NESN’s new show, Dining Playbook with Billy and Jenny, features two of America’s favorite pastimes: food and sports. Emmy Award-winning Billy Costa and Jenny Johnson will be cooking with your favorite athletes and showcasing the places to go before, during and after the game.
On this week’s episode, Billy and Jenny traveled north to historic Salem, Mass. to visit Finz Seafood & Grill, where they chatted with owner Steve Carey and enjoyed some delicious fish as well as a great view of the ocean.
*Finz Seafood & Grill 76 Wharf Street, Salem, MA (978) 744-8485 http://hipfinz.com
Jenny also got the chance to talk with Boston Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who gave viewers the low-down on his favorite foods and best spots to eat in the Boston area.
Before, During, and After the Game: Each week, Billy and Jenny pick three places in Boston where fans can a nice meal before, during, or after a game. Here were their three choices:
1.) Ducali: This North End pizzeria is just steps from the TD Garden and is a great place to grab a slice and a beer before the game.
*Ducali 289 Causeway Street, Boston, MA (617) 742-4144 http://duca.li
2.) Legal Crossing: This Legal Seafoods-owned restaurant features a full menu of delicious fish and plenty of TVs to watch the game.
*Legal Crossing 558 Washington Street, Boston, MA (617) 692-8888 http://legalseafoods.com
3.) The Living Room: This North End spot is a great place to go if you’re looking for a relaxing dining experience after the game.
*The Living Room 101 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA (617) 723-5101 http://thelivingroomboston.com
Training Camp: Billy and Jenny visit some special guests this week, as Jenny hits the kitchen with Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca and his wife, Judy. Meanwhile, Billy visits chef Michael Scelfo at his new Harvard Square restaurant, Alden & Harlow.
*Alden & Harlow 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA (617) 864-2100 http://aldenharlow.com
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VIP Seat: Every week, Dining Playbook selects two lucky winners to check out and review a local restaurant. This week’s winners were Peter and Jane Kellogg of Needham, Mass., who took a trip to Kendall Square in Cambridge to check out Catalyst.
*Catalyst 300 Technology Square, Cambridge, MA (617) 576-3000 http://catalystcambridge.com