Lasagna tray? Hostess gift? Holiday specials at Italian Gem Café: Taunton Eats

Not sure where to grab a bite to eat? With lots of options around the Taunton area, it can be difficult to choose.

If you’re having a hard time, we’re here to help you narrow it down.

We've compiled a list of meal deals, special events, and mouth-watering offerings at local eateries and markets to consider when planning your next night on the town, or a quick stop for a tasty treat.

This week, you can dazzle your guests (or hosts) with some holiday specials from Italian Gem Café, plus, we've got pizza and weekly specials, holiday-themed cocktails, and some live music.

Let’s dig in:

Jessica Gemma owner of Italian Gem Cafe, made a tray of Bomboloni pastry on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023.
Jessica Gemma owner of Italian Gem Cafe, made a tray of Bomboloni pastry on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023.

Savory and sweet Christmas and New Year specials at Italian Gem Café

You’ll be the hit of any holiday gatherings this year, if you show up with one of the Christmas and New Year specials from Italian Gem Café, 19 Center St., Middleboro. They’ve got cookie trays and crostata, or you can even send someone a cookie box, with chocolate chip, pistachio stuffed, oatmeal raisin, and other kinds of cookies. There’s also a hostess gift, with coffee, hot chocolate, and tea. Or, show up with some cannoli, croissants, or fudge (you can also get bags of fudge). A tray of tiramisu is also sure to be a crowd-pleaser. For savory options, they’ve got focaccia, as well as charcuterie boxes. Then there are 9x13 trays of eggplant parmesan or lasagna with meat sauce. The pre-order deadline is Dec. 17. Christmas specials can be picked up on Dec. 23, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Christmas Eve, from 8 a.m. to noon. New Year’s Eve pick-up hours are from 8 a.m. to noon on Dec. 31. For pre-orders, or for more information, call 508-947-1756.

Flavor of the month at Dough Licious Pizza

New month, new flavor at Dough Licious Pizza, 539 Berkley St., Berkley. December’s pizza flavor is Roni Bacon Ranch: homemade pizza sauce and ranch dressing are the base, and it’s topped with a three-cheese blend, pepperoni, ground hamburger, bacon, a drizzle of ranch dressing, and olive oil. Dine-in and take-out patrons can ask their server for a free sample. Call 508-386-2433 for more information.

Pepperoni and hot honey special at Smitty’s Pub & Pizza

Smitty’s Pub & Pizza, 445 Bay St., Taunton is bringing back a “highly-demanded” special: they announced in a Facebook post that the pepperoni and hot honey pizza special is coming this week.

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Holiday cocktails at Mediterranean Bar & Grill

The Mediterranean Bar & Grill, 983 County St., has some festive holiday cocktails. They’ve got wintry classics like a peppermint mocha martini, and a winter cranberry mule. The gingerbread whiskey martini has ginger whiskey, soft serve rum cream, and Frangelico, topped with whipped cream and a gingersnap cookie. Or try the merry berry spritzer, or jingle juice sangria, which is made of cabernet sauvignon, blueberry vodka, cran-apple juice and elder liqueur, served in a sugar-rimmed glass.

Tom and Kevin Duo at New Weir Pizza

New Weir Pizza, 49 W. Water St., Taunton, will be hosting live music from the Tom and Kevin Duo on Friday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. For the latest updates, keep up with New Weir Pizza on Facebook.

Strawberry Nutella flatbread at The National Charter 957, 9 Taunton Green.
Strawberry Nutella flatbread at The National Charter 957, 9 Taunton Green.

Weekly specials at The National Charter 957

Try out the weekly specials at The National Charter 957, 9 Taunton Green. This week, they’ve got a winter peppermint ice martini, with Rumchata, vanilla vodka, peppermint liqueur, and chocolate syrup; and strawberry Nutella flatbread, with Nutella, sliced strawberries, slivered almonds and candied bacon, drizzled with a strawberry puree.

Do you have a special deal, menu item, or food-related event to share with local foodies? Send us an email at kfontes@heraldnews.com or newsroom@tauntongazette.com.

This article originally appeared on The Herald News: Taunton Eats: Dazzling holiday specials at Italian Gem Café Middleboro