There's nothing about Pines I didn't enjoy. The ambiance is an understated combination of modern and New England sheik. Our reservation was honored promptly on a busy Saturday evening. The table provided a window view of Main St activity.
We shared an order of Fries with Parmigiano Ailoi. Hand cut potatoes fried crisp, wonderfully seasoned with a side of Ailoi which was well balanced and delicious. Very addicting.
Apps included oysters on the half; Island Creek, Duxbury Ma. Briny, plump little beauties. The Giant shrimp cocktail with Seriously Spicy Sauce nabbed my attention. The shrimp were perfectly cooked, sweet and very fresh (for a frozen product). Yeah, the sauce was spicy but not overly...basically a horseradish cocktail sauce with perfect balance.
Entrees included Cannelloni filled with Butternut squash puree. The pasta sheet were as thin as a sheet of paper. The filling was sublime. Garnished with thinly sliced, fried shallot crisps. I opted for the braised short ribs...boneless Grass Fed (I suspect) beef which was tender; presented on potato puree with a tiny dice of roasted winter root veggies.
We enjoyed a bottle of Italian red from Veneto...fairly priced from a somewhat compact but well chosen list.
John, our server, couldn't have been more pleasant or informative.
I'd go back in a heartbeat...I REALLY want to try the burger. The picture I saw on the website looked outrageously good.