Bar to Bar Through Beantown
“Our bartender was fabulous; she was super conversational and very knowledgeable about the menu, even saying she helped create the seasonal menu.”
Neighborhood: Back Bay
Address: 79 Park Plaza
Date of Visit: Saturday, November 12, 2011
Bartender Name: Erin
Via Matta is a pleasant change from the traditional Boston Italian restaurant. A large, open floor plan sits to the right of the smaller bar area, which still seems intimate despite the size. To the left of the entrance there is a smaller and much more intimate bar/dining area, and the bathroom sits down a set of stairs near the kitchen. The lighting was soft and cozy, and the bar only has one small TV. The seats were comfortable and would have allowed us to sit for hours chatting and sipping delicious cocktails. While we didn’t indulge in any food (other than the delicious dessert below), it looked amazing! They have a bar menu that goes later than the dining room (aka you can get food until 11pm). Our bartender was fabulous; she was super conversational and very knowledgeable about the menu, even saying she helped create the seasonal menu.
Valerie’s Drink of Choice: Fiore Rosa
Ingredients: Kettle One Vodka, prosecco, cranberry, mint
Review: Fiore Rosa, translated literally from Italian, means blooming rose, which is actually what this drink looked like! The whole cranberries complemented the light pink drink, making it festive and giving it a kick of tart (some were a little too tart as I discovered upon eating a few). The drink was perfectly balanced between the sweet prosecco and tangy cranberry & vodka. The bubbles made the martini feel classy and helped it go down quickly. I would definitely recommend it!
Eric’s Drink of Choice: Rootbeer Toronto
Ingredients: Crown Royal, fernet branca, Sassafrass-infused simple syrup & bitters
Review: Rootbeer. That is what this delicious cocktail tasted like, and it was wonderful. The only reason why this wasn’t a five-star drink is because it was so smooth the Crown was just a bit too hidden, lacking the bite I expected. The Sassafrass’ unique flavor was a great surprise, and although I still probably don’t know what fernet branca is or what it tastes like, I think it was delicious!
Wine Prices: Via Matta has a long wine list (available online here). Glasses available for $9 to $18, and bottles starting at $26.
Beer Prices: Six bottled beers are available, including Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout, Menabrea, Rougue Dead Guy Pale Ale, Anchor Steam, Brooklyn Lager, and Miller Lite. These are priced at $6 – $9 each.
Other: Via Matta’s cocktail menu is seasonally based. When we were there they had eight concoctions available, all for $14 each (we’ve been having a hard time lately staying within our $25 budget!). Some of the highlights include the two drinks above, as well as a Cinnamon-Apple Flip, Concord Grape Manhattan, and Pear Sangria.
Perhaps the most fun part of the night was when the dessert below magically appeared at our spot at the bar. Thanks Erin for the early congratulations 😉