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Babbo Pizzeria. Enoteca

Agree..that's why I went today.

I think this place is going to be very popular.

about 21 hours ago
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Babbo Pizzeria. Enoteca

In between posting about yelp, I managed to make it to Babbo Pizzeria today for lunch.

I really liked the place. Shared the mussels and octopus off the Pesce section of the menu. Both great. Mussels with beans and a curry flavor..not the usual.

Delicious pizza and olive oil gelato dessert.

Friendly and professional service.

I was there early..11:30 and by noon, most tables were taken. By 1 there was a wait.

I'll be back soon.

about 22 hours ago
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Yelp for Pure Entertainment: Erbaluce

Re the " girls behaving badly" at A & H, people have been behaving badly in restaurants or bars forever, or probably 20 mins after the first place opened.

There are well established remedies for this. Happens all the time. Is posting a pic necessary?

Anonymity on the net is not assured and most of us can find out who someone is by spending a little time and common tools on the net..either through curiosity or nosiness.

That's very different from a business owner "outing" a paying customer.

If a customer left without paying,intentionally damaged something, or some such thing..I don't think I'd have a problem with it but lying in a silly forum? I don't think so.

about 22 hours ago
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Yelp for Pure Entertainment: Erbaluce

I'm not saying that posting a dishonest review is right. It isn't.

Acting like a jerk like those 2 women at A&H isn't right either but I'm not sure they should have their pic posted.

You and I both post under aliases, for our own reasons..neither of us for nefarious reasons.

I know I could be easily "outed" if someone wanted to do it.

At what point is it appropriate or necessary to "out" someone? dishonest posts? bad behavior? poor review? felony assault on a waiter? and who makes that decision?

Is the idea of a restaurant's response on these boards to defend the restaurant or is it to punish/shame the (honest or dishonest) critic?

Yelp for Pure Entertainment: Erbaluce

I find the review where Rob G posted on Yelp about his dinner without mentioning that he had a disruptive infant troubling.

it's not right that a poster should slam a restaurant by omitting such pertinent information. Unfortunately, that kind of that kind of things happens in 1 form or another, especially on anonymous forms.

The restaurant would have certainly been justified in pointing that out in the response.

Unless I missed something, the poster posted as Rob G. The restaurant addressed him by his last name. Highly inappropriate.

Like it or not, these are " anonymous" forums. If the restaurant used the poster cc info to publish the poster's last name, that's troubling.

A simple respsonse from the restaurant that Rob G omitted the fact that he had an infant that was causing a disturbance would have been enough.

I'm sure that " outing" the poster felt good and satisfied a basic (and natural) desire to call some one out for a wrong, it crosses a line that should not be crossed. It strikes me as unnecessarily vindictive.

Like it or not, Yelp and CH are anonymous forums. Most of us use anonymous screen names. Unless and until that systemis changed, that should be respected, even for knuckleheads who post nasty reviews and omit such pertinent details as bringing infants who misbehave to the restaurant.

If Rob G posted his last name somewhere else and I missed it, please disregard.

Italian Pork Sandwich?

Frank D's Quattro makes a good version.

I've enjoyed Pennypackers and Artu also.

Apr 16, 2015
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Frozen Four at the Garden

Mare Oyster Bar on Richmond St. is a short walk from your hotel and the Garden and is very good.

Generally not as crowded as Neptune..which I also love for food but crowds can be a turnoff.

Apr 08, 2015
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Why These Overlooked Fish May Be The Tastiest (And Most Sustainable)

I haven't had the pleasure of fresh rock cod a few minutes out of the water but I'll take your word for it..

We get some tasty stuff on the right coast too

I think I recall reading you're a retired commercial fisherman?? I'm sure you've had your share..:) of rock cod, of course.

Apr 03, 2015
9lives in Food Media & News

Why These Overlooked Fish May Be The Tastiest (And Most Sustainable)

Sounds Much better!..:) but I don't eat it anymore either.

Apr 03, 2015
9lives in Food Media & News

Why These Overlooked Fish May Be The Tastiest (And Most Sustainable)

Ha!

Would you like the Patagonian Toothfish special tonight?

Apr 03, 2015
9lives in Food Media & News

Why These Overlooked Fish May Be The Tastiest (And Most Sustainable)

This story has been around for a few years. The reality is that some fish, like dogfish just aren't very tasty. You can rebrand them and call them something else but it's still the same fish. This photo was taken in Marblehead, MA a few years ago. At the time, there was no US market for these fish and they were being shipped to Europe for low cost fish n chips. The fisherman were getting some ridiculously low price/lb. a member of the shark family, dogfish have an odd urinary system and secrete through their skin. If not treated properly, they will have an ammonia taste.

I know it's in vogue to elevate fish like these in a culinary sense, because of high costs and scarcity of more premium fish like halibut and it's important to use all our edible resources but it is rarely comparable in flavor

Best place for seafood dinner

I've had the dish at Nobu and prepared it at home.

The fish used is Black Cod/Sablefish and comes from Alaska.

I've bought it on the Boston Fish Pier and have seen it at WF and New Deal. It sells for $20+/lb

Alaskan Cod that I'm referring to sells for $10/lb at WF. It's not bad but it's not as firm fleshed or flavorful as local.

Nobu's Black Cod is made from a completely different fish than I was referring to.

Apr 02, 2015
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Best place for seafood dinner

OC, I was aware of that re NB, which is why I stated by $ volume.

Imo, lots of New Bedford scallops make for great eating.

Lots of Alaskan Pollock does not. Dutch Harbor is a great fishery but a lot of what's caught are used in processed foods like fish sticks, "fast food" fish, lesser regarded by most diners. Alaskan cod sells for much less than local cod..and isn't as tasty.

We also get fantastic halibut in the N Atlantic...as does the Pacific.

Apr 02, 2015
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Best place for seafood dinner

When I think of Boston as a fishing port, I consider the entire area which includes New Bedford and Gloucester. They both have much larger fishing fleets than Boston. New Bedford is the highest volume fishing port by $ volume in the US by a wide margin.

I don't know what % of Boston Fish Pier comes in by water vs air but I can't imagine the boat % is very high.

The waters off New England have some of the world's best Bluefin Tuna, swordfish, scallops, lobsters, oysters, codfish (lot less than some years back)

Apr 01, 2015
9lives in Greater Boston Area

The Rise of Boston: America's Next Great Food Town

Recreational,is 28". Commercial,is larger..34" too large for whole fish on a plate. The smaller strikers that we see in tanks are farm raised in MD..far inferior to the wild.

Branzino is mostly farm raised in the Med..still tasty imo

Mar 19, 2015
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Holy shnikies - great sandwich at Grassroots Cafe - Dtx - the Korean Banh Mi

I've been a fan of John for 30+ years..anxious to try that sandwich.

Mar 19, 2015
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Frank Pepe's coming to Chestnut Hill

I thought the Manchester location was excellent. If Chestnut Hillis up to that, the people of CH and visitors to the mall will be very fortunate.

Mar 14, 2015
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Hotels with decent food?

There no way Uni could handle a group that size. 5 or 6 of us did an omakase some years ago, and they didn't do a good job. I like it best for 1 or 2 people.

I've had corp catered dinners for about 20 in the hotel from Clio. While the food/service was good, the private roomwas drab and I would not use them again if it was my job to choose.

Based on my experience, I'd go with Brasserie Jo. I have to think Eastern Standard would do a great job but I've never been with a group that size.

Mar 12, 2015
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Indian Food?

Of what you mentioned, I'd go with Kashmir.. Nice atmosphere. I doubt it's the "best" Indian food in the area but it's good.

Tantric stinks.

is theTaj Cafe at the Taj..formerly Ritz Hotel?.few Indian dishes but hardly an Indian restaurant.

Mar 05, 2015
9lives in Greater Boston Area

No Mi Casa: the real scoop on Cabo eating.

You should check as to whether El Farallon is open. As of a few weeks ago, they were not, due to Hurricane Odile.

Hacieda Cocina is a very nice spot on Medano Beach.

Mariscos Mazatlan and Los Tres Islas are great casual seafood options a short walk from Medano Beach. Mazatlan is a large palapa. Tres Islas is smaller.

Birria Apatzingar is a new discover for me. next to Los Michocanos, that I mentioned above..1-2 item menu..locals only..open early, not sure whether they do dinner

Feb 25, 2015
9lives in Mexico

No Mi Casa: the real scoop on Cabo eating.

You should check as to whether El Farallon is open. As of a few weeks ago, they were not, due to Hurricane Odile.

Hacieda Cocina is a very nice spot on Medano Beach.

Mariscos Mazatlan and Los Tres Islas are great casual seafood options a short walk from Medano Beach. Mazatlan is a large palapa. Tres Islas is smaller.

Birria Apatzingar is a new discovery for me. next to Los Michocanos, a terrific place for carnitas.1-2 item menu..both locals only..open early, not sure whether they do dinner

Feb 25, 2015
9lives in Mexico

how would you describe the Boston restaurant scene to an out of towner?

BW . I age it. :)

Good toro is expensive..even not so good is expensive. It's expensive for a good reason.

Ther just isn't much of it

It only makes up a small portion of the fish. It takes a big fish..600lb+ to get even a small amount of "clean" toro...clean meaning little to none of the white stringy, unchewable pieces.. I can scrape it to s tartare but nice chunks of fatty tuna like for sashimi are not easy to come by.

I'm not eating any toro now. The yellowfin just doesn't have it...too skinny..:)

Feb 11, 2015
9lives in Greater Boston Area

how would you describe the Boston restaurant scene to an out of towner?

Of course, you and I and many others that post here can agree on that...but I can't believe how much gets bought there..and thos folk think they are eating sushi...:).. Try to get them to buy a pricey piece of toro.

Feb 11, 2015
9lives in Greater Boston Area

how would you describe the Boston restaurant scene to an out of towner?

I know I mentioned somewhere about the dramatic improvements in shipping and delivery. You can get a great piece of fish in Chicago as easily as NYC

You can also,get a mediocre fish most anywhere in the country too..:) True World has seen to that.

I remeber being in Boston in the late 70s and eating raw fish was considered very adventurous.

Now I could (i dont) pick it up at my local pharmacy..Walgreens.

I guess like many things, there is a lot of less than stellar examples and a lot of people willing to consume it.

There is still a premium grade and a percentage of people willing to seek it out. It's not that easy to find..as others here have said.

Feb 11, 2015
9lives in Greater Boston Area

how would you describe the Boston restaurant scene to an out of towner?

thx..tuna really benefits from some aging. Even longer than a few days. Fresh out of the sea, the meat is tough..some time on ice and it gets far more tender. There are also parts of the tuna, like cheek or collar, that are delicious but likely not available in your run of the mill sushi place

I find the white fish, not so much

Eel is 1 also one of my favorite items. 95% of the sushi place I frequent seem to serve the same generic eel...the other 5%... Wow

Junji had great eel.

I've never been to Japan, but I think they have restaurants that specialize in eel? I could go for that..:)

Eta, I think my marlin should be just about ready for consumption today..maybe 1 more day..:)

Feb 11, 2015
9lives in Greater Boston Area

how would you describe the Boston restaurant scene to an out of towner?

BWI touched on this before.

What makes for "great sushi?

Great quality, great variety?

As you know,I spend winter in Mexico.

I could go to a Japanese restaurant and get fish flown in from all over the world...or just catch what is best locally.

People love salmon. It's not caught anywhere near here..popular. Is that good sushi? Not to me.

I happen to love Sierra mackeral....the catch has been slow.. many people don't want to hear that and expect to see Sierra on the menu..even if it's not being caught. They will find it, as well as salmon.

I know what I want to eat, but what others mean when the say, " the sushi isn't good?"

In Boston, there's always many fish offered

Last week , yellowfin tuna. Tomorrow, marlin.

Catch of the day has meaning.

I guess I'm moving towards having 1 or 2 superb pieces of fish than a grat variety of less superb

Stone crabs in Boston restaurants?

I'll add my irrelevant stone crab story.

Some years ago, I was in Miami to take an important client to lunch. I was all set to take him to Joe's..make a good impression and eat stone crabs. You can guess what was more important..:)

The clown guy loved the Cheesecake Factory in Coconut Grove. I took him there, had a salad and then went to Joes by myself.

Pretty sure the biz relationship fizzled..just not my kind of guy. I think he got fired..as well he should have been..:)

Feb 10, 2015
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Stone crabs in Boston restaurants?

You're correct..my mistake

Feb 05, 2015
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Stone crabs in Boston restaurants?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/6124684...

Keys fisheries is great.

Most of the big steakhouse have them in season..May-Nov

Feb 05, 2015
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Best Little Restaurant, formerly Ho Yuen Ting, in Chinatown

Pretty sure they're still doing th snails.

The seafood market next door, Happy Family is one of the best...great 1-2 punch.

Feb 03, 2015
9lives in Greater Boston Area