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Sep 7, 2005 08:53 AM

Bella Costa in Framingham??

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Has anyone been to Bella Costa in Framingham?? Is it any good?

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  1. My husband and I have been there a couple of times because we had 2 for 1 coupons. That was the only reason I returned a second time and I can't remember exactly what we had. Standard red-sauce Italian fare, some grill items. I think my husband liked the chicken parm and I remember a decent rack of lamb.

    1. I have been there a couple of times for lunch. I and my co-workers like it a lot. I don't know how long it's been there, but it has a nice old-school feel to it. Cloth table cloths and napkins and a piano by the bar. They have a bunch of lunch entrees for around $10. I really like the chicken gorgonzola and I remember one of my friends praising the salmon. I've always had good service there, and it was quick enough for a weekday lunch. I recommend it!

      1. When I worked in Framingham, I was able to get there almost weekly for lunch. I've been retired for several year now, but when I have returned, I was greeted like an old friend and my favorite dish, which wasn't on the menu was prepared for me. It's a great place for decent food at moderate prices. I expect it is a good as it has been for years.

        1. Having gone under duress a number of times over the past 15 years it has never met even my lowest expectations. Look for other options...especially if you're Italian. It's like a family owned Olive Garden.

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          1. re: pondrat

            Pondrat, I'm with you. I was amazed reading the first three posts that they were as good as they were. I live in the area and even though I am always on the lookout for good non-chain options, this place is just not good. Of the two times I have been there, once they charged me for 7 entrees with a party of four, two of whom were children. I almost died when I first looked at the total. They did quickly change it!

            1. re: edgewater

              Count me among the naysayers. It's old school Italian, which isn't my style, but even within that context, the food was just plain.... PLAIN. Bland, unimaginative. Like Edgewater, I avoid chains like the plague, but I'd hit Bertucci's any day over Bella Costa.

              1. re: GaryLovesFood

                Old school...but I'm not sure it's's more like airport terminal "eye-talian"..

                Bertucci's or Paparazzi would be a step up...

                It only reinforces the shortage of REAL italian food on or just off of Route 9.... The closest place is Alta Strada in Wellesley...but it's a totally different price point. Then there's Tomasso in the other direction.

                Wasteland in between.

                Am I missing a well kept secret ?? I've had some luck at Franco's adjacent to the Natick driving range....but very inconsistent.

            2. re: pondrat

              I agree. I went once because I had the two-for-one coupon. The food was very blah and the server was unattentive. The bread that was served with our meal was very remarkable in that it had no taste whatsoever. The veggies were overcooked and the potatoes were so salty I couldn't finish them. To make matters worse, the manager of the restaurant sat down with the table next to us and talked very loudly while the rest of the staff scrambled around trying to put our fires. Hasn't he seen Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares?

              1. re: heatherfields

                Now that you mention it heatherfields, you couldn't find a better restaurant for a Kitchen Nightmares visit.

            3. I think all the negative reviews are a little harsh. If you stick to the traditional fare it is actually decent. Nice salads too. I found the service to be OK, certainly friendly. It is what it is--nothing fancy or upscale, but not a dive either.