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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.


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 Ristorante Fiorentino isn't there anymore - it was at 920 Main St in North Woburn, and has been replaced by Churrascaria Rodeo, where I'm going for dinner tonight, finally (they've been open over a *week*)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

                2. What about George D's in Stoneham that is getting a lot of discussion on the board? I haven't been yet and Italian isn't my favorite to eat out because I am very picky about it. I have eaten at Molis in Wakefield and some things are fantastic, others not so great. I have also been to Felicia's and thought it was good but that was a few years ago. I love Tonnino's in Saugus but truthfully, only for the calamari cacciatore. I don't go often and so I get the same dish every time, it is so good.

                  1. I love Kromel's Playhouse Cafe (it's got a new name but I don't know what it is) next to the theater in downtown Stoneham. It's not Italian per se but there were some nice pastas and risottos on the menu. Great menu, fresh, fabulous sides, cute room. That's my vote. I also like Molise on Main St in Wakefield very very much.

                    1. reasonably priced: Su Changs in Peabody and Border Cafe in Woburn

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                      1. re: ShelT54

                        Border cafe is AWFUL. Cliched and not done well at all. I had a decent maragarita, which I always consider the first hurdle, but then the queso was done Taco Bell style (birght orange faux cheese) and the quesadillas were too thick and tasteless. I could go on with what each person had, but no one finished anything we ordered, there was one particular appetizer you could have assaulted someone with and the server kept making very strange jokes about sponge baths. PLEASE don't waste your time.

                        1. re: trotliner

                          I would rather go to Taco Bell than "On the Border Cafe" (not to be confused with that other chain) in Woburn.

                        2. re: ShelT54

                          Love Su Chang's for Asian food. Everything is fresh; the best Mai Tais on the North Shore!.

                        3. Pellana's in Peabody, across the street from Sylvan St. Grill. Steakhouse, great fish, great wine. Boston prices, but if you want a great meal and don't want to drive to Boston it's a great choice. Try the bone-in fillet-out of this world!

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                          1. re: BillieJean

                            I'm another former Diva fan. Initially we thought we had found a way to get good Italian outside of Boston as it is very local for us. My husband was floored by the roast pork dinner with roasted potatoes and assorted veggies, loved the bread basket and salads but I always sort of struggled with my selections. Tried it a few more times with the same result. Ultimately decided the terrible service, cheesy tableware (plastic table coverings) and inconsistent quality made it impossible for us to justify the very high prices. Haven't tried Molise but will certainly make a point of it.

                            1. re: tweetie

                              I think I posted about this on anothe thread, but I was a Molis a week ago with 9 other women and had a great meal. I had the fruitti de mer, ordered it fra diavlo style and loved it. Most impressed with how the seafood was cooked, it was plentiful and the mussels were very plump and nothing was dried out. I didn't eat any of the caprese salad app. as I hate that salad out of tomato season but we also had calamari and portabello mushrooms as apps. and they were both good. A friend had the pasta with pesto and scallops and said it was very bland. Like I've said, some dishes are hit or miss. I'd probably stick with seafood in the future as the seafood alfredo I had there a while back was fantastic, the veal on another visit, was not.