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Chaval

Originally published in the March 2018 issue of Down East Magazine Photos by Molly Haley Photography The culinary duo behind Piccolo, Portland’s much-loved Italian restaurant, dives into Spanish and French fare at their new West End bistro. 58 Pine St., Portland, 207-772-1110 Price Range Starters and small plates $4–$15, entrées $16–$26. Dress Typically hip Portland. But as long as you…

Joe Ricchio on WCSH 207 with Rob Caldwell

Check out my recent spot on WCSH Newscenter, 207 Show with Rob Caldwell! http://www.newscentermaine.com/mobile/article/news/local/207/for-food-writer-joe-ricchio-too-much-is-rarely-enough/97-515033507 FOR FOOD WRITER JOE RICCHIO, TOO MUCH IS RARELY ENOUGH Making a career out of eating & drinking. Author: Rob Caldwell Published: 11:16 AM EST February 6, 2018 The legend goes that Diamond Jim Brady, a railroad executive and bon vivant who lived in New York…

Maine’s 30 Greatest Burgers

Originally published in the November 2017 Issue of Down East Magazine From mom-and-pop diners, hole-in-the-wall pubs, and fancy-pants kitchens all across the state, these are the juicy little beauties most worth road tripping for. Did your favorites make the list? By Joe Ricchio and the Down East staff Food editor Joe Ricchio put on over 1,000 miles and at least…

Musette

Originally published in the December 2017 Issue of Down East Magazine Photographed by Douglas Merriam Musette 2 Pier Rd., Kennebunkport, 207-204-0707 At first glance, Musette seems much like The Wayfarer, the restaurant that occupied its clapboard-sided home in Cape Porpoise for nearly 60 years. The dining counter and swivel stools are still in place, the beverage policy is still BYOB,…

Cong Tu Bot

Originally published in the November Issue of Down East Magazine Photographed by Brian Fitzgerald Cong Tu Bot 57 Washington Ave., Portland. 207-221-8022. Vien Dobui and Jessica Sheahan have been hosting Asian noodle pop-ups in Portland since 2013, so they had a good idea of what would resonate with local diners when they opened Cong Tu Bot with partner Joe Zohn on…

Tall Drink of Water

Originally published in the August issue of Down East Magazine The entrepreneurs behind Tourmaline Spring are betting on a thirst for purity. By Joe Ricchio Photographed by Gabe Souza Of all the lessons drilled into my consciousness growing up, the one about not drinking from a mountain stream — no matter how clear and pure it seems to be, lest…