Chef/owner Anthony Caturano takes full advantage of Gloucester’s working waterfront to offer innovative Italian-influenced preparations of pristine fish. From the daily crudo to the delicious shellfish, like stewed clams with white beans, mussels with tomato-fennel broth, and the Cioppino, an Italian fish stew, it’s all delicious. The historic space, with low ceilings and exposed beams, feels like heading back in time, but the modern cocktail and wine list are the perfect balance.
2 Main St., Gloucester, 978-879-4795, tonnorestaurant.com
Classic New England fare, from fried clams and lobster pie to baked haddock and clam chowder, sourced from the Turner family’s own wholesale operation, keeps diners coming back. The boisterous scene tucked into a historic building just adds to the charm.
43 Church St., Salem, 978-745-7665, turners-seafood.com