NESN’s “Dining Playbook” features two of America’s favorite pastimes, food and sports, with help from the region’s best known hosts, athletes and tastemakers. Emmy award winning duo Billy Costa and Jenny Johnson leverage their considerable following and bring NESN viewers a fresh new approach to enjoying the best of what the region has to offer.
Host Location: Davio’s
In 1985, Steve DiFillippo purchased a locally-owned family restaurant called Davio’s on Newbury Street in Boston’s trendy Back Bay. Everything is made by hand from the best ingredients. They serve everything from aged steaks to simple-yet-unique pasta creations. Steve has since opened locations in Foxboro, Mass., Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chestnut Hill, Mass., Manhattan, and Lynnfield, Mass.
*70 Arlington St., Boston, 02116, (617) 357-4810, davios.com
Review: Elm Square Oyster Co.
Elm Square Oyster Co., which opened in July 2015, is the newest restaurant concept from the team at Morello Hospitality Group. Elm Square Oyster Co. is a modern New England eatery with a beautiful custom oyster bar. Their menu is fun, fresh and exciting with Chef Michael Sherman’s interpretation of “new” New England cuisine. Behind the bar, they embrace everything that is great about American craft beverages. Their bar features an extensive American bourbon selection, all-American wine list, small batch spirits and local craft beers from some of the best craftsmen in America.
*2 Elm Square, Andover, Mass., 01810, (978) 470-2228, elmsquareoysterco.com
Cobblestones & Moonstones:
Cobblestones: The three-story brick building located at 91 Dutton St. in Lowell, Mass., was originally built between 1855 and 1859. Built on the foundation of an unknown earlier building, granite was used for the foundation and red brick for the walls of this “rock solid” building. On Tuesdays, they have buck-a-shuck oysters, Friday nights are happy hour and don’t forget Sunday Funday’s pregame brunch.
* 91 Dutton St., Lowell, Mass., 01852, (978) 970-2282, cobblestonesoflowell.com
Moonstones: Scott Plath and his wife Kathy own Moonstones, their second regionally successful restaurant venture, with the first being Cobblestones of Lowell, Mass. Moonstones promotes a fun, social, affordable atmosphere for those who seek a more diverse and dynamic dining option without the risk, cost and difficulty of distance or travel.
*185 Chelmsford St., Chelmsford, Mass., 01824, (978) 256-7777, moonstones110.com
Shape-up Segment: Parkour Generations
Parkour Generations is the largest professional organization for the stunning movement discipline known as parkour or freerunning. Working around the world for over a decade, the founding members of Parkour Generations came together to create a vehicle to transmit the incredibly strong benefits and positive effects of this amazing art form. Comprised of founders, pioneers and principal developers of the discipline from across all generations, Parkour Generations is the authentic, original parkour collective.
*For more information go to pkgamericas.com.