|Sunday Suppers at Area Four|
|Features - Chefs and Restaurants|
|Written by Michelle Lahey|
Local, sustainable, organic food – most of it cooked in a wood-fired oven. That’s what you’ll find at Area Four in Kendall Square.
Area Four is one of the newer additions to Technology Square in Cambridge – in the neighborhood of Area IV – and it has been impressing patrons since the day it opened its doors. Serving everything from quality baked goods and coffee to local beer and salads, it’s hard to walk into Area Four and not find something that intrigues your taste buds. Oh, and 90% of their menu items are cooked in their custom-built, wood-fired ovens.
Local in Season had the honor of visiting Area Four to try their brand new Sunday dinner menu (we visited the same day the new menu launched). Served every Sunday from 2:30 – 9 p.m., the Sunday menu features wood-fired pizzas, sharable salads and starters, as well as sustainable wines and local brews, to name a few. (Side note: Area Four showcases Boston’s first sustainable wine program).
Starters and salads on the Sunday dinner menu include Garlic Knots, Mussels and City Growers Mixed Greens. We opted for the Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad, made with red onion, Pecorino cheese, peppered pistachios and lemon vinaigrette. The salad came to our table within minutes, and every bite was packed with fresh, delightfully unique flavors and complementary textures. The rest of the flavors blended so well together that the Pecorino was almost unnecessary, although it did add a nice saltiness to the dish.
Area Four’s Sunday menu also includes a slew of innovative pizzas, included Caramelized Onion & Gorgonzola, Wellfleet Cherrystone Clam & Bacon, and Fennel Sausage & Pickled Banana Peppers. After asking our waitress’s opinion, she sold us on the Mushroom & Fontina pie, made with mushroom sauce instead of the traditional tomato sauce. This pizza also had a bit of fresh lemon flavor throughout, which added a delightfully interesting taste to each bite.
To ensure we washed down our meals accordingly, we also enjoyed some local beers on tap, including Slumbrew’s Happy Sol and Harpoon’s El Triunfo Coffee Porter. All draft beers are available in a 9 ounce, 16 ounce or 64 ounce pour.
Between the quality food, fantastic seasonal flavors, and knowledgeable service, it’s clear that a lot of thought and creativity went into Area Four’s new Sunday dinner menu. I’m eager to go back and try that Caramelized Onion & Gorgonzola pizza!