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Southie, a spin-off of Wood Tavern just one door south in Rockridge, comes off as a bit of a man cave with loud Zeppelin rock and its decadent beef-pork meatball sandwich—not to mention pork sugo (pasta changes daily for dinner), a pulled pork sandwich, and bacon-infused chocolate pudding. Still, it’s a cave for the sensitive, if pork-loving, man with its flavor-packed crostini, like the one with marinated artichoke, fresh mozzarella, capers, lemon oil, and its phenomenal Rhône varietals on tap. Nearly everything on the always-changing menu is made in-house—unless a bakery or pasticceria can do it better, as in the case of the tender, fresh pappardelle. And everybody in this fun spot is over-the-top friendly: When one of us sitting at a counter along Southie’s front window jokingly said he could eat another meatball sandwich, a second one quickly appeared, free of charge. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.–Sat.
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