You could say that chef Michael Scelfo has a thing for the coast. Sure, there was that brief childhood epoch when he was exposed to the joys of Kansas City barbecue. But outside of that Midwestern detour, the Long Island native has found himself drawn to the water.
He got his first big break in the James Beard Award-winning Wildwood Kitchen in Portland, Oregon. Then he moved back to the East Coast, eventually landing in Boston to helm the Temple Bar and Harvard Square’s Russell House Tavern. At the latter, he developed a reputation for creative vegetable cookery that he carried with him to his first solo venture, Alden & Harlow.
Now the highly decorated chef returns to the saltwater creatures and sea air that first drew him to the kitchen. His second restaurant, Waypoint, embodies the best of the ocean, with a gleaming raw bar, classic caviar service, and wood-fired pizzas topped with a briny battery of goods. Even the ceiling is constructed from driftwood planks and fishing hardware.
But as the chef will tell you, dining in Boston is about so much more than the daily catch. Here, his well-trodden guide to the best pizza, pastries, and late-night sake bombs in the city.