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Mar 9, 2000 08:32 AM

Uva? Or another choice?

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I am coming to Boston for a single night next weekend and was thinking about a dinner at Uva. The wine sounds outstanding, but I have heard some rumblings about the food, and also understand there may be a new chef. Anyone have any current thoughts on the place? Alternatively, is there something else I should try? I'm looking for a fairly nice meal, but I don't want to spend a fortune - say $100-$120 for two all-in with an inexpensive bottle of wine.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

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  1. Dinner for two at most ethnic places (diners in C-town, kosher in B-line, mideastern in Central Sq.) will run you $25-45 all-in for two, and a good bottle of Thunderbird can be had for $2.67.

    Can't recall hitting the "$100" mark in a LONG time. I think it was atop Seattle's Space Needle...or some such similar place in Boston or Chicago. Um, no -- come to think of it, even THERE, we only hit $85.

    Of course, you MIGHT want a slightly better wine. #:o)

    Actually, the only reason I opened my yap here is to ask: what/where is this "Uva"?? Spanish? Italian?

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    1. re: julie id

      Re, sorry, but I'm afraid I don't know my Boston, but UVA is on Commonwealth in Brighton, as I understand it. By rumor, it is Cal-Ilalian with a wine focus - everything is $10 over wholesale.

      As far as cost, I'm from New York, so forgive my jaded perspective. I guess I figure a $20 entree and $10 on appetizers/dessert each. Then a $25 bottle of wine, you're at $85, plus tax and tip. In NYC, this is normal, with the opportunity to spend much more at the top places.

      Of course, ethnic food or other 'cheap eats' are another story. I guess my presumption was that, given one night, I was better off trying something more in the "haute" category in order to see the local scene. If there is a local ethnic bent that is especially good, please let me know!


      1. re: TSR

        > forgive my jaded perspective

        Nah -- I was just joshin'. I imagine prices in Boston are pretty much in the same range. My idea of "haute couture" is getting MAYO on my gyros....

        I make a beeline towards Chinatown -- or some similar "ethnic" quarters -- any time I'm in a new city. For someone from New York, though, Boston C-town would be a big letdown. I'm *from* here, but I consider it about the worst C-town of any city I've been to. I have a few places I like -- and there's some good Vietnamese places lately -- but as a whole, the area's just none too impressive.

        Actually, if you're new to Boston and you're into Italian, a far better idea would be the NORTH END, which would combine your interests with my logic.

        Someone else here could tell you what the key restaurants are there (I've been gone too long). They would indeed prolly be around $100 with some nice a fairly classy setting. Or $28 in some calzone dive.

        Again, Boston's North End prolly can't compare to Little Italy, but it is one of the nicer areas to dine here. And one of its other advantages is that you can then walk the 4-5 blocks to Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market, which is actually the FIRST stop of many visitors. It's a fun place to just stroll around, and maybe catch desert. You'll often get some kind of musician or "street" act performing on the steps.

        1. re: julie id


          In my opinion, the North End is far superior to little Italy in both food and decor. Even before I moved to the North End I had been disappointed by little Italy's food both times I visited. While Little Italy is a fun and festive place, the North End is equally, if not more so, and much more charming. But again, I am a bit biased and I had no direction or recomendation when I went to Little Italy.

          I definitely recomend the North End to an out-of-towner. Poor restuarants can't really survive in the North End, so you're likely to find something good. The more established places: Mamma Maria's, Dom's, Marcuccio's, Terramia are all fantastic. Beware good location. Places like Fontinas and Villa Francesca simply rely on their location and have pretty mediocre food.


    2. What I would ordinarily try to do in the case of an "out of towner" asking for advice about Boston restaurants would be to privately forward a few reviews of outstanding Boston restaurants and offer them to look at for Globe reviews. For example -the Globe just ran a critical review on Truc and Harvest.

      You did not include a valid email address so it's hard to take you seriously.


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      1. re: Tord

        Out of curiousity I ran a search of the Boston Globe dinning reviews for Uva and found nothing. This nothing is indicative that the Globe staff either doesn't think Uva is worth reviewing or that nobody is telling them what sort of place they are missing.

        On other reviewing sites Uva is listed as being known for its wine selections --not so much for its food. You could get out of places like Radius or Truc at two for $100 --and have critically evaluated top Boston-rate food.