and lots of finely chopped chives clinging to the chunks of meat. The meat was fairly tasty, if perhaps a tiny bit on the overcooked side. The sauce/chives did nothing for me. I also found a chunk of shell in there, but luckily I caught it before crunching down. All in all, a tasty but not especially memorable lobster roll. At $15.95, I don't think I'll repeat. A buttered, grilled bun would have seriously upped the flavor and quality quotient.

        Not at all a bad first try. I'll definitely return for the fried items. Maybe not for the lobster roll. Seems like a great place, and I hope they stay in business. During the 10 minutes I was there waiting for my food the phone rang only twice: Once was a hangup, and the second time was someone asking if they served chicken parm. We can only pray that they don't bend to the pressure and go down that well-traveled yet ugly road.

        1. I also live right around the corner, and I noticed yesterday that they now have their dining room open -- the seating permit must have gone through. Also, the Somerville News reported that the owners just got community approval for a liquor license.

          So far I've had the box of assorted fried seafood, which was quite satisfying (came with tartar sauce), not overbattered, nice and crispy, and the fish cakes, which I really liked. We'll be going back for those soon, I think, and to try some of the other non-fried fish dishes.

          It's maddening to walk by there around dinnertime and smell the fried fish!

          158 Boston Ave, Somerville, MA 02144

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          1. re: houlette

            Yikes, ignore that place link. Pescatore is at the corner of Rogers and Boston Ave in *Somerville*, not Lowell.

            1. re: houlette

              Got takeout from Pescatore's last night. It was excellent! I planned to order a non-fried seafood entree, however the woman I got on the phone told me that the veal special was pretty fantastic and she was correct. Veal marsala, super tender and nicely seasoned, served over homemade butternut squash ravioli. Ravs were toothy and dense with rich tasting squash. Salty ham and sweet carmalization on the mushrooms. Hubby had steak tips (surprise, surprise) and said they were the best in the area - and that's behind Bob's and LaCascia's. Nice sides of spinach and garlic mashed. Potatoes looked great and I couldn't get a bite! Even the bread they sent along was lovely served with a basil infused oil. I'm so pleased that this place is so good. A tad expensive for take out, but given the options in the neighborhood, I'm happy to have a real "Meal" option. Apparently they do have a dining room now. Anyone know if there is beer/wine or is byob a possibility? (I'm sure it will be mostly takout for us anyhow).

              1. re: vanna f.k.a. babette

                I do! Short version: they are trying to get a liquor license, but it's dry for the moment.

                Long version: they're trying to buy a liquor license, which has been met with some concern in the neighborhood. They've held two neighborhood meetings (several next-door neighbors were on vacation in the first meeting, so they had another) and seem to have assuaged fears well. Now they're waiting on the City to authorize it, which has been postponed once for reasons I do not know. At this point, Anna just shrugs when I ask about it.

                ObFood: I had the veal tonight, and it's the best I've had there. I'm trying to work my way through the entire menu (except for shellfish), and I'm happy with the place, and with them. Also, I just found out that their sorbet is made from scratch, which I hadn't expected! Current flavors are strawberry and peach; I had the strawberry (Anna says "you gotta use seasonal fruit!") and it was sensational. I'd been looking for an excuse to use the phrase "hidden gem" and that sorbet is it!

                1. re: vanna f.k.a. babette

                  Oh cool ... thanks for the report on this place. Drove by several times over the weekend and I was wondering why there were no crowds, no lines.... I need to eat here soon.

                  1. re: vanna f.k.a. babette

                    We went back to Pescatore's Sunday night to try the non-fried-fish options, and I'm happy to say it was great. I had the excellent haddock paisano, which was broiled with cherry tomatoes and a garlic white wine sauce, and came with tasty sides of sauteed spinach and roasted potatoes. My wife had the fusilli amalfi, a very generous portion of good homemade fusilli topped with a fresh tomato sauce and scallops, crab meat, and shrimp. Dessert was a homemade strawberry ice cream and chocolate mousse. It was an all-around great home-cooked meal. The only thing that could have made it better was a glass of wine to go with it. They said they hoped to have the liquor license in about a month.

                    This place is so good, and so close, that I really hope it survives. They need to get a big sign up facing Broadway so more people will notice it.

                2. Just finished a special of sauteed haddock with tomato, spinach, onion, garlic, served with (real) mashed potatoes. Excellent home cooking, indeed. Something like $13.50 (I got takeout). Reasonable portion--I *could* have saved some for lunch but I didn't, and that's ok. I wouldn't say it's cheap, but quite reasonable for the quality and quantity. Other specials listed over the phone included a whole roast sea bream ($18).

                  Noticed a variety of simple grilled vegetable sides in the front case--peppers, carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, potatoes, something else. You can get a plateful of whatever or a combo for $4. I can really see stopping by for an assortment to go with my home-cooked chop or whatever.

                  Seating is cool-looking small square (modular, I assume) tables with stools, not sure how comfortable they would be. Very small storefront but nicely done. Rapid Italian being spoken.

                  Advantage of takeout is I could wash it down with a very nice Greek white from Ball Sq. Liquors (Megapanos Savatiano, 2004, $11). I heard details of their big annual tasting next Saturday, sorry I'll be away.

                  Don't know what the beef with parking would be, if you just go up Broadway toward Magoun (up on/over the bridge) there's usually plenty. Since the Places link doesn't work right: open Sat-Mon 4-10, Tues-Fri 11-10.

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                  1. re: Aromatherapy

                    Anyone know if byob is an option here whille they are sans liquor license?

                    1. re: vanna f.k.a. babette

                      They didn't suggest it when I talked to them the other day, and since they also own the adjacent liquor store, I would think they would have. :)

                      1. re: vanna f.k.a. babette

                        Sadly, no. I even asked about putting "ginger ale" in paper cups, but they noted that since they're looking for the liquor license, they must mind the Ps and Qs while they wait. But you can bet that it'll be my go-to don't-wanna-cook meal when they do!