In the deep New England Winter of 2002 I began to make annual trips from Martha's Vineyard to Gloucester for reasons having nothing to do with tourism or fine dining. However, I invariably found myself wanting to sample the local fare. At the head of Main Street in downtown Gloucester stands the historic Blackburn building. In 2003 and later it was home to Blackburn's Pub, a Boston-style Irish pub with a great atmosphere in a beautiful ground floor space. In later years the space went vacant. Today, I am happy to say, it is the home to Giuseppe's, a fine Italian restaurant.
On this particular evening I was in the mood to linger and enjoy my meal while watching both the locals who frequent the restaurant and a Patriots' playoff game (the locals won!). The meal started, as do many, with wonderful Italian rolls and a dipping sauce (which I replaced with butter). I opted for a bottle of Chardonnay and was pleased to find an excellent choice from a vineyard with which I was not familiar. The rolls were followed by a shrimp salad. All I can say is the shrimp were of a size I have only experienced at a wedding reception where the groom had them flown in from the Southeast for the occasion. They were crisp and delicious. That was followed by a House salad. I usually forego the salad,, but decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed as the cranberries gave it a crunch and zest which most salads lack.
For my entree I chose a seafood dish. This is, after all, Gloucester, home of the iconic Gloucester fisherman statue just a stone's throw down the street. My choice for the night was Seafood Fra Diavolo. However, I wanted to pass on the usual "hot and spicy" sauce and go with a more familiar scampi sauce. The waitstaff, and the kitchen, were more than accommodating. When my entree arrived it consisted of a bowl-like plate, encircled in fresh mussels, with sizeable portions of lobster, scallops and shrimp on a bed of linguini cooked to perfection. I had clearly made an excellent choice in a town noted for its nautical fare.
After dinner I chose a shot of Jameson's Irish whiskey and finished the evening off with a Bailey's coffee.
In closing, allow me to say that the menu is varied and includes a full line of pasta dishes, specialty pizzas, and build-it-yourself pizzas. The desserts sounded delectable, but would have broken whatever diet I may have been trying to maintain! Finally, do not be put off by the stately appearance of the building. Inside is a restaurant with warmth and personality where one can find fine dining on a working man's budget on a cold New England Winter's night!
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