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5 New Places to Eat in Boston This Weekend

From gourmet grilled cheese to Neapolitan street food
May 29, 2014
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by Scott Kearnan

il Casale Cucina Campana + Bar. Make like Paul Revere and ride to Lexington for chef Dante de Magistris' latest, a sibling to the five-year old Belmont original. The 138-seat newcomer, which opened last night, focuses on cuisine from Southern Italy, the region from which de Magistris' family hails. "My family comes from the village of Candida, which is nestled in the lush hills and valleys of the Irpinia region of Campania," says de Magistris' in an opening announcement. "This is a place where recipes survive only by word of mouth or at best are scratched on distressed pieces of paper tucked between the pages of a bible or old phone book." Luckily he deciphered those scribbles to reveal family recipes for baked pasta, seafood dishes, and most intriguingly, Neapolitan street food like mozzarella in carroza (pan fried roasted ham & cheese, tomato basil salad), panzarotti (smoked scamorza stuffed potato croquette, roasted red pepper sauce), and zeppole di baccala (salt cod fritters, salsa russa). 1727 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington; 781-538-5846.

McCabe's on Mass. Behold the new Porter Square sibling to Union Square's Bull McCabe's. Instead of that spot's emphasis on pub grub and live music, McCabe's on Mass is seems to be a slightly glossier eatery with a focus of internationally-inspired small plates. 2046 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge; 617-868-1555

Roxy's Gourmet Grilled Cheese. Last weekend doors opened on the first brick-and-mortar version of the food truck favorite (pictured), offering a fixed spot to get your fix for gooey grilled cheese. (Like the stellar Mighty Rib Melt, which happens to be on our bucket list of must-try summer items.) But this physical location will also boast a newly launched burger menu. You can check it out (and feast your eyes on the interior) at our First Look here. 485 Cambridge St., Allston

SA PA. Last week saw the opening of Vietnamese fast-casual SA PA in Cleveland Circle, a spin-off of the Downtown location, which opened last year. Saigon native Ky Nguyen (who also owns Kingston Station) fills the cheery blue walls of this 50-seat restaurant with family photos, and his egg rolls are even made using his mom's recipe. But the menu also puts modern spins on traditional fare like 24-hour simmered pho noodle soup (beef pho seen here), banh mi bowls and burritos, and more. Bonus: a beer and wine license. 1952 Beacon St., Brighton; 617-303-1000

Wow Barbecue. Another food truck-turned-brick and mortar, Wow Barbecue is now open in Malden. Though it's still in a soft open phase (an official opening comes June 2, according to Boston Restaurant Talk), you can now swing by to nosh on wow-worthy Chinese-style lamb skewers, chicken wings and more. 184 Salem St., Malden

5 new places
5 new places to eat this weekend