Joe Ricchio

Joe Ricchio

Joe Ricchio is Down East’s food editor.

Garden Street Bowl

Bowled Over

Strike the crusty nacho cheese, shriveled hot dogs, and skunky beers. A few Maine alleys have a new recipe for success, wowing bowlers with chefy chow and crafty drinks.

Matt Haskell

Juggling Act

Five restaurants, a brewery . . . and an eco-resort in Belize? How Matt Haskell, son of Bangor, started out scrubbing pots and wound up a restaurant mogul.

Highroller Lobster

Is This a Lobster Roll?

“People sometimes get upset that we’d ever do such a thing to a lobster roll,” Highroller Lobster owner Andy Gerry says.

A shareable meal of lamb meatball curry, palak paneer, and butternut-squash and beetroot curries.

Serendib

A husband-and-wife team spices up the Ellsworth restaurant scene with their lip-tingling Sri Lankan cooking.

Pig out: pastry chef Ilma Lopez's Spanish sundae, with chocolate cake, caramel, and smoky serrano ham ice cream.

Chaval

The culinary duo behind Piccolo, Portland’s much-loved Italian restaurant, dives into Spanish and French fare at their new West End bistro.