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Gemelli Moody st. Waltham, any recs?

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catspercapita Oct 7, 2006 03:49 AM

Walked by Gemelli's on Moody st Friday night. We went in but couldn't pull the trigger on staying. We took a menu and it looks standard red sauce with some interesting twists and pizza. People exiting were carrying doggy bags and stated all the food was good. Anyone been there? Any recs? Thanks

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  1. MC Slim JB RE: catspercapita Oct 7, 2006 04:03 AM

    I thought I knew all the Moody St spots, but not this one. Google tells me it's on the site of the late lamented Ritcey's, a really old-school fried seafood place that dated to the 40s and looked it, right down to the waitresses' hairdos. The restaurant replaced a fish market from the same family that dated to the teens. The teens!

    I loved Ritcey's: they did fried fish in two-, four-, and six-fillet sizes (you'd have to be hungry to finish the two-fillet job), with fairly greaseless deep frying, no pretense, and popular prices: my last two-fillet lunch with a mound of fries and cole slaw was $7, I think. I wish I could say I'd been going there for 20 years, but I only discovered it during a recent stint working for a Waltham-headquartered company, and only got there for half a dozen lunches before it closed.

    Big shoes to fill there, Gemelli's.

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      catspercapita RE: MC Slim JB Oct 7, 2006 02:07 PM

      Yes, Ritcey's was a fun place to go when you wanted fried seafood. We had been going there on and off for twenty years and it was always what you wanted or expected. There's something to be said for reliability. We were sad to see it go. However, time marches on. I think I'll try lunch first at Gemelli's then venture into night time foraging.

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      PAUL RE: catspercapita Oct 7, 2006 04:46 PM

      I never understood why people always described Ritcey’s as a “FRIED SEAFOOD” restaurant. They certainly had a large selection of Fried food but the also always had Broiled and Baked fish. Their Baked Stuffed Shrimp was one of my favorite dishes. What made Ritcey’s really special wasn’t necessarily the fish but rather the sides. House made onion rings, fresh cut fries, great cold slaw and house made tarter sauce. They fish and clam chowder were also great. The fish was excellent, but it was really the sides that set them apart.

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        catspercapita RE: PAUL Oct 7, 2006 05:05 PM

        Absolutely right Paul. They had all that stuff and I did enjoy the sides as well as the broiled seafood.

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        shamill RE: catspercapita Oct 17, 2006 09:11 PM

        I went to Gemelli's on a Friday a few weeks ago- I live around the corner. It's a nice family place, lots of kids. Good italian menu, but no liquor license yet. Good prices, good food, I'd give it a 7 out of 10.

        1. Lgalen RE: catspercapita Oct 28, 2006 07:52 PM

          I wonder if this is the same Gemelli's that closed in Arlington Center a few months ago. Did they move on? It was never the talk of the town, but we have some stiff competition here. Interesting that they moved to Waltham, which I think of as similar to Arlington's restaurant scene, but a little more urban.

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            nincyh RE: Lgalen Oct 28, 2006 11:33 PM

            The Gemelli's in Arlington Center hasn't closed or changed ownership, but it did change names - it's now called "Gemma". They have a new sign outside and new menus inside, but apparently it's exactly the same - think they had a sign inside that said so.
            I work right next door at Isis Maternity one day a week and often get the chicken pesto panini for lunch from Gemelli/Gemma's - it's pretty tasty. Their pizzas are quite good as well.

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              litchick RE: nincyh Oct 29, 2006 06:31 PM

              So last time we were in what is now called Gemmas, the young woman behind the counter intimated that there was an ownership split, something that was slightly less than amicable. The Gemelli name went with the owner who split, and these folks were obliged to change to Gemmas, but were able to retain the menu in total. I used to really like Gemellis for a quick and easy chix/eggplant parm over pasta dinner (feeds 2!), but I feel like it's gone downhill since the name change. Allowing for the fact that I could have encountered them on a very off evening, I was extremely irritated the night that we did take out, and got the wrong order from them 3 times (and had to drive back there to exchange it -- don't ask why the husband did't check the order the 2nd time before taking it home, it's a mystery). Anyhow, they were baffled by their own mistakes and how to make it right. It felt like a management problem (or a combo management/communication with the kitchen problem) -- the kind of problems you get with a new restaurant. So, I'm inclined to believe the ownership split story. Anyhow, it'll probably be a while before we try it again, which is a shame, since Gemellis was a pretty good standby on the nights no one felt like cooking.

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            tutuila RE: catspercapita Dec 6, 2006 09:57 PM

            We went to Gemellis in the late summer. Menu looks like low-end North End cuisine. Red sauce, chicken marsala... nothing too distinctive. We ordered an antipasto because we were in a hurry and assumed this would be quick. Server completely forgot the order and then forgot AGAIN when we reminded her. We waited over 30 minutes, got the antipasto as takeout (finally). Very little apology. Lousy antipasto. I'd be surprised if this place lasts through the next few months.

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              sry828 RE: catspercapita Apr 6, 2008 03:46 PM

              Based on the dates of the posts here, I'm probably a little too late, but I eat at Gemelli on Moody Street fairly regularly. Their tomato sauce is the best I've had since moving to Waltham. I would highly recommend the veal parm. They also have an excellent lasagna as an occasional special. Their soups are excellent, and I would also suggest their fried ravioli.

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                Badbet RE: sry828 Jan 28, 2009 06:37 AM

                Any idea what happened to Gemelli's on Moody St in Waltham? Moved out of the area and was visiting recently; surprised to see the doors shut!

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