Small Plates

Editors’ Choice 

Bambolina, Salem

Philosophy: Food was made for sharing. Shared plates now encompass the entire left side of the menu, and the remaining entrees are plated to split.

Standout Qualities: A wide variety of flavors—anything from paper-thin slices of beef carpaccio, arrayed on a generous plate, to grilled Caesar salad draped with anchovies and, of course, creative pizzas.

Fun fact: Look for produce from local farms used in many ways, such as baby carrots simply roasted with a side of dill yogurt for one dish and pickled in another.

288 Derby St., Salem, 978-594-8709,


Readers’ Choice

Ceia Kitchen + Bar, Newburyport 

Insider tip: Always order the octopus. No matter what the season, chef Jeremy Glover has a deft hand with the tentacled delicacy.

38 State St., Newburyport, 978-358-8112,


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