This weekend, people from all over the world will be shipping up to Boston to take part in one of New England’s greatest sporting events: The 117th annual Boston Marathon. Whether you’re here to run or to watch, revel in the energy that takes the city by storm. As people near and far prepare for some incredible feats, local restaurants are looking to get in on the excitement. We’ve compiled a list of the spots where runners and fans will be sure to experience the most exciting events, best views, and most importantly, delicious food. After all, runners aren’t the only ones who need fuel – at least, that’s what we’re telling ourselves…
Join Boston’s luxurious L’Espalier for a spectacular lunch on Marathon Monday, and you’ll be rewarded not only with an exquisite meal, but a spectacular view of the last leg of the race. Chef Frank McClelland will offer a three-course prix fixe lunch menu with choices, including a specialty cocktail or a Marathon Degustation with an optional Vintner’s Tasting.
Prix Fixe options include:
- First course: House-smoked salmon with picked vegetables crème fraîche and American caviar or Casco Bay Lobster bisque
- Main Course: Confit Long Island Duck Leg with beluga lentils, English peas and pear puree or East Coast Halibut with “maître gaspard,” charred Spring Vidalia onion, fava beans and faro
- Dessert: Blackberry Champagne Mouse with fresh raspberries, shaved macadamia nuts, and strawberry frozen yogurt
The three-course prix fixe menu is $50/person and includes one specialty cocktail.
The Marathon Degustation is $60 per person.
The Vintner’s Tasting is $65 for four pairings or $85 for six pairings.
Guests can also choose $35 for four seasonal juice pairings.
Lunch will be served from 11:30 am until 2:30 p.m. Reservations required.
774 Boylston, Boston, 617-262-3023
2. DePasquale’s Homemade Pasta Shoppe
If you’re looking to load up before the race (or break your pre-marathon diet afterwards) look no further. DePasquale’s is the perfect place to pick up pasta made with 100% durum wheat semolina, healthier, low-gluten pasta that’s sure to satisfy your pre- or post-race cravings.
66A Cross Street, Boston, 617-248-9629
3. Lucia Ristorante & Bar
North End institution Lucia Ristorante & Bar holds as much history in Boston as the marathon itself does.
Sunday is the perfect time to indulge in Lucia’s delicious Italian cuisine. The Maccheroni Chitarra has been on the menu since the restaurant’s 1977 beginnings, and is a must-try: the homemade egg pasta is cut by guitar strings and served in a hearty tomoato-based Bolognese sauce with lamb, pork, and beef. The low glycemic index in the egg noodles and the protein-filled amino acids made this the perfect meal for carbo-loading.
415 Hanover Street, Boston, 617-367-2353
4. Ducali Pizzeria & Bar
Locally sourced Ducali Pizzeria & Bar is the perfect spot to satisfy pizza cravings, and with 13 different pizza dishes on the menu, everyone is bound to find something worth digging into.
Owner and marathon veteran Phil Frattaroli will host a marathon party on Sunday, April 14 at 8 p.m. to raise funds for the UMass ALS Champion Fund. The suggested donation – $26 – will go directly to the organization, which aims to combat ALS.
Tortellini Pizza – because what could be better than a pizza with pasta on top? – and Sam Adams’ Boston 26.2 Brew is the marathon special.
389 Causeway Street, Boston, 617-742-4144
5. Restaurant dante
Restaurant dante presents a special All You Can Eat Pasta Marathon. Star chef Dante de Magistris will be serving Bottomless Pasta Bowls in honor of the race. In previous years, dante offered selections from their regular menu – this year, they’re switching it up a bit, designing a special menu of pasta dishes specifically geared toward runners who want to carbo- and protein-load before the big race.
The menu includes:
- Tagliatelle Primavera: beans, peas, soybean.
- Tufoli: San Marzano tomato sugo, basil, Parmigiano Reggiano.
- Chitarra: basil, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil, Parmigiano Reggiano.
The Tagliatelle and Chitarra are both egg-based pata for added protein, and guests can add salmon for $14, chicken for $7, and traditional beef and pork meatballs for $7 to all dishes. Prices vary based on pasta choice.
40 Edwin H Land Blvd, Royal Sonesta Hotel, Cambridge, 617-497-4200
Last, but not least, if you’re looking to enjoy the celebrate the race without the crowds…
Dorchester hotspot dbar, an upscale restaurant and nightclub/lounge, is generously offering marathon participants half-off all pasta dishes. Don’t worry, couch-dwellers – there are specials all weekend for non-runners as well!
Friday, April 12, through Sunday April 14, enjoy a special menu of:
- Rigatoni Agnello (rigatoni, green garlic, braised lamb, broccoli rabe, and pecorino) for $19.
- Italian Sausage Penne (house-prepared Italian sausage, asparagus, tomatoes, and white wine butter sauce) for $18.
- Clothbound Macaroni and Cheese (Orecchiette pasta, caramelized onions, herbed breadcrumbs, and clothbound cheddar) for $17.
1236 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, 617-265-4490
Are you ready for the race? This Google Map can help with your pre- and post-race meal plan of attack. Good luck to all those running this Monday!