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No need to rub your eyes, it's true. Something that I once saw in an episode of Sex and the City (Yes, I've seen a couple of episodes) is coming to Boston. Chef Alissa Cohen is planning on opening Grezzo, a 100% raw organic vegan restaurant next month in the North End.

What exactly does raw mean? Apparently it means nothing will be heated over 114 degrees "in order to retain enzymes believed to be crucial for optimum digestion and absorption of nutrients.

What can you expect to eat there? Saffron-infused butternut squash soup, wild mushroom ravioli with asparagus cream and dark chocolate ganache truffles.

But the aforementioned ravioli, cream, and ganache are stylized replicas. The end result of soaking, sprouting, dehyrating, blending, and juicing basic ingredients to render them more digestible, then assembling incredibly complicated, labor intensive dishes.

It really does not sound very tasty to me. I don't think I'm even curious to try it. If i'm going to the North End, you'll find me at Giaccomo's or The Daily Catch. Anyone out there excited for this place? Let me know your thoughts. Click (here) to read the current chat about Grezzo on Chowhound or click (here) to read more about Alissa Cohen.

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5 Response to "Grezzo the 100% Raw Organic Vegan Restaurant"

  1. Kathleen Said,

    I am actually very excited about Grezzo's arrival! It is about time we have a place like this in Boston. In NYC there are so many delicious and wonderful organic, raw and vegan restaurants and in Boston there are, well, NONE! So, I think this is great. Some raw foods I don't like, others I absolutely love, so I am eagerly awaiting Grezzo's opening!

    Posted on 12/30/07, 4:17 PM

  2. Sarah P Said,

    I'm really excited, too! (and not just because I'm a vegan)

    Raw restaurants like Live Alive in Lowell and Organic Garden in Beverly have been doing really well - it's about time Boston got one!

    So many people thing raw foods are gross, bland or boring - I hope lots of people try this so they know how great it can be!

    Posted on 1/8/08, 12:07 PM

  3. Anonymous Said,

    I obviously have to try it first, but I think it's unfair to dismiss something off the bat because it's a little different.

    The North End already has the problem in that just about every restaraunt looks, smells, and more or less tastes the same, with variations in quality and price.

    Grezzo is definitely going to be a pariah, but that's not a bad thing as long as the food and service are good.

    The main thing that might kill this is the attitude you expressed, which Boston can be famous for. In an old-fashioned city, new ideas can get squashed because people aren't willing ot leave their comfort zones and expectations.

    Which -- and I say this as a born Bostonian -- is the only thing that keeps our city second-rate.

    Posted on 1/9/08, 6:19 PM

  4. Anonymous Said,

    The last thing North End needs is another over-priced plate of spagetti. It'll be a relief to the taste-buds to get something really really fresh in my mouth - thank goodness there are food innovators out there!

    Posted on 1/11/08, 8:40 AM

  5. BeanTownBoy Said,

    Raw fruits and veggies are awesome! I'll definitely be checking out Grezzo's.

    Posted on 1/12/08, 9:06 AM


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