When my friends were studying abroad in Italy, all I would hear about was Aperitivo. It's basically Italian happy hour. You go to a restaurant or bar, order a drink, and snack on complementary appetizers. Aperitivo is the perfect quick meal before a night out and a great spot to meet up with a friend for a drink and a bite. Why doesn't that exist in the US? Especially in the anti-happy hour city that is Boston...free apps just don't happen. Until now!
Pigalle is now offering its own version of Aperitivo: Pigalle's Petits Plats du Jour. Starting last week, chef Marc Orfaly will be serving up appetizers and small bites every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5-7 pm at the bar.
The menu changes daily but the mini beef shortrib arancini with fontina cheese have made more than one appearance so far. Pigalle is traditionally French, but Chef Orfaly has been experimenting with everything from Asian-style steamed baobuns to beef sliders. Last Tuesday the menu included crispy BBQ duck buns served with hoison sauce and house made pickles, and po boy slider buns served with fried oyster, sous vide pork belly and kim chee slaw.
If you decide to stay at Pigalle for dinner (and i'll be honest, you probably should, the food is ridiculous), the recent additions to the winter menu are great to share for a small pre-theater meal. The appetizers pictured above include an artichoke terrine made with braised artichoke and artichoke mousse, served with crispy goat cheese and a black truffle vinaigrette. The tuna tartare is layered with avocado, roasted yellow peppers and served with a tangerine soy dressing.
The seasonal winter cocktails are a great pairing with the small plates. My personal favorite, Rosemary's Baby, is made with a house infused rosemary bourbon. All the winter cocktails have a distinct warming spice, but still taste light and refreshing.
EntrĂ©es include lobster ravioli made with lobster bisque, pea tendrils and seared lobster and a tenderloin, which is is served with braised artichoke wienerschnitzel topped with toasted panko breadcrumbs.
Yea...It's safe to say that Pigalle is on top of its game right now.
75 Charles St. South
Boston, MA 02116
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About the authors
Michelle Zippelli is a Boston based hedonist who is committed to finding the best food that Boston has to offer. She has lived in Boston for 6 years and works in online marketing. Michelle loves meatballs, live music, exotic cheeses, Mexican food, spur of the moment dance parties, and all things pickled.
Jacki Morisi is a self-proclaimed bon vivant extraordinaire. A Boston native whose waking hours are exclusively focused on travel, music, food, and fare ... emphasis on food and fare. She's a firm believer that just because you're living on a young professional's budget doesn't mean you have to sacrifice taste, and carries this mantra into each and every dining endeavor.