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Most Popular Italian Appetizers Perfect for Sharing

In Italian dinners and formal eating situations, there is no checking the clock or a watch. The experience takes its time, allowing everyone to fully embrace the food in front of them. This means starting with an appetizer, or an antipasto. An important part of an Italian meal, whether it be a light lunch with smaller courses or a heartier dinner with full-bodied entrees around every corner. When it comes to appetizers, these are the most popular dishes for sharing at the table to start a very memorable evening off right.

Fried Calamari

It’s hard to talk about Italian appetizers without starting with fried calamari. The variation of this delicacy is found in almost all seafood-centric areas of the world. The calamari is lightly battered and fried it to a golden crisp. To complement the unique flavor, enjoy pepperoncini, lemon, garlic aioli accents, and an arrabbiata dipping sauce.

House Antipasto

In a traditional Italian meal, every formal food event starts with an antipasto, meaning the first course. Our antipasto comes with Italian capicola, prosciutto di parma, soppressata, pecorino Sardo, grilled artichoke, and roasted peppers. To get the evening started, it’s a great way to prepare your palate for all the flavors to come.

Lobster Arancini

An Italian street-food classic really gets a unique and elegant twist with our special lobster filling. and is perfect to start an evening of delicious Italian flavor is served with arborio rice, spring peas, and a spicy aioli sauce.

Scallops Grand Marinier

Perfectly seared scallops are hard to beat, whether it’s an entree or appetizer. In this starter dish, deep-sea scallops are sautéed with grand marnier reduction sauce. The flavors of the orange and buttery zest become slightly syrupy during preparation. This makes each scallop thick with flavor and juices, and often lead to reaching for more.

Shrimp and Pineapple

People debate whether or not pineapple should go on pizza, but nobody thinks twice about pairing shrimp and pineapple once they’ve tasted it. With grilled jumbo shrimp, wrapped with prosciutto di parma, a balsamic glaze, and grilled pineapples, the light flavors of everything in this appetizer work so well together you might need to order two for the table.

Come for lunch or dinner to Strega Waterfront – Seaport’s best-renowned Italian restaurant to enjoy these amazing appetizers, all in view of the water right outside the window. 

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Our Favorite Seafood Entrees

While some say red meat-based dishes are a staple of Italian dishes, there is a whole world to be discovered with Italian seafood. Between ocean-fresh fish, unforgettable lobster, and all the Italian ingredients that make up the best traditional dishes, there’s something for everyone. Our favorite seafood entrees feel like a trip around Italy’s coast, so let’s talk about dishes you need to try.

Lobster Fra Diavolo

Lobster is a delicious focus for any dish, and in this dish, it’s paired with angel hair pasta and a San Marzano tomato sauce. With a hearty sauce and the light, always expertly cooked lobster, the flavors match perfectly for an elegant yet comforting entree.


Native to southern Europe and North Africa, branzino is an ocean-going fish. We serve this season favorite with cured lemon, garlic, Vidalia onions, rosemary, and roasted potatoes. 

Sea Bass

Served with yuka gnocchi and accented by cherry tomatoes and a white wine reduction sauce, sea bass is an Italian staple. With a prime catching season close to 6 months, it’s often available, and always a great choice!

Faroe Island Salmon

Our Faroe Island Salmon is lightly pan-seared with our Sicilian sweet and sour glaze to bring out the natural bright flavors of the salmon. Add mashed potatoes to the side, and you have a heart-healthy Italian dinner.

Seafood Oreganata

Oregenata is a way of serving seafood coated in light breadcrumbs, olive oil, oregano, and butter. Combining grilled shrimp, scallops, calamari, and swordfish over arugula with a lemon garlic sauce, each and every seafood favorite is in this dish. It’s a wonderful way to get a little bit of everything!

Roasted Halibut

Served with artichokes, wild mushrooms, and garlic mashed potatoes, roasted halibut rounds out our favorites list. Between the savory side flavors and roasted, full-bodied flavor of the halibut, you can’t go wrong with this Italian classic. 

With a waterfront view and all of these delicious seafood options on the menu, we hope to see you for lunch, dinner, and every Italian seafood craving you might have! Make a reservation at Strega Waterfront today!

Pair an Entrée with Our Specialty Cocktails

At Strega Waterfront we have an extensive list of handmade specialty cocktails to choose from. It may be more traditional to pair your entrée with a glass of wine, but why not try something new and pair your favorite dish with a cocktail? Save the wine for appetizers and desserts and add a little variety to the main course with one of our favorite cocktails. 

Pick Me Up 

The pick me up features belvedere, pimm’s no. 1, lemon juice, ginger beer, and cucumber for a flavor that will awaken your taste buds. The perfect way to start and enjoy any of our entrees. 

Apple of My Eye 

If you’re looking for a subtly sweet addition to your meal, look no further. Apple of my eye includes absolute elyx, apple puree, lemon juice, honey simple syrup, and st. George spiced pear liqueur for a taste unlike any other. 

Irish Fizz 

Enjoy this drink as you overlook the waterfront and you’ll know that despite the name, you couldn’t be further from Ireland! Jameson ipa, lemon juice, mango puree, angostura bitters, and ginger beer blend together for a flavor combination you’ll never forget. Topped with an orange slice for the perfect citrus addition. 

The Prickly Pete 

The name says it all for this cocktail. Be prepared for a bit of a kick as you sip the drink made of casamigos blanco, thatchers prickly pear liquor, Cointreau, and lime juice. We top it off with a pear slice to balance out the prickly flavor. 

Dirty Vesper

If you enjoy a nice gin, the dirty vesper is for you. Tanqueray, absolute, olive juice, and blue cheese olives create a savory drink to pair with a lighter entrée perfectly. 

Manny’s Revenge 

Captain Morgan grapefruit, goya guava nectar, lime juice, and club soda go together to create a drink we like to call Manny’s Revenge. Despite the harsh name, you’re sure to fall in love with this cocktail. 

No matter what taste you’re looking for, one of our specialty cocktails is sure to be the right fit. Our menu is filled with a variety of seafood, veal, beef, and more for you to choose from. Pair your entrée and cocktail with one of our hand-crafted side dishes to complete your plate. Don’t forget to finish the night off with a dessert while you stare at the oceanfront view! 

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Dine by The Water for A Romantic Evening

Finding new ways to spice up date night is difficult. If you feel like you’ve tried everything in the book and are out of original ideas, look no further. Dining by the water is the perfect way to impress your date and create a memory that lasts a lifetime. Keep reading to find out why Strega Waterfront is the perfect destination for your waterfront date night.

The Perfect Location

Strega Waterfront is located on Fan Pier in Boston. The breathtaking seaport district is filled with sights to see and activities to enjoy if you want your romantic evening to continue after the meal is over. The atmosphere is truly one of a kind. Dining by the water is a unique experience that is sure to impress, whether it’s your first date or your 50th. Although going out to dinner may be nothing new, the experience at Strega Waterfront is sure to be a one of a kind experience.

A Meal to Match the View

There’s a reason why Strega Waterfront is a regular stop for celebrities and food critics alike. You can enjoy an endless selection of meals, all made from scratch with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Seafood options are available to tie the dining experience and the view together seamlessly. Even if you opt for a meal that doesn’t include seafood, every dish at Strega Waterfront is an unforgettable authentic Italian cuisine experience like no other. We have an extensive wine list and cocktails available to choose from as well. Speak with your server to learn which wine will pair the best with your meal.

A Wonderful Interior

The exterior of Strega Waterfront speaks for itself thanks to the views, but the interior is breathtaking as well. Strega has become known for its unique décor in each of the establishments and Waterfront is no different. Private dining options are available upon request or make a reservation for the best seat in the house. We have to warn you though, you might have to plan this date night a little bit in advance because reservations are in such high demand! We promise the wait will be worth it!

Visit the Strega Waterfront site here to view the menu, make a reservation, and learn more about everything we have to offer for your waterfront night out.

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Core Differences Between White and Red Pasta Sauces

Any pasta lover knows that pasta dishes are typically served with either a white or red sauce, but do you know what the differences between the two are? Understanding the differences between a white and red sauce will help you learn which sauce goes best with which type of dish, as well as what sauce appeals most to your individual taste. At Strega Waterfront we aim to find a dish that every guest will love, but it’s much easier to do that when you know which kind of sauce you prefer. Let’s take a closer look at some of the core differences between white and red pasta sauces.

White Sauce Pasta Dishes

White sauce is typically much creamier than red sauce. This creamy texture can be credited to the main ingredients: cream, milk, flour, and cheeses. White sauces are typically much thicker than red sauces, so they’re usually served with leaner meats such as chicken or shrimp. The thickness of this sauce does come with a much higher calorie count, but the flavor and irresistibly creamy texture makes it worth it. Most people don’t order pasta for the health value, but if you’re worried about the high-calorie count, at least you know the milk and cheese gives this sauce a high protein and calcium content! White sauce is best served with long and skinny pasta or shell pasta.

Red Sauce Pasta Dishes

Red sauces are often thought of as the more traditional Italian sauce thanks to their spicy tomato filled flavor. The main ingredients used in every red sauce include tomatoes, red chili peppers, garlic, and olive oil. There are many variations of the classic red Italian sauce that feature a variety of ingredients, but they all hold a similar texture from the tomatoes. This sauce is healthier than white sauces, so it may be served with heartier meats including steak and veal. The best pasta to serve with a red sauce includes long ribbon pasta and tube pasta, such as penne and rigatoni.

At Strega Waterfront, we have a large variety of pasta dishes to choose from. We serve excellent white and red sauces, depending on the dish of course. Our servers can help you decide which of our large variety of wines will best compliment the sauce and meat featured in the dish of your choice.