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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.

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Try These Warm Dishes This Fall

Fall is in full swing which means cozy nights by the fireplace, as many lattes as you can drink, and tasty new dishes at all of your favorite restaurants. At Strega Waterfront we have a variety of dishes on our menu to warm you up on even the windiest fall days. These are a few of our favorites that you need to check out next time you come in to grab a bite to eat.

Pasta Dishes

Pasta is the perfect meal to fill you up and compliment your taste buds all at the same time. We’ve stepped outside the box with some of our pasta dishes to bring you exciting new tastes for fall.

Pappardelle Bolognese 33 – this pasta dish is filled with tender chopped filet mignon, San Marzano, and tomato sauce.

Fettucini Strega ‘The Original’ 34 – this fettuccini is a classic on the Strega menu, but there’s no better time to enjoy it than fall! Filled with jumbo shrimp, baby spinach, scallops and topped with our signature creamy Strega sauce, there’s no doubt you’ll be coming back for more.

Prime Cut Steaks

Strega Waterfront is known for our tender and flavorful steaks served with the perfect sauce and wine. A prime cut steak served with warm, delicious sides is the perfect way to warm up after a fall day.

Bone-in Ribeye 56 – our ribeye is one of our most flavorful cuts of steak, packed full of fatty marbling throughout to give it a naturally robust taste. This steak is served with rosemary-garlic roasted potatoes, grilled asparagus, and caramelized onions to make a meal you’ll never forget.

Bone-in Filet 59 – this bone-in filet is coffee encrusted and served with a delicate tequila sauce to create a truly one of a kind flavor. We serve this steak with a shrimp and asparagus risotto to make the meal even more decadent.

Stuffed Veal Chop 58 – our Stuffed Veal Chop is served with Prosciutto Di Parma, Fontina, Sautéed Spinach, and Sauteed Roasted Potatoes.

We have a variety of wines to pair with each of these dishes, as well as every other dish on the menu, to create the perfect balance and body filled plate you need this fall. If you aren’t sure which new dish is right for you, talk to one of our expert servers about some of their fall favorites and recommendations.

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Ingredients for the Perfect Summer Cocktails

Summertime and the livin’ is easy, indeed! There’s something about sipping a cocktail on a warm summer night that brings bliss to the end of a hectic day. A refreshing cocktail can consist of a number of tasty ingredients from blueberries and lemons to mint and orange bitters.  Our patio or indoor bar are both ideal spots for imbibing or, if you’re feeling like more of a homebody tonight, you can take a cue from us and try these great, unexpected ingredients to create the perfect summer cocktails without leaving your bar cart.

Arugula – Typically thought of as a salad ingredient, slightly-spicy arugula is the ideal companion to gin. Try muddling it to make a unique, summertime gimlet. This is sure to be a crowd pleaser next time you host friends and family, so keep it on tap to impress everyone you know.

Honey – Honey is a summer staple that pairs well with all kinds of dark liquors. Drizzle it in bourbon or whiskey for the perfect bonfire drink or add a spoonful to straight rum for a delicious beachside cocktail. Pro tip: a lemon garnish works well with any of these concoctions!

Blackberries – Mix up a traditional Tom Collins by adding blackberries. They’re the epitome of summertime and they add a nice kick to the gin base. If you’re short on blackberries, you can substitute blueberries or even raspberries in a pinch.

Strawberries – A fair number of people would argue that rosé is already summer in a bottle, but you can take things up a notch by adding strawberries to the wine you’ve already got on-hand. Place sliced strawberries in a rosé and seltzer mixture and you’ll be in summer drink heaven in no time.

Jalapeno peppers – Tired of conventional margaritas? Spice things up by adding diced jalapeno peppers to your pitcher. This makes for a surprisingly refreshing drink and it pairs perfectly with Mexican food at home! If jalapeno alone is a little too much for you, temper the heat by adding a few cucumber slices as well.

Orange slices – If you’re not a cocktail kind of guy (or gal), adding orange slices to almost any light beer is a great way to make it feel more like summertime and less like football season at your local stadium. Just make sure you give the orange slices at least fifteen minutes to work their magic and disperse flavor throughout your drink.

These are just a few unique ingredients that can be used to make amazing summer cocktails. The bartending staff at Strega Waterfront would be thrilled to meet you and make one of the drinks suggested here or anything else your heart desires. Take a peek at our summer drink list to take advantage of limited-time offers before fall arrives!

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Reasons to Dine On Our Patio This Summer

When the weather warms up, there’s just nothing quite as good as dining al fresco. Warm summer nights lend themselves to fun evenings out enjoying the best food and drinks Boston has to offer. With an incredible view and unrivaled service, our patio is truly exceptional. Just in case you need more convincing, though, here are the top five reasons you should dine on our patio this summer:

 

  1. A specialty menu – In honor of summertime, we’re offering a special outdoor menu that you can’t access any other time of year. If you want to try some of the best seafood and Italian dishes, along with lighter options and signature cocktails, head outside and dig into our al fresco lunch specials.

 

  1. Surrounded by the serene Boston Harbor – While many restaurants in the city offer outdoor seating, they’re often accompanied by unsightly views. At Strega Waterfront, watch as the calming sea ebbs and flows while visitors and residents set sail for open waters. You’ll feel like you’re miles away from Boston, in your own oasis while of course, indulging in a delicious dish.

 

  1.  You’ll be able to slow down – There’s something about eating outside that makes it easier to put down your phone and take in your surroundings. Spending an evening on our patio, savoring a delicious meal, is a surefire way to recharge without even leaving town.

 

  1. A new meaning to date night – We know the hustle and bustle of the city life can be daunting throughout the week. With all the commotion of the city, your relationship with your special someone can get shoved to the back burner all too easily. Scheduling a reservation on our patio takes the effort out of planning a date night. All you have to do is show up, and our staff (and the ambiance) will take care of the rest.

 

  1. Make everlasting memories – We strive to make sure every guest who visits us has a memorable experience. This is only enhanced when you choose to spend your afternoon or evening on our patio. When the chill of winter returns, you’ll always have your special memories of summertime to get you through those cold winter months.

 

Strega Waterfront is one of Boston’s premier purveyors of seafood and Italian fare. Our patio is one of our best features, and we can’t wait to share it with you all summer long! Whether you’re a new patron or a long-time diner, we look forward to serving you soon, and we hope you’ll continue to visit Strega Waterfront all year round for many years to come.

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Can’t Miss Seafood Dishes at Strega Waterfront

At Strega Waterfront, great seafood is our hallmark and our passion. We believe that an incredible meal can be the beginning of an incredible memory, so every day we strive to serve our patrons food that they will never forget. As you read this guide, you’ll learn about some of our signature seafood dishes. We hope you’ll join us to give one of them a try soon.

Seafood Oreganata

If you can’t join us for dinner, we urge you to try our lunchtime seafood fare, including our delectable Seafood Oreganata. One of our most impressive mid-day offerings, this dish includes grilled shrimp, scallops, calamari, swordfish over arugula with a lemon garlic sauce.

Faroe Island Salmon

Another excellent lunch offering is our Faroe Island Salmon. This dish features fresh-caught salmon served with Sicilian sweet & sour glaze and purple mashed potatoes. It is a relatively light dish that is ideal for an everyday occasion or a meal you want to remember for years to come.

Steamed Mussels

Our fresh mussels are steamed in beer broth, adding a unique twist to a classic evening appetizer. Your mussels will be brought to your table topped with peppercorn and served alongside grilled Tuscan bread. This dish is the ideal way to start your evening with us at Strega Waterfront.

Shrimp and Pineapple

Our Shrimp and Pineapple appetizer is a one-of-a-kind pre-dinner dish that is sure to please your palate with an eruption of summertime flavors. Topped with prosciutto de parma, grilled pineapples, and steeped in a balsamic glaze, you’ve never had shrimp like this before.

Lobster Ravioli

One of our most decadent dinner options is our Lobster Ravioli, featuring Maine lobster meat, fresh crab meat, and handmade ravioli tossed in a sherry pink sauce. You can’t go wrong with this indulgent seafood dish and it just may become an all-time favorite.

“Boston’s Best” Sea Bass

The crown jewel of our seafood offerings is our Sea Bass, dubbed “Boston’s Best.” Whether you’re a local or just passing through Boston’s Seaport District, we don’t want you to miss this incredible meal. Featuring Yuka gnocchi pasta with cherry tomatoes and a white wine reduction sauce, our “Boston’s Best” Sea Bass is truly a treat for the senses.

The team at Strega Waterfront is thrilled to bring you all these dishes, but they are just a small sampling of choices we have to suit even the most discerning patrons. To view our full lunch, dinner, and drink menus, please browse our website or stop by our physical location.