Taste of Roslindale Showcases Culinary Diversity


An area of Boston with a legacy all its own, Roslindale is a community-built neighborhood that just keeps getting better and better. Known for having an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants, it’s become one of the most desirable neighborhoods for young professionals, families and retirees alike. “Roslindale has tremendous support for diversity,” said Jennifer Madar, Board President of Roslindale Village Main Street (RVMS). And she’s right – Roslindale is a microcosm of Boston in terms of ethnic diversity, a distinguishing trait that sets this neighborhood’s food scene apart from the rest of Boston.

According to Christina DiLisio, Executive Director of RVMS, “Roslindale is really dynamic, it’s old and new, modern and old-fashioned where you’ll find family run businesses alongside farm-table eateries.” The 2015 Taste of Roslindale helped shine a spotlight on that fact, offering attendees delectable delights for all tastes. It’s worth noting that the event, in its 8th year, paid special tribute to former Mayor Menino for his support of RVMS throughout the years.

The Taste of Roslindale highlighted some fine establishments and innovative cuisine. A few of my favorites…


Delfino Restaurant offered braised pork arancini with parmesan

Shanti Taste of India with locations in Roslindale and Dorchester wowed attendees with a squash bharta topped with kale pakora.

Boston Cheese Cellar delighted guests with a medley of cheese, olives, and sandwiches to please every palate.

Birch Street Bistro offered a coastal favorite, the crab cake.


Effie’s Kitchen, Roslindale’s newest restaurant, brought us to Greece with stuffed grape leaves, spinach pie and rice pudding.

Redd’s in Rozzie satisfied our savory side with sausage and cheese biscuits served with a smorgasbord of pickled peppers.

A culinary duo, Lester Esser and Laura MacDougall, roasted an entire pig for the event, which made for some delicious BBQ sandwiches.

Attendees also got a first taste of Third Rail, a new restaurant opening up in the Roslindale substation in spring 2016. Chef Chris Douglass of Ashmont Grill and Tavolo fame served up lamb meatballs that were to die for.

We finished the night with farfalle pesto and bolognese from Sophia’s Grotto.

If I hadn’t been so full I would have like to have tried some of the other items being offered. Pleasant Cafe served up pizza and Napper Tandy’s has their signature shepherd’s pie. The dessert table included items from Diane’s Bakery and Fornax Bakery, but I wasn’t quick enough and all the yummy sweet treats were already gone before I got there. There’s always next year!

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Photos courtesy of Del Holston

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