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Rehearsal Dinner/Brunch Newburyport Area

Hi All,
I'm a frequent lurker on this board - always appreciate all of your thoughtful reviews and opinions!! I'm planning a wedding in October in Ipswich and our guests will be staying in Newburyport (wanted to give them a real New England experience since most are from out of town and Salem is BOOKED in October). I'm looking for recommendations for a rehearsal dinner for about 60 people and also for brunch for about 20 in the general vicinity of Newburyport. It would be great to be right in Newburyport, but for the right place I would definitely leave town... For dinner I am thinking upscale New England fare. Any help is appreciated!!

Jun 17, 2009
MLT in Greater Boston Area

North End with Visiting Girlfriends

We ended up at Limoncello on Saturday night, and I'm glad I took your advice! While the restaurant was a little bit loud and crowded (and also therefore pretty warm), it made for a festive atmosphere in which to enjoy a delicious meal.

I'm not sure if he's the owner or not, but Maurizio greeted us and apologized profusely that our table wasn't ready in time for our reservation. We were sent to the back of the restaurant to wait (only ~10minutes) with glasses of wine on the house. He spent a few minutes chatting about Italy with us when he showed us to our table, and then also came over with a couple of rounds of the homemade limoncello after we were finished eating. He was very welcoming and really added to our North End experience.

We had the stuffed artichoke, which was tasty but could have been hotter in temperature. We also split the lobster ravioli as an appetizer. It had good flavor and the pasta was just the right level of doneness - not gummy. I had the veal marsala entree and enjoyed it thoroughly - tender and flavorful.

Not sure where the preferred parking is on that street - we valet parked at Mamma Maria's (told the valet we had a reservation there) for $15, which is $5 less than I've paid on Hanover Street in the past.

After dinner we hit Modern Pastry for cannoli - shells were crisp and the cream was the perfect level of sweetness.

Thanks again for your recos!

Nov 06, 2006
MLT in Greater Boston Area

It Rains Finshes - Winchester?

I had takeout from It Rains Fishes last year for Thai and was not impressed. I tried two different noodle dishes, and found both to be just average. I haven't been back since. China Sky in downtown Winchester has very good sushi - living just a couple miles from there this has become my go-to sushi place.

Nov 03, 2006
MLT in Greater Boston Area

Silvertone's Comfort Food

I love the meatloaf! I have heard rave reviews of their macaroni & cheese as well, but the one time I tried it I found it to be quite dry and lacking in flavor.

Nov 03, 2006
MLT in Greater Boston Area

North End with Visiting Girlfriends

Thanks all! I agree with the food being just decent at Euno - I just like the atmosphere. I haven't been to Limoncello, so I think I will might try it for something new.

One other question - what do you guys think about Carmen as an option? I haven't been, but I've heard great things.

Nov 01, 2006
MLT in Greater Boston Area

North End with Visiting Girlfriends

I know that the North End question gets asked frequently on this board, but I have two girlfriends visiting this weekend from out of town and am trying to decide on a place for catching up with good friends over great Italian and lots of red wine. I'm looking for North End atmosphere, but somewhat quiet. I was thinking about Euno - any other recommendations?

Thanks in advance for revisiting this old topic!

Oct 31, 2006
MLT in Greater Boston Area