Reviews: Roma Cafe, Island Creek, Bolster Snow

The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed Roma Cafe,

The Roma has become cozy and casual, almost homey. The same can be said of the food, which nonetheless remains true to the historic Italian-American theme. Some items still need tweaking…But standout dishes make the experience worthwhile. In particular, quick-sautéed calamari over thick spaghetti, tossed in Tallberg’s phenomenal marinara sauce; and spumoni: a triple-layered indulgence made from toasted pistachio, syrup-soaked Amarena cherry, and dark chocolate ice creams. When the new Roma Café is good, it’s very good – just not yet legendary.

the Peter Peter Portland Eater has reviewed Bolster Snow, and

After my first full meal at Bolster Snow, I was impressed. They offer bold flavors, shining combinations, and take some simple contemporary items and add just a touch of their own hand in them. Basic deviled eggs with truffle? A total winner. Broccoli salad with a hit of lime? Stunning. A vodka lemon cocktail with hints of honey and ginger? An easy-going-down concoction. Try them for drinks and snacks if you want, but I think you just might end up staying for dinner.

the Portland Phoenix has reviewed Island Creek Oyster Shop.

So it feels right to eat like Louis in a nation ruled by his avatar. Island Creek’s pitchers of beer and wine connote abundance rather than déclassé abandon. The oysters themselves reward lordly attention. The Eider Cove from Brunswick are dark and mysterious looking, silky but salty. Winnegance from West Bath were pale, sweet, and meaty. Round little Moody Blues from Damariscotta were a creamy beige. Island Creek’s home oyster is thin and tawny with a mild salt and hint of mineral. They give you cocktail sauce and Tabasco, but unless you’re the type that puts ketchup on steak, ignore them. Salt and brine should reign over any other flavors.