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Which Italian Restaurant for Sat. Nite?

I was looking Midtown East & the prices & reviews from various websites were overall pretty good. I'm open to suggestions.

Jul 17, 2014
carneyvore in Manhattan

Which Italian Restaurant for Sat. Nite?

Visiting son & meeting old school pal (5 of us in all) in Midtown East for Italian dinner. Any insights on these 4 options: DaNoi (E. 49th), Pescatore(2d Ave), Fiorini (E.56th) Morso (E. 59th)?

Jul 17, 2014
carneyvore in Manhattan

Recommendations For Casual Seafood Dining Near Boston

Capt. Mardens in Wellesley. BYOB. Fresh fish (attached to fish store), nothing fancy.

Jul 04, 2014
carneyvore in Greater Boston Area

Restaurant recs for Dennisport, Yarmouth & Harwich?

Had enjoyable dinners @ Chapin's [best of the bunch], Skipper's & Skippy's Pier 1 (lobstuh). Even Kreme & Kone was tasty, tho' cholesterol took a holiday. Lunches @ Black Cat Shack, Red Face Jack's & a nice place on the harbor in P-town whose name escapes me. Breakfast Room for omelets Sun a.m. rounded out the weekend. Thanks for the input!

Jun 24, 2014
carneyvore in Southern New England

West Roxbury

Both Masona Grill & Sofia's steakhouse are good restaurants. Inexpensive, but interesting, is the Himalayan Bistro on Centre St.

Jun 05, 2014
carneyvore in Greater Boston Area

Restaurant recs for Dennisport, Yarmouth & Harwich?

Family vacation in Dennisport middle of next month. We've been there over the years, but always looking for recs. Thoughts on Yarmouth House, Red Face Jack's Pub, The Oyster Co., Skipper, Black Sheep Bah & Grill? Anywhere else we should go? Definitely want 1 good lobstuh dinnah.

May 29, 2014
carneyvore in Southern New England

Grills in Burlington

Grills just want to have fun. Eager to see if the community can get behind non-chain restaurants.

May 28, 2014
carneyvore in Greater Boston Area

SoCal hound requesting help during stay in Weston

Bullfinch's & Prime 131 in Sudbury.

May 21, 2014
carneyvore in Greater Boston Area

Celebrating Spouse's Significant Birthday in Metro West with Italian Dinner

Thanks to the responders to date. I'm a fan of Spiga, Sweet Basil & Fiorella's. Don't understand the Chow love for Il Casale which I thought was a poor value (scanty portion, healthy price, ok, but affected service). I liked Il Capriccio, but I've heard it's inconsistent, which also is the word on La Morra. Haven't been to La Campania, but the prices seem exorbitant--it's Waltham, not Siena, FGS.

Anyone have anything good to say about Biagio's in Waltham? Keep the recs coming. Thanks!

May 05, 2014
carneyvore in Greater Boston Area

Celebrating Spouse's Significant Birthday in Metro West with Italian Dinner

What is your favorite suburban Italian restaurant that is within 1/2 hour of Needham for this Sat. nite 5/10 for party of 2? Don't want to go into Boston, but open to MetroWest or near Southern suburbs.

May 04, 2014
carneyvore in Greater Boston Area

El Centro: Awful. Boston, terrible food city.

Obviously playing the provocateur. I would agree, however, that El Centro is not a good dining experience based on my meal there. Although Boston has much to recommend in the way of restaurants, I do place it behind both Chicago & New York as a restaurant town.

Apr 21, 2014
carneyvore in Greater Boston Area

Best Italian Restaurant in North End

I've always had success @ L'Osteria on Salem St. Limoncello is ok too as is Artu on Prince St. Enjoyed Euno as well, but others disagree.

Apr 15, 2014
carneyvore in Greater Boston Area

Soliciting Input on 60th B-day dinner

Thoughts re; Tempo & Il Capriccio in Waltham & Vecchia Roma in Newton? Have been to Il Capriccio which I remember enjoying but not finding as exceptional as folks say. Worried about noise level & value @ Tempo & don't know whether Vecchia Roma is a hidden gem or an open disaster.

Apr 08, 2014
carneyvore in Greater Boston Area

Best Steak House in Boston

Abe & Louis & Grill 23 are the tops for steaks & martinis. Mooo, Capital Grill & Boston Chops are good. Smith & Wollensky & Ruth's Chris, not so much. Can't speak to Morton's.

Apr 04, 2014
carneyvore in Greater Boston Area

where to buy lamb shanks in Metro West

Now that John Dewar & Co. has shuttered both Newton & Wellesley locations, where can one buy quality lamb shanks?

Mar 30, 2014
carneyvore in Greater Boston Area

Restaurant near TD Garden for large group

In the North End, L'Osteria on Salem St. handled a party of 15 of mine last summer with aplomb. Artu on Prince St. is good too. If you want to be near the Garden because you're trying to make a game, then The Fours & Grand Canal, both on Canal St., are acceptable, if not culinarily exciting.

Mar 24, 2014
carneyvore in Greater Boston Area

Where Have All the Greek Restaurants Gone?

I've been for lunch to Taso near the Norwood airport. Very good gyros platter & friendly service. Had decent experience @ Desfina's as well. Spoiled as a former Chicagoan by that city's fabulous Greetown (Greek Islands, Santorino's et al.).

Mar 24, 2014
carneyvore in Greater Boston Area

Wellesley and vicinity

Spiga off Highland on Needham/Newton border is good Italian; Blue on Highland in Needham is decent "New American", and Dunn Gahrein is a solid, casual restaurant/bar on Eliot St. in Newton. In Wellesley, Capt. Marden's on Linden St. is simple, fresh seafood & BYOB.

Mar 17, 2014
carneyvore in Greater Boston Area

Dinner in/near Burlington - help for a NY 'hound!

Bonefish Grill & Not Your Average Joe's, both in Wayside Plaza, are decent.

Feb 10, 2014
carneyvore in Greater Boston Area

Recs near the Park Plaza

Gaslight, or to a lesser degree, Cinqacento, both on Harrison.

Jan 29, 2014
carneyvore in Greater Boston Area

What to order at Mooo tomorrow?

Sirloin strips are very flavorful. 12 oz. or 14 oz w/au poivre. They make a nice martini too.

Jan 15, 2014
carneyvore in Greater Boston Area

January 2014 Openings and Closings

A haunted location? More likely, this is what restaurateurs get for opening places that are indifferent to their patrons--maybe the thinking is that college-aged students don't merit top-notch service. Can't understand how a restaurant can open with so little reserves that it can't last until word of mouth (positive, of course)draws attention to it.

Jan 11, 2014
carneyvore in Greater Boston Area

Roslindale

I've had good dinner experiences @ Delfino & Birch St. Bistro, but West Roxbury or Jamaica Plain may be a better bet for lunch. Pleasant Cafe is passable in a retro kind of way.

Jan 09, 2014
carneyvore in Greater Boston Area

North End for 18th birthday

L'Osteria

Jan 07, 2014
carneyvore in Greater Boston Area

December 2013 Openings and Closings

Mediocre service & food. Wouldn't surprise me to see another Mexican restaurant to challenge Margarita's.

Dec 30, 2013
carneyvore in Greater Boston Area

Best steak in Boston area?

Grill 23, Abe & Louis makes an excellent steak (& martini), Mooo. All 3 are in the top tier--Capital Grille is next. Lesser steakhouses are Smith & Wollensky & Ruth's Chris. Haven't been to Del Friscos or Mortons.

Dec 30, 2013
carneyvore in Greater Boston Area

North End Boston

L'Osteria, Artu, Limoncello

Dec 08, 2013
carneyvore in Greater Boston Area

Best "classic" martini

Can't go wrong with Oak Bar, Abe & Louis or the former Ritz Bar. Terrific martini @ Black Pearl in Newport, but a bit too far to drive, I guess.

Nov 25, 2013
carneyvore in Greater Boston Area

Brasserie Jo or Tico

Haven't been to Tico, but have been several times to Brasserie Jo. Very dependable. If you're arriving @ happy hour, take advantage of complimentary appetizers @ bar.

Nov 06, 2013
carneyvore in Greater Boston Area

3 Squares in Needham. Anyone been?

Nice & clean inside. Waitress was pleasant & attentive. Food was fairly priced & perfectly ordinary. Cup of clam chowder was tasty, but grilled cheese that advertises 3 cheeses & a fancy bread was served on white bread as best as I could tell. My companion had steak tips and said they were fine, but not best ever. Dunn Gahrin nearby is a better bet for lunch. Haven't been for bkft.; certainly a step up from Bickfords.

Oct 11, 2013
carneyvore in Greater Boston Area