If there was an Olives in our neighborhood, we would eat there regularly. A branch of Todd English’s original Boston-based restaurant, Olives is a strong choice for a light lunch that need not be as expensive as you might think. Here’s how to enjoy a moderately priced meal here: Munch on the focaccia bread, olives, and excellent tapenade they give you at the start, have a lovely salad (the Greek is noteworthy), and then split a flatbread topped with delicious combinations like ham and provolone or fig and prosciutto. They are rich and wonderful—split one between two people, and you have an affordable and terrific lunch. Pastas are a slightly more expensive option but worth the extra few bucks. The constructed, but not too fussy, food gets more complicated and costly at night, adding an array of meats and seafood, all with a Mediterranean influence.
- Rick Garman