The day before the Boston show, we met up with Paolo’s cousin Jordan and his wife to get into the city for some food and drinks. I don’t recall the last time I was in Boston (if ever even) so I was excited to get into the city and tear it up (food and drink-wise and Trivium-wise). 

We went to one of the “oldest taverns” in the city for some decent seasonal local-brew, then off to one of the “oldest restaurants” in town. I don’t recall the names of either, nor are they in my notes – but I hate to say – bum out on the food. I would list it with a warning if possible, but I can’t recall – but it was one of those nostalgic places that’s more of a tourist-refueling station of food-product than somewhere to get good food. I know there is good food in Boston – but this wasn’t it. I should have known – anytime a restaurant has a “thing” like: “oldest” or “banquet rooms available” or “live music” – they’re not paying attention to food quality.

The next day was the show day – I was picking the place. I read up on a place called Sam Lagrassa’s. Rumanian Pastrami with chipotle honey mustard, swiss cheese and coleslaw grilled on an Italian sesame seed bun. Holy pastrami batman! Without a doubt in my mind – best damn pastrami I have ever had, and I have been to many of the famous, best delis in NYC. This was something special – the chipotle mustard had a sweetness and kick. A perfect balance of yin and yang was the flavor of the mustard. The use of coleslaw was something I’ve seen in the Pittsburgian-style sandwiches it added a mild-crunch and exciting flavor-play-off when combined with the sweet/spicy mustard. That pastrami… remember that Seinfeld episode where George started eating salted-cured meats in bed and got eating and doin’ it all confused? This pastrami will do that to you. 

Carved off of a massive hunk, this crumbly, soft, meaty, salty, delicious meat could have been eaten by itself. The toasted Italian bread was the cherry on top – every single thing had it’s place, it all just went

We decided to walk/train to the Boston Fine Arts Museum, which apparently has one of the largest collections of Japanese triptych and diptych pieces in North America (those are the things that basically inspired all Japanese tattoos) and once arriving – we all were totally blown away.

I am saving most of my photos of the exhibits for my photography – so the bits I used are more documentation-style iPhone photos and such. The museum has a really intensive collection of some of the most unique Japanese pieces, ranging from statues to paintings to woodblock. Their world-pieces range from Asia to Egypt; armor and weapons to fine art. They even had a few pieces by one of my favorite painters from Britain: JMW Turner. 

If you have the opportunity – get out to that museum.

After the show, we decided to try to hit some of the other great food spots in Boston – unfortunately, most were closed due to the hour and day we were attempting. We stopped at one place, Lucca. 

Lucca. It was hot. Summer time. I think they had about 2 tables at the time. We walked in in tank tops – the restaurant said shirts are required, but they’d be happy to lend us some. Puzzled – but hungry – we said sure… we’ll take a look at the attire they’d be bestowing. The over-dressed manager or owner or whoever was running this classy joint brought me an XL blue dress shirt… Paolo – a large purple-thing with a mardi-gras cuff design. He looked like a 12 year old wearing his overly effeminate father’s party-attire. I looked like a goon. 

We piled their shirts on the manager booth and ran as quickly as we could.

Good job Lucca. Little did you know that that tattooed hooligan you tried to dress up to impress your other 3 patrons writes about food.

We stopped into another random place in Little Italy for an alright dinner. Just alright. We walked to Bova’s afterwards for a really awesome cannoli – the size of my forearm basically. 

So – I hate to say it Boston – but you owe me. 

We headed back to Jordan’s to watch Troll 2. Troll 2 has quickly become one of my all-time favorites – it has been hailed, charmingly, as the “best worst movie of all time.” It’s a heart-warming effort (by an Italian madman) to make sort of a deep-messaged horror-sort of movie… using all people hoping to be extras as main actors… utilizing broken English – directed by a husband and wife duo who spoke little to no english. There isn’t a single troll in the movie and Troll 2 has nothing to do with Troll 1. I promise you’ll fall in love with this film. Check out the documentary “Best Worst Movie” while you’re at it to truly witness what kind of cult-phenomenon this epic film has become. 

Lucca maybe was a foreshadowing of Troll 2… hmmm… 

Yeah. Boston. You owe me. Your art rules, but I know you can do better for food. 

11 thoughts on “Boston

  1. Im pretty ashamed of my home state first off. Secondly, if you ever want a true food experience shoot me an email next time your here. Some of the best food we have isnt actually in the city. Ill you the good stuff.

  2. ahahah i live near lucca, tuscany, but i assure you we don’t wear such shirts in rastaurants… lol if you guys will ever get to play in florence or in the nearby i’d be happy to show you around… =) and i cook pretty good myself, real italian is home cooked! :)

  3. Lol don’t u love it when the title to a book/movie/article/play has NOTHING to do with the story haha next time Boston better bring out the good stuff for ya next time!

  4. I have to say I am a foodie myself and when I travel I LOVE history, but any nostalgic restaurant is really hit or miss on the food quality.

    Some venues are more prominent as a tourist trap than worried on food quality as you stated, but others are complete dives and they feature the best food in the region :-)

    I have never been to Boston myself but would love to go for the rich American history and as you have shown on pics the art! As an artist myself I envy you get to travel and experience these in person!! So awesome :-)

  5. I know you’re referring to Primanit’s…and I hate to break it to you, but no one does cole slaw on sandwiches like Primanti’s!

  6. Hey Matt the North End of Boston has a ton of great Italian food. And Mike’s Pastry is really famous, especially for their canoli’s. Newbury Street has a number of great cafe’s as well. Also, I go to school right across the street from the Museum of Fine Arts! I’ve met you a few times (3 in the last year haha) but it kills me that you were so close to where I live and I didn’t run into you.

  7. Hey Matt! Sorry to hear about your experience in Boston during your Mayhem fest date here. (Great show by the way). I hope you had better experiences when you came here in October with DT and in February with In Flames.

    If you wanna know some kickass places to eat, my friend and I will gladly tell you some great food joints in Boston. None of this tourist shit! Shoot me an e-mail next time you’re in town.

  8. Hey Matt, Sorry to see Boston sucked for you food wise. The generic eateries that we have here are quite lame and I always avoid them. A few examples of my favorite resturants in Boston are places like Sportello, O YA, and Neptune Oyster. These places all provide and attitude towards food that I love. Their food is not over overthought utilizing few ingredients contributing to clean yet powerful flavors. Next time your in town any of these places would definitely not let you down. By the way my Dad works in the food bussiness so if you ever need a recomendation or help with reseravation don’t hesitate to email me. We’d be glad to share our passion for food with you dude.

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