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Muldoon’s New Roberta’s

Chef Joseph Muldoon’s new world-class eatery in Northfield is all about the food.

By Frank Gabriel
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One of the most gratifying aspects of food writing is being granted the privilege of chronicling clever young chefs as they progress through their professional lives.


It’s more than just vicarious; there is certainly a mutuality of enlightened self-interest inherent to the entire endeavor. 


Rarely have I had the good fortune to encounter one whose career trajectory has ascended quite as rapidly as Joseph Muldoon.


Major props must go to my good friend and a rising star himself, casino PR exec extraordinaire Jerry Eisenband of the Caesars gaming empire. It was he — close in age to Muldoon — who first brought the then-25 year old to my attention several years past.


Since then the youthful chef has gone on to run one of the city’s most underrated restaurants, The Reserve at Bally’s, with a great sense of style and remarkable humility.


Nominally a steak house, the pretty blue and gold-hued space was truly the first big stage for a burgeoning, world-class culinary talent.


Almost in time to celebrate his 28th birthday, Muldoon opened his first independent restaurant, Roberta’s, at the intersection of Tilton and New roads in Northfield.


Named for his mother, a home economics teacher whom he credits for instilling in him a love of cooking, Roberta’s replaced the former occupant, Gianna’s, on Monday, June 3.


The transition was rapid, with the former tenant’s last day having been the prior Friday.


It was a remake-remodel worthy of a television reality show: over the course of two intervening days, “custom tiles and a back wall of mirrors were installed and the pizza oven was completely refaced,” says Muldoon.


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1. Eileen Muldoon Batavick said... on Jun 28, 2013 at 03:04AM

“KUDOS to Chef Joe! Looking forward to heading East in September for a DELICIOUS meal served by the finest chef around! CONGRATS on Roberta's!”

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2. DOTTIE said... on Sep 12, 2013 at 04:54PM

“So nice to hear that you are going on your own, only the very best to you .
we worked at DiBruno"s,
Miss your smiling face.:-)

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