Eating in Boston at one of Michael Scelfo’s restaurants is like pulling up a chair at his own dinner table—simple dishes, quality ingredients and good conversation. The Scelfos are originally from Italy; Michael grew up slow-stirring his grandmother’s red sauce, and his Italian family has inspired his love for food. His menus offer variety—think veg-forward fare at Cambridge’s Alden & Harlow, named one of the “Best Restaurants in the World” by Conde Nast Traveler, and pastas at Waypoint, one of Food & Wine‘s and Bon Appetit’s “Best New Restaurants”—that passion continues to flavor his dishes.
Michael, himself a James Beard Award semifinalist for best chef, has maintained perhaps the most important element of a good meal: quality ingredients. He’ll serve you only what he’d serve his family. Chef’s promise.
I come from a large Italian family where my mom and grandmother cooked. Food was the center of our social world. When we came together, it was usually focused around the table.
I genuinely just want to make people happy.