Rockporters, once again you can buy, right in town, everything necessary for a beautiful dinner, even without a local grocery store. The Rockport Farmers Market, open Saturday morning from 9 to 1 p.m. at Harvey Park off Broadway, makes menu planning easy.
Sasquatch Smoked Fish served on the adorable cornmeal and molasses Fish Shack Loaf from Seabiscuit Bakery is the appetizer “du Rockport,” as wanton and epicurean as it is local.
The next course is silken homemade pasta tossed in the “World’s Best Pesto” from Pride’s Osteria. Originally from Genoa, now Rockport resident Paolo Laboa partnered with Michael Magner to create a trattoria-type restaurant in Beverly, Pride’s Osteria. In 2008, Laboa won the World’s Best Pesto competition in Genoa, Italy. His pesto is creamy and basil-deep like no other. All of Laboa’s dishes are created with a rapt Italian heart and an artist’s finesse, and many are being sold at the cheerful stand on Saturday mornings at the Rockport Farmers Market. Manned by Magner, Molly, and LaBoa’s wife, Mercedes Flavin, the stand has new treats every week, but always pasta and pesto.
Homemade foccacia is for sale by the slice, or take away a foccacia filled with buffalo mozzarella and heirloom tomato; sandwich perfection. When Mercedes ran out of tomato one week, she substituted paper-thin slices of Mike Raymond’s spring turnip. Perfection improved. Mercedes and Paolo also bake a new flavor of pie and Italian croustade each week. They make dessert; you spend more time at the beach.
Herbaceous, nutty, complex in flavor like a good wine, Rockport’s own Seaview Farms’ grass-fed beef is definitively delicious, a meat we should be proud of raised by the seventh generation of the Lane family in Rockport. A rib-eye steak from Seaview makes an easy choice for a main course. The farm also sells fresh eggs and honey.