John Catucci’s City Guide: Boston

Big Food Bucket List takes viewers on weekly epic food journeys across cities in North America. And if you’re anything like John Catucci (or us!), you pick restaurants in the cities you’re about to visit – before – you book your vacation. With this in mind, we’ve created the ultimate foodie’s guide to each location John visits in this season of the show. Read on and watch to see where John eats and drinks when in Beantown.

The Hot Spots

Yellow Door Taqueria
Fox & the Knife


John’s Must-Eats at Fox & the Knife

At this local eatery, rustic Italy is brought to every dish Chef Karen Akunowicz makes. From octopus to fresh pastas, like this raviolo carbonara where an egg yolk is baked into the ravioli, it’s pure freshness and heart in every bite. For meat lovers, try the Milanese di Maiale which is a crispy fried pork schnitzel and the Pollo al Mattone bricked chicken so both sides of chicken get super crispy with escarole and broth. I love the crispy skin and the white wine with capers is like a warm hug on a cool Boston night.

Where to Go

From wandering around the Boston Common and the botanical gardens to strolling the Greenway, Boston has the sights, sounds and tastes of some of the best the East Coast has to offer. Walk the Freedom Trail or take a river cruise and grab a lobster roll or a bowl of chowder while you’re at it.

When to Visit

Spring and summer months are kinder in the weather department, but for cooler climate lovers, the city is a year-round destination.

John’s Tip

Boston is famous for baked beans, Fenway Park and yes, that bar from the show Cheers! But its seafood is also a superstar. If you can, visit Union Oyster House where you can slurp up some of the best oysters around. It’s been open since 1826!


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