Where can you get split New England Lobster with Japanese fried chicken?
“Ah, the Japanese fried chicken. It’s delicious is the way I can explain it.”
Have two types of pepperoni on one pizza?
“You got. the pepperoni fix that you’re looking for.”
And share sushi and a slice?
“The menu reads funny at first for people because they’re like how do you have sushi on the same menu as pizza?”
For Tim and Nancy Cushman, variety is the spice of life.
“We wanted to create a place selfishly, that we would like to go and you could go with your friends, you could go with your family, and find something for everybody on the menu.”
And you can have all that global flavor and a whole lot of fun at Bianca.
Located in Chestnut Hill, Bianca is the latest installment from the Cushmans, who brought us beloved Boston spots like O Ya and Hojoko. In their latest place, they took all of the dishes that they love from around the world and created a menu with something for everybody.
“We really just wanted to be a local restaurant that had appeal for everybodyAnd it’s food that we like to eat, everybody likes to eat.”
“One of my favorite things is when I see a table and look at what’s on the table. There will be sushi at the same table as meatballs at the same table as a rotisserie chicken. Everybody’s kind of having exactly what they want to have for dinner that night.”
And they created this fun, family-friendly space clad with big green banquettes, funky art, a big bar and a mini-restaurant within the restaurant called Mr. Roni Cups.
“Mr. Roni is a fictional character inspired by pepperoni.”
“It’s also actually its own little restaurant within Bianca. We always wanted to do this style of pizza, and we thought it’d be perfect just to use the space with that.”
And at both Mr Roni Cups and Bianca you can get Roman style pizza topped with a variety of ingredients, like this one covered with mushrooms, fontina, provolone cheese and shaved black truffles¦ But Nothing really tops the Pepperoni Pizza.
“The pepperoni is amazing with two different kinds of pepperoni. The one is the flat, and then the other is the cup that does hold some of that extra kind of grease/deliciousness.”
You can also opt for Bianca’s wood fired style pizza- cooked fast and hot with toppings like sopressata and spicy honey.
“The spice and the honey and the sweetness, it kind of is this amazing, sweet and savory combination together.”
And every pan of pizza that’s sent out comes back to the kitchen clean, because Tim and Nancy offer housemade buttermilk ranch, and a spicy Chile dip for all of that leftover crust.
“It works really well for dipping the crust and actually works better if you, one in the ranch and then get some of the spicy on there. So it’s almost like chips and salsa.”
There are Asian influences throughout the menu, like refreshing sashimi and the tasty avocado tempura roll topped with an ahi Amarillo sauce. But for a true flavor bomb, try the Japanese Fried Chicken.
“The Japanese fried chicken and it’s extremely simple. We marinated briefly in some ginger juice and soy and and then it’s fried and you get it with a lemon wedge, but it just really good simple fried chicken flavor.”
“The Japanese fried chicken is so savory and so juicy the crispiness of the outside and the unique kind of batter that we use gives it an amazing flavor.”
Family recipes make their way to the menu in the form of Betty’s Meatballs.
I love my mom’s meatballs. And so I took what her recipe was and kind of modernized it. But it’s really the same flavor that my mom had.
Her daughter in law is a fan as well.
“There’s so many ingredients in there, but it all just harmonizes together and creates an amazing kind of classic meatball flavor we get, you know, there’s some something special going on there.”
And for a big appetite, get the Short Rib Big Rig.
“I love housemade pastas. I just, I feel like you can taste the care that goes into those.It’s like a classic flavor that that you’ve had before but yet there’s just a little bit more depth and a little bit more interest to it.”
For something fire kissed, order the over the top 2 pound wood fired lobster.
Or try their wood rotisserie half chicken.
“We brine it and then we smoke it and then we put it on to the wood rotisserie. So you get this really nice subtle smoky flavorand we serve that with a chimichurri sauce. And the other sauce is an Aki Panca Peruvian barbecue sauce. So you it goes really well with the subtle smoke.”
But save room for dessert- because the offerings are irresistible.
There’s the rich Valrhona Chocolate Custard
And one of the region’s absolute best Carrot Cakes.
“That’s delicious either you like carrot cake, or you generally don’t it can be polarizing. But it’s hands down The best carrot cake.”
And for this dynamic duo, Bianca is the perfect balance of what they like in a restaurant.
“We love to eat out in Michelin starred restaurants and all of that, but we love equally the hole in the wall place too. And so I think that we’re able to take, the more fine dining kinds of food out there, but then also bring that to everybody in a way that’s super accessible and delicious. And again, at the end of the day, life is too short to eat or drink something that you don’t like.”