MC Spiedo at Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel
Renaissance-inspired, historic Italian cooking is the concept behind this newcomer from Top Chef Masters alums Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier. Every dish in the swank spot has a story, like Leonardo's Salad, composed of ingredients from a shopping list found in da Vinci's notebook. We also love this baked lasagna: handmade egg pasta layered with ricotta, Parmigiano-Reggiano, toasted pine nuts, golden raisins and a rich slow-cooked ragout of beef and pork.
Offers room service? Not from its full menu, but Spiedo's daily-changing pizzas and burrata are both available for in-room dining.
Check-in dates: Be sure to stay all weekend. Last month, MC Spiedo kicked off a Supper Club, Sunday family-style dinners that features three-course wine-paired dinners for $65. Next up: a porchetta-based "main feast" on Sunday, July 13, with accompaniments like tagliatelle Bolognese and pancetta-braised lentils.
606 Congress St.; 617-476-5606