A Taste of Tuscany at Shiso Kitchen

For my birthday, my boyfriend took me to someplace we've wanted to go for a while: Shiso Kitchen.  If you live in the Somerville/Cambridge/Boston area, you have to check this place out.  

The absolute best part about Shiso Kitchen is Jess, the chef and the brains behind the operation.  Jess used to be a chef instructor at the Cordon Bleu and then decided she wanted to teach normal people instead of up-and-coming chefs, and so Shiso Kitchen was born.

The space itself is really clean, bright and well-decorated.  Jess made a lot of the personal touches herself, like the light fixtures and the aprons.  She also has a lot of kitchen tools from her grandmother which are pretty cool to play with, as well as full set of knives that you can use if you're thinking about buying a new knife or just want to see what using a different knife is like.

We learned how to make fresh pasta (Herb and Ricotta Stuffed Ravioli and Tagliatelle), Pork Loin with a Grape Sauce, Caprese Salad, and a custard dessert called Zabaglione.  The real standout was the Pork Loin with Grape Sauce.  I thought the grape sauce was a weird concept at first, but after trying it, I fell completely in love.

Here are some pictures from our night: