Cold Brew Coffee
Florentine Bar and Blueberry Corn Muffin
A two-restaurants-in-one space on the Campus of MIT, Area Four has been a Technology Square favorite ever since opening its doors, and with a café on one side plus an American-Style restaurant with a focus on Pizza on the other the menu runs a gamut from coffee and pastries to things more substantial, an al fresco dining space and plenty of willing customers keeping servers busy throughout the day.
Oddly designed in an area where such architecture seems to be the rule, several campus buildings soaring upward or awkwardly leaning toward the street, entry to Area Four can take place though either of the dining spaces and wish floor-to-ceiling windows flooding both with early-Summer light the far less busy Café proves a worthwhile spot for those looking to chat or study with a Latte while the taller dining room turns both the music and the tempo up.
Serving brunch on weekends, dinner and lunch on weekdays with the Sandwiches or Pastries starting at 7am, what may not be known is that To-Go options from the dining room are also welcomed in the Wi-Fi enabled connected Café and although wait-times may be substantial the Hostess and General Manager both seem dedicated to running a tight ship as servers buzz around the floor.
Taking a seat in the Café after browsing the pastries, a bold Cold Brew on Ice selected to pair with a trio of sweets, it was with a next-door menu requested that the ‘simplest’ of items was requested, the wood-oven Margherita soon to arrive and thoroughly out-performing expectations as puddles of Mozzarella met hand-crushed Tomato sauce atop the charred crust with large air-pockets generated by way of a 30+ hour ferment.
Not certain if baked goods are produced by the same wood-burning oven as the pies, though it seems unlikely for anything except perhaps a robust-shelled Croissant that made up with the natural flavor of sliced Almonds what it lacked in lamination, Area Four continues to show strongly by way of the toothsome Corn Muffin pocketed by bursting Blueberries while a Florentine Bar riffs on the classic Italian Cookie with all the requisite notes of Fruit and Nuts set on a Dark Chocolate and Shortbread base.