Food & Drink

5 Boston pumpkin dishes you need to eat right now

You know The Great Pumpkin is out there somewhere (right, Linus?), but you don’t have to spend all night in the patch waiting for your favorite squash to show up (or prove anything to Sally). Pumpkins aren’t just for jack-o’-lanterns (or Billy Corgan), and our local chefs can prove it to you. Here are the five best pumpkin creations to smash (into your face) this weekend...

The Tap Trailhouse

The Pumpkin Whoopie Pie

Tap Trailhouse (address and info)
Faneuil Hall
After the printing press, whoopie pies are mankind’s next greatest triumph. The retooled Tap Trailhouse (formerly just The Tap) now has a New England farmer’s kitchen menu and they’re serving up this "feed-the-inner-child" dessert with a twist. The Pumpkin Whoopie Pie has a craze-inducing cream filling between two soft pumpkin cookies… and moxie-ginger syrup drizzled on top. Wash that down with a signature Freedom Trail Ale IPA made for them by Rhode Island’s Newport Storm.

Prezza 

Pumpkin ravioli 

Prezza (address and info)
North End
Prezza’s Chef/Owner Anthony Caturano goes full-throttle this fall with seasonal flavors folded into Italian classics. First, indulge in burrata with roasted pumpkin, then ease into the rich pumpkin ravioli bedazzled with lobster, mascarpone, brown butter, and sage. Once your pumpkin buzz wears off, finish your night with some pumpkin tiramisu. You’ve earned it.

Pier 6

Pumpkin risotto

Pier 6 (address and info)
Charlestown
Pier 6 recently launched their new fall menu, and autumn-inspired dishes take center stage. The highlight is their pumpkin risotto; this beauty is loaded with heirloom pumpkin and butternut squash, and it's dusted with Parmesan. For dessert you’re having the apple tart, a comfort-food-gone-mad variation with mascarpone mousse and crumbled walnuts.

Pumpkin fundido

The Painted Burro (address and info)
Somerville
The Painted Burro takes the pumpkin south of the border and offers a trio of unique selections to warm your belly. For apps, there’s the pumpkin fundido -- a tres quesos dip elevated by roasted squash and pumpkin purée. In the taco department they have pork carnitas covered with spiced pumpkin mole and honey crisp apple salsa. Or go for heirloom squash & apple enchiladas, an over-the-top earthy combo of roasted blue hubbard, kuri & pumpkin squashes, Macomber turnip, and garlicky swiss chard.

Pumpkin ice cream

Henrietta's Table (address and info)
Cambridge
Henrietta’s Table gets into the spirit of the season, as Chef Peter Davis puts local farm-fresh bounty right on your plate. And also in your glass. Start off with a pumpkin Martini, then revel in barbecue ale-braised Elysian Field Farm’s pulled lamb shank... a literal and figurative mouthful. But you’re really here for dessert: house-made pumpkin ice cream studded with caramel praline cookies and toasted pecans.

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