Off the Beaten Plate: Grilled octopus at Genovese

Grilled octopus antipasti at Genovese, 941 Massachusetts St.

Grilled octopus antipasti at Genovese, 941 Massachusetts St.

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Grilled octopus antipasti at Genovese, 941 Massachusetts St.

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Besides fish, shrimp and the occasional oyster, sea creatures aren’t swimming around on many menus in Lawrence. But this antipasti dish at Genovese has a few tentacles and suction cups. Chunks of octopus, with a hint of flavor from the grill, are served in an arugula salad with white beans, cherry tomatoes and lemon vinaigrette.

Where to get it: Genovese, 941 Massachusetts St.

What you’ll pay: $8.50

Try it with: A generous squeeze from the lemon wedge that comes on the side.

Also on the menu: Fried Wakarusa Valley wild mushrooms, local beef carpaccio, grilled pear crostini, gluten-free gnocchi and other pastas, pizzas and panini. Genovese also serves brunch on weekends. One Italian breakfast highlight: poached eggs over mascarpone soft polenta with marinara.

— Off The Beaten Plate highlights some of the more exotic, oddly named or inventively concocted dishes from local menus. Know of an offbeat item we should check out? Email reporter Sara Shepherd at sshepherd@ljworld.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/saramarieshep.

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