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Edible Ed Nov 30, 2001 01:16 PM

Does anyone have any thoughts about this place or in comparison to Vinny Testa's? I am throwing a holiday party for 15 and cannot decide on which restaurant.

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    farber Jan 9, 2002 05:16 PM

    VT's is terrible.

    maggiano's is a great homestyle Italian joint. I like their veal cutlets, and their meat sauce is great tasting.
    Order their sausages with peppers and onions, it's great, and a bargain. I also like their vesuvian potatoes.
    for good ol homestyle Italian, this is as good as it gets.

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      Louise Dec 3, 2001 01:03 PM

      we had a company party at Maggiano's last year for about 40 folks - good time, food isn't interesting, but it isn't bad. The bar tenders were professionals.

      Vinny Testas is to be avoided, though if you have to go, have a glass of the casa del sole wine. Avoid the pasta entrees and anything with their cream sauce.

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        Roejimmy Nov 30, 2001 05:23 PM

        I planned an event there two years ago and it was a very good experience. Everyone had a great time, they did a nice job on the food, amd the atmosphere was great. The GM was very knowledgeable, and knew what he was doing. I would definitely recommend them.

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          Maura Nov 30, 2001 03:18 PM

          The food is definitely better than Vinny Testa's and I think the atmosphere is as well. Granted, it isn't gourmet Italian but I think your guests would be happy and they definitely wouldn't leave hungry. I really like the look of the restaurant and the function rooms. It takes me back to another time , sort of that Frank Sinatra thing.

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            JBM Nov 30, 2001 02:28 PM

            VTs is really, really bad. Maggianos is surprisingly good. Get ready to go family style as they insist upon it with big groups. I went and was part of a table of 18 and it worked out very well. Good place for a group. Not the best Italian in Boston but you wouldn’t expect that it would be.

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              edible ed Nov 30, 2001 02:44 PM

              I read that on their website. What exactly is "family style"? Do each member of your group select which appetizer,salad,pasta and main dish? Or do I select for the group as a whole?

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                JBM Dec 3, 2001 04:05 PM

                "Family style" means that you'll tell them how many people you have and they will "suggest" X number of appetizers, Y number of entrees, etc. Rather than ordering 10 orders of fettucini alfredo, 10 orders of something else, etc, you'll get 4 different entrees and they give you a "family size" portion of each and the table just shares. Sounds like a pain but it works pretty well. We had everyone at the table choose an app, dessert or entree so everyone got one thing they liked, and it all worked out.

                When you get there the waiter will explain it to you. They want you to do this cause it makes their lives as servers much, much easier.

                Have fun.

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              9lives Nov 30, 2001 02:15 PM

              I haven't eaten at VT..but I think the food at Maggianos is very good..for a large, chain restaurant..nice looking party rooms too.

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                rs Nov 30, 2001 01:55 PM

                food is better is Maggiano's, but it is going to cost more.

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