DORCHESTER (CBS) — They say home is where the heart is–and at Ester in the Lower Mills section of Dorchester, it’s also where the meatballs, mussles, and steak are, too.
Eleanor Arpino has lived in this neighborhood for decades, and she’s worked in restaurants her entire life. So when she got the chance to open her own restaurant, in her own neighborhood, she jumped at the opportunity.READ MORE: 'Hi Ma': President Joe Biden Calls Marty Walsh's Mom For Mother's Day
“I knew that the neighborhood needed a neighborhood place to be run by a neighbor,” says Arpino.
And Ester has quickly become like a second home for both Eleanor and her customers. They pack the beautiful patio, relax at the bar, or settle into the intimate dining room, where the menu is filled with upscale comfort food favorites like homemade salt and vinegar potato chips, crispy fried calamari, juicy pork loin, and roasted chicken.
“The food is wonderful and something that you want to eat 2 or 3 nights a week. So it’s sort of as good as being at home, and as reasonably priced, but also wonderful to actually be out.”READ MORE: Increased Capacity Coming To The TD Garden, But Some Fans Don't Miss The Crowds
And all of the food is always made with the freshest possible ingredients, many of which come straight from the restaurant’s own sprawling rooftop garden.
“You’ve got this great roof and you’ve got all this real estate and it’s amazing,” says Arpino.
And customers are amazed every time they visit Ester, because this local lady wants to give her neighbors the best experience she can.MORE NEWS: Stimulus Check Latest: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?
“We live literally a two minute walk from here, and we’ve been in the neighborhood for 30 years, and it’s just wonderful,” says Arpino. “The joke always is, it has to be a success, because I don’t want to have to move and I don’t want to have to wear a disguise.”