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Looking for ideas in the Peabody, Reading Woburn area for dinner

I'm meeting some foodie friends in the Peabody, Reading, Woburn area for dinner and need a suggestions. I was thinking about Italian. A friend recommended Ristorante Fiorentino, but I can find very little information about it. Has it changed its name? Do other recoomend it? Other suggestions?

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  1. Try Angelo's Ristorante in Stoneham on Main Street. Looks like a sub shop on entering - but go to the right, and there's a beautiful dining room.

    Here's a review from the Phoenix. Call ahead - I think they now have a liquor license, which means no BYOB.

    http://www.bostonphoenix.com/archive/...

    1. Tre Monte in Woburn Center is very good; a mix of reasonably priced Northern and Southern Italian entrees can be found there.

      Also, I hear that Felicia's in Stoneham is excellent. Two people I know say it's one of the best Italian restaurants north of Boston.

      One place to avoid is Kitty's in North Reading, by the way. :-)

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      1. re: hiddenboston

        I don't know why but I seemto crap out in the Italian food scene. I haven't been particularly impressed withthe food at either Tre Monte or Felicia's. I have had pretty good food at Ristorante Molise in Stoneham though.

        I'd recommend Savory Taste in Reading- nice spot, interesting upscale food. A more "happening" spot is Venetian Moon in Reading but it was too happening for us when we tried to go there- loud fun crowd drinking lots of martinis.

        1. re: Chris VR

          Chris - isn't Ristorante Molise in Wakefield? Or did they open another branch in Stoneham?

          1. re: LindaWhit

            Whoops! You are right. Sorry, had a little brain vacation there.

      2. Ristorante Fiorentino isn't there anymore - it was at 920 Main St in North Woburn, and has been replaced by Churrascaria Rodeo, where I'm going for dinner tonight, finally (they've been open over a *week*)

        Ditto on Tre Monte in Woburn Center - I've never had a bad meal there. Sichuan Garden II in North Woburn near Rt 128 is also very good - not your typical suburban Chinese.

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        1. re: Bob Geary

          Please tell us how Churrascaria Rodeo is in a new post, Bob!

          1. re: Bob Geary

            I also haven't made it to Churrascaria Rodeo, but did get a quick look in. Seems like they kept some of the decoration, have a full bar, and the manager worked at the Midwest Grill before. The buffet looked nice, a lot like cafe belo with granite, etc. Definately putting some effort into it and I hope the food shows that. Sort of strange they used the rodeo spelling as its rodeio in portuguese. Enjoy tonight!

          2. In Peabody my fav was always the great Portugese place O Fado - but alas I haven't been there in over 5 years. Don't know if it's still there and still great.

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            1. re: chowrottie

              O Fado changed name and menu (not certain if it changed ownership). I think they still offer some Portuguese food, but its not the same. There is a restaurant in Wakefield/Reading that has Portuguese food that is better these days. Firebull (Brazilian Churrascaria/Rodezio) is still in downtown Peabody.

              1. re: itaunas

                Is the place in Wakefield Porto Bello? I love that place, especially their piri piri shrimp.

              2. re: chowrottie

                I too was a big fan of O Fado's. I haven't been to its replacement, but have found a small, immaculate place with very good Portugese food: Trackside Bar & Grill 30 Warren St Peabody. My foodie friend's haridresser's cousin recommended it (how Houndish is that?) My family loved the steak in mustard sauce. I still need to go back and try the pork and clams. I recommended the place to someone at work - they went back 3 times in one week. The downside: next to no legal parking in the area. But this is a strong contender to fill in those O FAdo cravings.

              3. Fiorentino is now La Stanza Diva in Woburn Center (still on Main st). I won't recommend it unless you are a party of 6 or more. They treat smaller parties as irritants. The food is still great but the service is atrocious. They couldn't wait to get me and my wife out of there so they could free our table up for a larger party. They've also moved us after our first course arrived. We started going there when we were dating in 1992 but it has lost ALL of its charm. A miserable experience and I'll never go back - a fomer loyal customer.

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                1. re: egh3

                  So funny, we had a similar experience and I was so shocked by how bizarre that place is. The decore is insane, the menu is huge and had so many varied things I was skeptical of how fresh it all was...a lot of wild game...our dinner was okay, appetizer was great, they made a mistake on my entree and had to make a new order and it was just okay. I would go back simply because I couldn't stop saying "What the h---???"

                  1. re: 4chowpups

                    I completely agree with the above posts on Fiorentino, the only thing about the huge menu is that they were all the same basic ingredients just different prep and sauces. The interior was wild, and the ginormous bowl of gummy bears at the entrance could not have been sanitary, I don't know how they got that one past the health inspector. I am going to wait to until next week to try the new place, I have high hopes....