Saturday, April 26, 2014


          I recently had the chance to try Orta restaurant in Pembroke with a group of other bloggers and food writers. I don't often make it down to the south shore, but Orta was definitely worth the trip!
          Orta Ristorante is named for the Lago d’Orta, a glacial lake in the Alp-strewn region of Piedmont, Italy where Chef-Owner Brett Williams trained in tiny trattorie, tasted his first truffles, and proposed to his wife and partner Cara. The location in Pembroke, just a few miles off the highway is the halfway point for Bostonians headed south to Cape Cod. The space is beautiful with an open kitchen and pizza oven, and a warm cozy feel to the dining room.
          We started with several apps to share including:

Orta Arancini / fresh mozzarella / spicy tomato sauce / parsley
Beef Carpaccio / capers / lemon aioli / parmigiano reggiano / petit croutons / baby greens
P.E.I Mussels / leeks / smoked bacon / roasted garlic thyme butter / grilled focaccia
Yellowfin Tuna Tartare / soy ginger reduction / sesame / wasabi aioli / chive cracker
         All of these were excellent but the mussels were my favorite. I loved the flavor of the broth and smoked bacon.

          Next were a few different kinds of pizza; I tried the duck and sausage. Depsite the large entrée I had coming, I couldn't help but eat a second piece of the duck! The sweetness of the cranberry and balsamic paired perfectly with the duck.

Duck Confit Pizza / aged cheddar / dried cranberries / baby arugula / balsamic
Sausage Pizza with / banana peppers / grilled onions / fresh mozzarella
          Surprisingly, everyone at the table ordered a different entrée. Everyone enjoyed their dish and they all looked amazing, but I was definitely happy with my choice: the braised short ribs with gorgonzola mashed.

Braised Veal Meatloaf / crimini mushrooms / onion / creamy whipped potato
Seared Berkshire Pork Chop ‘Milanese’ / lemon / caper / potato puree / asparagus
Braised Beef Short Rib / gorgonzola whipped potato / aromatic red wine sauce / crisp potato
All Natural Grass Fed Sirloin / gorgonzola butter / au gratin potatoes / crispy leeks

          We shared some desserts, and I was only able to take a bite of each. My favorite was definitely the warm pecan pie with caramel and vanilla gelato. 
Mini Black Bottom Cheesecakes / assorted berries / chocolate drizzle
Warm Pecan Pie / caramel / shortbread crust / vanilla gelato
          I enjoyed my meal at Orta and would definitely go back. It's a short drive from Boston (about 30 minutes) and worth the trip to get out of the city and try someplace new.
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  1. It was so good to see you at this dinner! I would kill for more of that arancini right about now...

  2. So good to see you, and yes some more of those arancini (and the mussels) would be amazing!