Roslindale: Sophia's Grotto
For many, Boston's Roslindale neighborhood already feels like undiscovered country. So consider Sophia's Grotto a hidden gem within a jewel. The intimate Mediterranean eatery has an alleyside patio ringed with greenery.
Must-Order: The rib-sticking Italian menu includes a stellar farfalle al pesto ($15.95), a heaping bowl of butterfly pasta in a thick, creamy pesto sauce laden with pignoli nuts, sun-dried tomatoes and garlic.
Insider Tip: Sophia's also serves a great brunch, including an antipasto ($8.95): herb-garlic sour cream and caper spread with tomatoes, red onions, hard-boiled eggs, herb and nut goat cheese, fresh fruit and toast.
22 Birch St., Roslindale; 617-323-4595