When Chickadee opened, it flew into a headwind of high expectations. Co-owned by Boston industry veterans Ted Kilpatrick and John DaSilva, the restaurant has lived up to the hype. The decor is beautiful and sleek, while the food—New England with a dash of the Mediterranean—is elegant and refined without pretension. Don’t miss the Roasted Porchetta, a gorgeous crispy spiral of pork adorned with a salad of watermelon, jalapeño, and fried peanuts. We also love the Lumache pasta (get the half portion and leave room to try more things!) with its vibrant fava beans, lamb sugo, and a dollop of labneh nestled on top.