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5 New Places to Eat in Boston This Weekend

Including two popular food trucks that just turned brick-and-mortar
June 5, 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 week, 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 carrozza (pan-fried roasted ham and cheese, tomato basil salad), panzarotti (smoked Scamorza-stuffed potato croquette, roasted red pepper sauce) and zeppole di baccalà (salt cod fritters, salsa rossa). 1727 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington; 781-538-5846

Roxy's Gourmet Grilled Cheese. Doors recently opened to the first brick-and-mortar version of the food truck favorite, offering a fixed spot to satisfy your fix for gooey grilled cheese - like the stellar Mighty Rib Melt, which happens to be one of our must-try summer items. But this location will also feature a newly launched burger menu, which earns it a spot on our list of the Best New Street Food for Summer485 Cambridge St., Allston

Sa Pa. May saw the debut 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) filled 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, banh mi bowls and burritos and more. Bonus: a beer and wine license. 1952 Beacon St., Brighton; 617-303-1000

The Taco TruckLast weekend, this small mobile chain - which serves streets in New York and New Jersey - opened its first New England brick-and-mortar. The Harvard Square outpost is now a set place where you can sate your craving for greatest hits like the pescado taco (pictured), with crispy catfish, red cabbage, pico de gallo, Mexican tartar sauce and chipotle salsa. 83 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge; 857-829-3904

Wow Barbecue. Another food-truck-turned-brick-and-mortar, Wow Barbecue is now serving diners 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 dine on Chinese-style lamb skewers, chicken wings and more. 184 Salem St., Malden

5 new places
5 new places to eat this weekend