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Help me understand New Haven Pizza!!

All good info! Thanks. We will be in NH for the Easter weekend to visit our Yalie.

Gotta say this--all of the NH dialect --is pretty local.

We lived in Italy and have traveled that nation extensively.

And the mootz, apeetza etc...is not vocabulary used...though entertaining.

I should think similar words for Polish foods, Germans foods, etc etc have all been changed by the locals, adapted by those with accents other than the mother tongue etc.

Thanks for the NH pizza culture education. I think we may take Pipenta's advice and go for Bar instead of Pepe's....we will see what the group wants ...and I am cutting/pasteing Pipenta's review to my fam.

Mar 22, 2012
fogfog in Southern New England

New Haven Pizza Tour

A great thread. I was so so sad to read grubberomissed the big NHPT and what a tribut to read about hte group going and enjoying the fruits of his research.

We too have a student at Yale--and i grew up eating great pizza in northern NJ...
Several years ago our family lived in Italy for a year. We have also spent numerous vacations there.
So planning over the Easter weekend to visit said Yalie and go for pizza

How early on a Saturday do we have to be in line at Pepe's?

Has anyone done takeout and does that work well--meaning do take out back to the hotel to hang out and watch a movie....Do their pies travel well?

Mar 22, 2012
fogfog in Southern New England

Brunch at tthe Omni Hotel - New Haven

I realize this is an old thread..and wanted to ask..
Has anyone eaten at the omni for the Easter Brunch in recent years?
The price is $42 a head. No champagne/bloody mary. Just coffee/juice.

We will be in town for a few days and have made a reservation.
Is there something better?

Mar 21, 2012
fogfog in Southern New England

Solomons Island/Calvert County Dining

Well we ate at Zahnisers Dry Dock.
Had a great meal- bacon wrapped scallops on a bed of risotto (with crabmeat) The view was lovely, the meal was terrific.

Thanks for the recs.
As for raw bar--we did that ealier in the trip (in PHL)

Solomons Island/Calvert County Dining

Realizing this is an older thread..yet seems to be the only one for the area.
We will be staying in Lexington Park, and visiting St Mary's this coming week. I realize it's mid march and so things might be "seasonally closed"

Looking for raw bar options, soft shell crab etc.
Thanks for any updates.

New Haven : need recs for variety and a great seafood/raw bar?/lobsters

Hi All

Well Irene made the trip to CT eventful....and we missed being able to co to the coast for dinner Sat night because we were on the last plane out of Hartford...
Thurdsday night we ate at Pacifico. Had an excellent meal...except for the oysters/raw. They were watery and lacked flavor.
The apps, mains and desserts etc were all great however.
Did ask for them to turn down the music.
The place seemed kind of slow for a Thursday night. idk...

Ate at Lalibela fri evening...easy walk for our student from Old Campus and our younger student was craving Ethiopian food. So I canclled the Bentara reserv and hope to do that next trip.

Hope to get to Liv's or one of the other recs...I think Old Saybrook is quite the ride from New Hven for dinner, isn't it?

Thanks Again Chowhounds.

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Bentara
76 Orange Street, New Haven, CT 06510

Pacifico Restaurant
220 College Street, New Haven, CT 06511

Sep 02, 2011
fogfog in Southern New England

New Haven : need recs for variety and a great seafood/raw bar?/lobsters

Thanks for the replies. I have been googling the whole area and seems that seafood -fried--is easy to come by and not raw bar ;o( or at least not as easily found.

Any thoughts on Pacifico?

Might try the place, Skappo, as we used to live in Umbria.

Have eaten at LaLibela and it was good.

I forget the name of the place where we had seafood 18 months ago--was on the water and the food was definitely overrated...and service was slow and lacking...it was on the water and we took a cab from the Omni...

Thanks for the thoughts...really wants some cold water shellfish we can find it

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Pacifico Restaurant
220 College Street, New Haven, CT 06511

Aug 19, 2011
fogfog in Southern New England

New Haven : need recs for variety and a great seafood/raw bar?/lobsters

So do I assume this particular board is slow--or that there isn't a good raw bar around? I know New Haven is MUCH smaller than Boston or Phl, I just have found my fellow chowhounds pretty good with great recs...
sigh
had hoped for some great clams/oaysters on the half shell next week

Aug 15, 2011
fogfog in Southern New England

New Haven : need recs for variety and a great seafood/raw bar?/lobsters

We'll be in New Haven area -- and will have vehicle.
I read older threads and realize places come/go.

Need dinners for 3 nights.
We may try and get back to the Ethiopian place in town - we enjoyed dinner there on our last trip.

Our last visit we had a meal at a place on the water--it's food was pretty marginal, as was service...perhaps because we ate downstairs? (the upstairs bar was packed/ dining room near empty--this was 18 months ago/March)

So if there anything along the coast there for great raw bar and lobsters etc...
I was just in PHL for 3 nights and we ate at The Oyster House which totally rocked on raw bar..

Also best recs for anything-- basically looking for 3 great meals.

From best local dives to open ended tab...

Thanks

Aug 13, 2011
fogfog in Southern New England

2 Nights in PHL: Need separate recs for excellent seafood, and a great steak. Staying near UPenn.

Had lunch at New Deck Tavern. Great Rueben. Mediocre fries.
Sat Dinner at Oyster House. Terrific Raw Bar Sampler with a variety of oysters, chilled lobster etc. Apricot/peach crumble was terrific.
Sun dinner at Barclay Prime. Nice cocktails, good wine list. Fabulous meal. Among 3, we tried oysters, lobster bisque, chopped salad, wedge salad with crab, steaks, lobster, the marble potatos, and lemon panna cotta etc etc. $500.

Jul 25, 2011
fogfog in Philadelphia

2 Nights in PHL: Need separate recs for excellent seafood, and a great steak. Staying near UPenn.

Have eaten at several Ruth Chris, and the Palm in Wash DC and Orlando.

Is Del Friscos a stand alone family place or multi-city establishment? Union Trust? Would be nice to eat at a "local" place, kwim?
Sat night we will want a relaxed meal, I will check on the Oyster House. Thanks

Jul 19, 2011
fogfog in Philadelphia

2 Nights in PHL: Need separate recs for excellent seafood, and a great steak. Staying near UPenn.

Thanks everyone. I appreciate the help.
The grandparent will want a drink/wine so will check out Fish too

Jul 19, 2011
fogfog in Philadelphia

2 Nights in PHL: Need separate recs for excellent seafood, and a great steak. Staying near UPenn.

Will be flying in for a birthday dinner--need a rec for a steakhouse.
We are staying near the UPenn campus and will travel by cab.
Have another night for a meal. Perhaps something for great seafood?
As mentioend, we will only travel by cab as we will have a grandparent with us, so nothing in the burbs please.

Thanks

Jul 07, 2011
fogfog in Philadelphia

August Restaurant Week 2010

Any links for participating venues?

1+ days in NYC, 3 meals...Ethiopian? Turkish? Sushi?

Will be staying at about 200 block West 79th/ish/Hayden and we'll be
visiting Columbia Univ. both late afternoon fo the first day and most of the second day.

We have one lunch (relaxed) and one dinner (relaxed) that won't be pressed between commitments...

Need not be pricey/fancy

We are in Fl now so wo when we get to Boston/NYC/Wash DC we take advantage of what we are missing.

Your thoughts?

Feb 16, 2010
fogfog in Manhattan

Friendly Toast, Green Street Grill, and Miracle of Science

Ate at these three hound recs..

The Friendly Toast--had a fabulous breakfast there Fri am...no wait--and I was glad we chose to try it Fri as the waitress said Sat am waits range from 45min to 1.5 hrs!
My son tried the King Pancakes--(side of bacon) with bananas, choc chips, and peanut butter spread between, topped with whipped cream...He needed the calories to row the Charles..and loved them. I had the Eggs Benny--juice and a pot of Earl Grey which was great and the side of potatos...VERY YUMMY!

Had a fabulous meal at Green Street on Friday evening...
We shared the grilled octopus for an app. and the vodka martini was great.
My son had the hangar steak which was excellent, as was my pan roasted duck over roasted kale. (The chef traded the spaghetti squash for kale by request)
My son's apple tart was excellent, and the better choice, the ricotta fritters were ok--yes very light and not at all greasy and yes drizzled with a semi-sweet chocolate hazelnut sauce....but of the two desserts, the tart was better only because I had hoped for more presence of the ricotta. Service was excellent and we will definitely eat there again when back in the Boston-Cambridge area.

Miracle of Science--
We had a great breakfast Sat am...Fun, simple place--and the design your own omlett plate is terrific. The side potatos are fabulous...and fresh juice is a welcome refreshing option. We arrived after 9am and the place was just starting to fill, so we had no wait.

Three great recs within walking of LeMeridien and all will definitely stay on our list for the next visit.

Chowhounds ROCK!!
Thanks so much.

Oct 20, 2009
fogfog in Greater Boston Area

There is a reason why Amelia's Trattoria gets bad reviews!

I was looking for a place I could get a reserv--and within walking from Le Meridien..and the reviews on Zagats online were ok--so I rolled the dice on it.

The hounds were right--absolutely right.

Open Table sent me a form for a review and I was only sorry that I had so little space to respond.

Oct 20, 2009
fogfog in Greater Boston Area

There is a reason why Amelia's Trattoria gets bad reviews!

We were in Cambridge. When I think more about it--I am so annoyed to have paid so much for such a bad meal and poor service. I should give them a D...

Oct 19, 2009
fogfog in Greater Boston Area

There is a reason why Amelia's Trattoria gets bad reviews!

We just returned from dinner this evening.

I made the reserv via Open Table--and when we arrived they were moving tables around because "a large party had just cancelled"...

We got our table soon enough but then they continued to move tables which was very noisy in such a small place.

While taking our order-- my dinner companion remarked how the waitor "corrected " his Italian--which we thought funny since he learned to speak Italin as a child and has perfect pronuciation...the waiter was wrong--but whatever...

Our salads arrived--and were heavy on the oil and low on the acid--pretty unbalanced. They were also the same size as the ceasar salad "split" for the two ladies next to us....so in essense...either we overpaid for salad or they got a bonus.

When the entrees arrived--they brought me the wrong thing--but quickly changed it.
My entree was supposed to be Chicken Milanese--- which was decidedly NOT Milanese ....While I am not an expert on all things Italian--NEVER is Milanese served with a chunky tomato sauce and mozz/parm on top---this was probably the kitchens rendition of a chicken parm.
My dinner companions pasta witha short rib Bol. was fine for what it was described to be.

The wait staff completely forgot about us and I was never asked if I wanted wine with dinner etc... and we had to nurse the water glasses because once the tables got busy we never saw the water pitcher again.

When the dessert order arrived--my dinner companion received the wrong item...and the apple tart I order had maybe two tiny slices of apple--Truly I had to search!

Two other things stand out--They charged me $12 for a martini (I had paid just under $7 the night before at Green Street Grill) and
when the tab first arrived, and I put my AmEX on it--and asked if the martini charge was correct--I noticed that when the bill returned with a pen etc the "comment card" which had been put in with the bill previously was removed!

So I left them comments on the back of the tab...

All in all a disappointing meal and service. I would NOT recommend it...even if someone else writing/reading the restaurant guide beginning with a Z had a good meal on occassion ...

food C-
service C-

Oct 17, 2009
fogfog in Greater Boston Area

Thoughts on...Basta Pasta or Bertuccis ?

Thanks for your help!
Also thanks for the link ;o)

Oct 08, 2009
fogfog in Greater Boston Area

Holy Moley!! Next weekend is Parents weekend for BU, MIT and ??? Head of the Charles

Thanks. Good suggestions.
I was thinking I was so clever by planning on staying behind MIT, knowing that BU had a big parent weekend in the mix...and wanted to not be too close to the water...but seems it will be lively everywhere ;o)

Oct 08, 2009
fogfog in Greater Boston Area

Thoughts on...Basta Pasta or Bertuccis ?

Ok Reading from reviews on google..in various venues leads me to believe for Basta Pasta

zero atmosphere
homey food
very inexpensive

So even if its not the "foodiest"...how will this be for a carb loading dinner?

A student at MIT recommends Bertuccis....

We are doing steak etc at Green Street Grill Fri night...

Are we better just taking the T to the northend and taking a chance there with a busy parents weekend/tourists/regatta crowds?
We are el dente kind of people (lived in Italy) but if I have to go to the line of Olive Garden food for the sake of eating at all that weekend...sigh..we will..
If I can--I would prefer to make a reserv today or tom and have a table...

What say ye? ;o)

Oct 08, 2009
fogfog in Greater Boston Area

Amelia S Trattoria?

Thanks
Glad I asked--as I read it renovated its dining room...but I am not finding current food reviews...

Oct 08, 2009
fogfog in Greater Boston Area

Amelia S Trattoria?

Not finding current reviews of this place---
Is this open and how is it---?

Oct 08, 2009
fogfog in Greater Boston Area

Holy Moley!! Next weekend is Parents weekend for BU, MIT and ??? Head of the Charles

Coming into town for the regatta with our teen son--who rows Sunday...

I dont know which other area schools have parent weekend--I hear possibly Holy Cross...but thats 45 min from downtown....

Well....after hearing that---I now have a reserv at Green Street for Fri....Dear son looked over the online menu and liked what he saw....

and need to find one for Saturday--I just can't wait to try for a table if its going to be that busy...

Anyone tried Amelia S Trattoria near Kendal Sq? for Italian...

Oct 08, 2009
fogfog in Greater Boston Area

Decent Steak? Near MIT/Central?

Thanks so much for the ideas...we are a party of 2--a tall teen boy and a mom ;o)

Oct 08, 2009
fogfog in Greater Boston Area

Decent Steak? Near MIT/Central?

will take a look at Abe andLouies menu if itsonline---
Dear son choose Green street over Central...from menu description of the steak...lol

Oct 05, 2009
fogfog in Greater Boston Area

Head of the Charles Regatta

Dear Son nixed Neptune Oyster in favor of a steak at Green Street--so thats on the initerary one night...
as is The Friendly Toast for breakfast---went to the website and he has looked at that amazing menu...
hoping its not a long walk

Love chowhounds and the web....
sooo helpful

Oct 05, 2009
fogfog in Greater Boston Area

Decent Steak? Near MIT/Central?

Thanks so much. I think we are getting a handle on options in this neighborhood. In March we stayed in Downtown Crossing...and here at Chow everyone helped very much. A great community!
Between the posts on the two threads, we arein good shape. ;o)

Oct 03, 2009
fogfog in Greater Boston Area

Decent Steak? Near MIT/Central?

The weekend of the Head of the Charles...where is the likeliest place to find a decent steak meal...but not be at the mercy of say Ruths Chris or KO?
I just want to feed a big eater/teen boy ...

I am thinking Fri night we will venture out and havent decided if we will try again to get into Neptune Oyster Fri night--since the last time we were in town,in March, they were packed the night we tried to get in there....

but wondering with crowds etc...best place to eat Sat night ....we're staying at Le Meridien....so would you say stay there and eat at Sidney's?

He races EARLY Sunday am...

Thanks

Oct 03, 2009
fogfog in Greater Boston Area