Bar to Bar Through Beantown
“The vibe here is classy, defnitely a modern Italian restaurant.”
Neighborhood: Theatre District
Address: 545 Washington Street
Date of Visit: Sunday, November 13, 2011
Server Name: Unknown
We came to Salvatore’s with a group of friends to celebrate Eric’s birthday after Valerie found them online. Salvatore’s has a Seaport/Waterfront location, but the Theatre District restaurant is newly opened. The vibe here is classy, defnitely a modern Italian restaurant. The bar spans the whole of one wall, with high top seating in clean-lined metal chairs. There is an open air kitchen in the back, and the remainder of the space is filled with booths and open tables. We were seated at a high top aluminum table by the bar which had a good view of the whole place (also, they were good about taking a reservation for a large group!). The lighting here was really interesting, with pin lights on the ceiling and an underlit bar area. The space is small but cozy – it got fairly busy when we were there and wasn’t overly loud. The only strange part about the restaurant was that the bathrooms are down a floor via elevator, otherwise, Salvatore’s was a welcome change from the usual dark and drab often found in other staples within the Italian restaurant offerings in Boston.
Valerie’s Drink of Choice: Signature Martini
Ingredients: Smirnoff pomegranate, pomegranate liqueur with a splash of cranberry, sour mix and strawberry puree
Review: This drink reminded me a lot of one of my favorite drinks, a Cape Codder (for those of you who are not New England natives, that’s a cranberry-vodka), which was interesting because there wasn’t much cranberry in it! It was sweet, almost in the way of a spiked fruit punch, and definitely had a kick at the end. I couldn’t taste the sour mix much – maybe a splash more would have balanced this drink out slightly better. Nevertheless, it was very good!
Eric’s Drink of Choice: Purple Haze
Ingredients: Hendrick’s Gin, Chambord and a splash of pineapple juice
Review: I was intrigued by this cocktail and the blend of flavors promised within the menu, alas, I was a bit disappointed but still enjoyed my birthday cocktail nonetheless. The Chambord was much too overwhelemed by the gin, which was unfortunate because on first sip I could tell that the light Hendrick’s would have paired quite nicely with the raspberry flavor and creamy texture of the Chambord. The pineapple juice and gin provided a unique flavor reminiscent of tropical drinks from reviews past, but again, the gin was just too overwhelming within the cocktail, an a touch more Chambord would have been appreciated and improved the balance in the drink (1/4 an ounce less Hendrick’s replaced with Chambord, or, if they’re looking to save a bit of cash, even supplementing it with more pineapple or a blue curacao float would have done the trick).
A quick note about the wine we also ordered…it took about 15 minutes into the dinner service for the wine that we ordered with dinner to come out. This fact, coupled with the strong pours the server provided, made splitting the bottle among the four of us quite difficult.
Wine Prices: Lots of red and white 7 oz. glass offerings from $5 to $10 each as well as bottled from $22 to $72. The full wine list is available here. We had a bottle of the Fondo Filara Pinot Noir and it was delicious!
Beer Prices: Salvatore’s has eight beers on tap and ten beers by the bottle. No prices were listed on the menu!
Other: All of Salvatore’s mixed drinks on the menu run for $9. They have a Martini list with eight concoctions including the two above, as well as a Biscotti Martini, and a “Chocolate Monkey.” There is also a Cocktail list of seven other beverages such as their red sangria, a margarita, a mai tai and a mojito.