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Aug 4, 2006 02:24 PM

Thoughts on Sage vs. Prezza (North End)?

My husband and I are coming from Brooklyn to Boston to celebrate our anniversary in the North End, where we got engaged many years ago. I did some searches on Chowhound, Zagats, etc., and narrowed it down to two choices: Sage and Prezza. Anyone care to comment on theses places, i.e., which one is better? Any special dishes to order? Thanks in advance, 'hounds!

P.S. Our dinner will be on a Tuesday, so the crowdedness factor at Sage might be lessened.

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  1. IMHO, this is a no-brainer. It's Sage by a fairly wide margin. Not to put down Prezza, because the food there is very good, but Sage borders on genius at times.

    1. Oh, you also asked for recommended dishes. Well, Chef Susi is an expert with rabbit. He has a gnocchi with morel mushrooms entree that incredible, and a crispy rabbit with saffron risotto that's hard to resist. Another entree I enjoy is his braised short ribs. My fav appetizers include his sweetbreads (not for everyone, I know, but I love 'em), the lobster poached in butter, and the soft shell crabs when they're available.

      1. Sorry to be a content hog, but forgot to mention that the gnocchi with morels also has pulled rabbit in it. Kind of an important ingredient for a rabbit dish.:)

        1. If you are planning your visit for Aug 15 or 22, it is Restaurant week(s) in Boston. If you pick Sage, they are taking part and will be extremely busy. I don't think that I would find that to be so romantic.

          1. If you want a more "happening" scene and a spacious room, Prezza woud be the choice (that menu looks so good to me). Pick Sage if you want a cosier atmosphere. Food is good at both IMHO. But as someone said, Sage is part of Rest. Week if you're talking Aug. 15 or 22 and likely booked.