Most memorable dishes of 2010
Michele McDonald for The Boston Globe
Bergamot was one of the best new restaurants of the year, and it offered plenty of dishes to love. There were plantain gnocchi, the on-the-plate equivalent of Columbus coming to the New World. There were sardines with peas, potatoes, and egg yolk, the fish so fresh, so mild, so hard to come by that chef Keith Pooler eventually had to substitute mackerel. (Sniff!) There was the lobster melt at the bar, gooey and buttery. But the dish I want to eat again and again is the pea green salad. The tendrils are interwoven with fresh peas, Berkshire ham, and Pecorino, dressed in truffle vinaigrette. Then they’re topped with a fried egg coated in crisp panko. There’s crunch and salt and fat to coat the tongue, set off by the light, springlike greens. 118 Beacon St., Somerville. 617-576-7700. www.bergamotrestaurant.com.