Openings: The long-awaited RFK Kitchen is officially open in Needham (30 Dedham Ave. at Great Plain Avenue). From chef-owner Rachel Klein, formerly of Liquid Art House, the restaurant serves upscale American dishes that embrace classic New England ingredients (butternut squash, apple cider) and global flavors. RFK Kitchen is currently open for dinner daily and closed on Mondays.
Hip Cambridge pizzeria Area Four has made its way across the river. The new South End location (264 East Berkeley St. at Albany Street) offers wood-fired “A4 pizzas,” made from a 14-year-old sourdough starter, as well as fresh salads and hearty meat dishes. Thirsty? Check out the restaurant’s playful cocktails, selection of wines, and ample supply of beer.
The Eastern Mediterranean-inspired restaurant Moona recently opened its doors in Cambridge’s Inman Square (243 Hampshire St. at Dickinson Street) and specializes in small plates made with locally sourced produce and homemade spice blends. “Moona” means “pantry” in Arabic, nodding to co-owners Mohamad El Zein and Radouan Ouassaidi’s heritage. “My partner and I are super-passionate about the food we grew up with, and we want to share it with everyone here. . . . We wanted to bring the best of both worlds together — the ‘East meets West’ concept,” El Zein said.
Temporary closings: Back Bay wine cafe Piattini (226 Newbury St. at Fairfield Street) is temporarily closed due to damages sustained from a recent fire. The fire originated in the brownstone’s first-floor art gallery and spread upward, a representative confirmed, but the garden-level restaurant still sustained water damage. “I am truly blessed to have a wonderful crew, standing by me to help rebuild, amazing neighbors offering to help, and loyal customers waiting for our return!” a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page reads.
Menus: Election Day might be two weeks away, but you can head on over to Legal Sea Foods to rock the vote as early as Monday. The restaurant has created two elaborate dishes that channel the presidential candidates: “Secretary of Steak” and “Trump Tower.” The former costs $31.95 and consists of blackened tuna steak with rice and Brussels sprouts, while the latter is $55.95 worth of varied seafood that serves four to six people. Simply order one of the two to “vote” for your preferred dish, until Nov. 6, and the results will be shared on social media.Sonia Rao can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @misssoniarao.