Sala by Fratelli’s offers whimsical cocktails, sharable bar bites and famously sweet treatsBy Maria Allen | Photography by Kjeld Mahoney
Serving up a wide array of elaborate cakes, fruit pies and cream-filled “lobster tails,” it’s no wonder why the flagship Fratelli’s Pastry Shop in Quincy has been a destination for dessert lovers for more than a decade. When the family-run business had an opportunity to expand into an adjacent storefront earlier this year, owner Giovanni Milone jumped at the opportunity to try something new.
Inspired by eateries in his hometown of Torino, Italy, Milone enlisted the help of his wife, daughters and son-in-law to create a dessert-forward establishment that would be unlike anything else on the South Shore. The result is Sala by Fratelli’s, a chic dessert bar and lounge where friends can meet after work to enjoy small plates and creative cocktails (the word “Sala” means “lounge” in Italian).
When guests arrive at Sala their eyes are immediately drawn to a display of mouthwatering cakes and pastries arranged in a case beside the bar, but dessert isn’t the only thing on the menu. The restaurant features range of dishes that are perfect for sharing. On the day that we visited, we split a soft-baked jumbo pretzel that was served on a giant hook with beer cheese and honey mustard on the side for dipping. We also enjoyed a plate of spaghetti and meatball bites and a refreshing Romano caprese salad. Some of the other popular dishes on the menu include things like fig and prosciutto crostini, stuffed shells and a charcuterie board that comes topped with specialty meats and cheeses.
Sala features an impressive wine list that doubles as a pairing chart. Each bottle is coded with a shape to represent the type of food that it pairs best with. Even more impressive, however, is the cocktail list. Milone tapped the knowledge of The Cocktail Guru, an expert consultant in the industry, who helped create a customized drink menu that would set Sala apart. There’s an entire section dedicated to decadent dessert martinis, Italian cordials and indulgent coffee drinks.
If you’re looking for a cocktail to enjoy with a dessert, for example, you might want to sip on a Hough’s Neck Breeze, while some of the drinks are like dessert in a glass. A good example of this would be the By the Campfire, a cocktail made with vanilla rum, hazelnut liqueur, cinnamon-chocolate syrup, fresh whipped cream, crushed graham cracker and toasted marshmallows.
Dessert is, of course, the main event at Sala. Their showstopper is the brownie implosion, which features a dramatic chocolate shell filled with vanilla ice cream over rich brownie and pound cake. But you can also go old-school and order a cannoli sampler (each batch is filled to-order). To end our meal, we couldn’t leave without diving into an Italian classic—a silky slice of Nonna’s tiramisu–and washed it down with a cup of salted caramel espresso. It was a sweet way to close out the week.
Sala by Fratelli’s
470 Southern Artery, Unit 2