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Trata-Harvard Square, Pleasant Experience!

Stopped into Trata on Mt. Auburn Street in Harvard Square last night for a casual pre-theater dinner with a few friends. I was a bit apprehensive as I'd read the less-than-stellar reviews on this board . . . but our experience couldn't have been better! The menu is focused on pizza, sandwiches, and salads, but they also have a few entrees on their regular menu and a nice selection of nightly specials. Our group ordered a few salads, two pizzas (the artichoke-mushroom and a simple margarita), the pulled-pork panini, and the lump crabmeat-avocado panini. We also enjoyed a nice bottle of Chilean Cabernet (the wine selection was better than I expected). Add to this a very warm/cozy atmosphere (the bar is especially inviting), and what's not to like? If you're looking for a casual place with a reasonably-priced menu to grab a quick bite to eat and a nice glass of wine, Trata fits the bill. I'll definitely be back.

Petit Robert Bistro

I agree with mpd that Petit Robert is a wonderful place. We could use more restaurants like this in Boston--cozy, inviting atmosphere; well-prepared, interesting food; and reasonable prices. Just went there for lunch and had the Fromage Risotto with Mushroom Stew (out of this world) along with the Vegan Pate appetizer (also excellent). My dining companion ordered the fish of the day (Halibut Amandine) and likewise proclaimed it to be delicious. They offer a good selection of wines by-the-glass, an enticing dessert menu, and simple but tastefully pleasant decor. I found it to be the perfect place to wile away a couple of hours in true European fashion! Will definitely go back.