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HELP! La torta ricotta e pere

I was hoping to hear it was delicious as well. I enjoyed a slice of this pear torta every day that I spent in Minori and have had this recipe bookmarked to try to attempt to recreate that moment. I plan on making this in the next few weeks and will keep you posted.

Mar 28, 2013
KarenKL in Home Cooking

Looking for the best Pumpkin Muffin recipe

Kudos to Caitlin McGrath for her recipe. Made it this weekend with a combo of whole wheat and white flour and they came out AWESOME. Poured half the batter into mini muffin tins, and the rest in standard muffin tins, and they were perfect for Sunday morning brunch. Still enjoying the MOIST leftovers 2 1/2 days later.

Oct 13, 2009
KarenKL in Home Cooking

Private dining 10-15 in Boston (not Cambridge)

All - I've already read through dozens of posts on this board but still need help finding the right private dining location in Boston (not Cambridge.)

I will have 15 people max on a Thursday or Friday night in early May. I'm looking for private, or even semi-private dining if it's quiet enough. Price isnt the main issue. Looking for something cool and hip. I dont want a traditional, "old Boston" dining establishment.

I have calls into Pops, Rocca and Gaslight based on feedback from other posts on this board. Silvertone's room is too big. I read lots of good suggestions on this board for Cambridge (Salts, Sandrine, Small Plates) but I really want something in Boston. Also looked into Clink but the space just didnt seem right.

Currently I'm looking into a sit down dinner but I'd be open to lots of apps and drinks if the space was right.

The 15 people attending the dinner are coming together for the first time - all new business associates -- so it's not like I'm planning a family get-together or graduation dinner where we have a dynamic of young and old guests to accommodate. ALooking for impressive and funky, yet quiet enough for business conversation.


Mar 23, 2009
KarenKL in Greater Boston Area


I read it would be next to Violette Imports at 1 Belmont Street.

Feb 21, 2008
KarenKL in Greater Boston Area

NYC Hounds~First Visit to Chicago~HELP!

I'm a Boston Chowhound, who used to live in NYC, and just returned from Labor Day weekend in Chicago. Here's some recommendations based on our trip:

Dinner at Sweets & Savories ( was very yummy. Husband had the kobe burger, duck fat frites, and I went with the asparagus risotto and charcucherie plate.

Dinner another night at Adobo Grill in Old Town. Writing about the table side guac, chicken enchiladas and signature margaritas are making my mouth water as I type.

We had brunch at 505 Zest in the Intercontinental which I would not recommend.

And for deep dish we did Giordano's across from the Sears Tower. Takes 40 minutes to cook, but well worth it.

Oh, and we made sure to try the "Italian beef" at Wrigley Field with "giardineria". Soooo greasy but tender and good.

Sep 05, 2007
KarenKL in Chicago Area

Good Eats In Watertown/Cambridge Area?

Wow -- i am sensing either a lot of Chowhounds in the Belmont/Watertown area or maybe just Chowhounds travel to the burbs for good eats? We need to organize a local Chowhound get together at one of these eateries, i think....

Jun 27, 2007
KarenKL in Greater Boston Area

Good Eats In Watertown/Cambridge Area?

I'll second UnCommon Grounds on Mt Auburn Street, and make sure you check out The Select Cafe at the corner of School Street and Belmont Street.

Jun 26, 2007
KarenKL in Greater Boston Area

Savino's Grill

I's about time!!!!

Yes, one of the "main drags" in Belmont is Trapelo Road, and the Cushing Square intersection is Trapelo Road and Common Street. Savinos is one block down Common Street (you'll see the fabulous Vicki Lee's on the corner of the street.)

Apr 27, 2007
KarenKL in Greater Boston Area

Savino's Grill

Has anyone tried Savino's Grill in Belmont yet? On Common Street off Trapelo Road.

Opened last week. I stopped in there Saturday to pick up a gift certificate, and the place was VERY VERY noisy and 90% full. The bar is in the center of the room, kind of awkward. Not a huge menu, but I am intrigued by it since Belmont has never had an upscale dining scene.

Apr 23, 2007
KarenKL in Greater Boston Area

Restaurant Week review: Great Bay

It's been years since Great Bay opened in the Hotel Commonwealth, but I just hadn't made it there yet. Took advantage of Restaurant Week to check it out.

I was surprised at how many couples were at the restaurant, yet seated at tables for 4. There was a lack of "tables for two".

The soft rolls to start with were warm and delicious. Servers were attentive regularly refilling water. We had to tell one gentleman to stop trying to refill our sparkling water with still from his pitcher. That got a little annoying since the sparkler bottle sat very visible on our table.

My husband ordered the clam chowder which was flavorful, but very thin. The mussel appetizer was fantastic with some of the largest mussel's I've ever seen.

We both order the wild mushroom and brioche stuffed chicken which was delicious, but the polenta which it sat upon was a bit thick and resembled mashed potatoes.

The chocolate peanut butter smore was a great ending -- very sweet. And we enjoyed the suggested wine pairings as well.

All in all a good meal, but not great. Glad we finally got around to trying this restaurant.

Mar 05, 2007
KarenKL in Greater Boston Area