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Italian in Woburn/Stoneham/Burlington/Wakefield/Reading on Friday night

I need to take my madre out for dinner on Friday night somewhere in the vacinity of Woburn/Stoneham/Burlington/Wakefield/Reading. I would like Italian - preferably with homemade pastas and the ability to grill a piece of fish without drying it out. I've never been to any of the following:
Angelo's
Trivoli
Tre Monte
Entrees around $20 and north of Stoneham off of 128 or 93 is ideal.

Additionally, we need to find somewhere for lunch in and around the same area - somewhere that will still be serving lunch at 2pm and is casual.

Oh wait - is there a good place to get a bagel and lox in the area?

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  1. Angelo's is wonderful.

    Have you ever been to Ristorante Molise in Wakefield? Another nice place.

    The best bagel source in that area is Bagel World in Reading. Mobbed if you don't go early. Cannot speak to their lox, which I do not eat. But the bagels are the best north of Chelsea.

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    1. re: Karl S

      Karl S- thanks for the tips on Bagel World. I am in that area almost every Saturday, and have never stopped by. May give it a try this weekend.

      1. re: macca

        They carry salt bagels, a dying mark of genuine bagel making....

        To reiterate: if you don't get there early, you will take 20+ minutes in line. The teenagers mob the place on weekend mornings. There is a drive-through, which, while not fast, is less aggravating.

      2. re: Karl S

        Agreed on the Bagel World rec. When I win the football pool at work (3 times so far this season!) that's where I stop to pick up the "winner-buys" bagels. Don't know about the lox either, as I don't eat it.

        Re: Italian - Angelo's and Ristorant Molise are both excellent - the latter would recommend reservations, as it does get crowded on Saturday nights. There's also a place in Reading called Savory Tastes, right in the center of town....RichardA has reviewed it several times on this board. Not Italian, but their fish choices certainly look excellent!

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

        1. re: LindaWhit

          Yup- I would agree with both choices, though I admit I have not been to Molist in about three years. Another option in Wakefield is Portobello's on Main Street- heading into Melrose. Italian/Portugese- and they do seafood great. Just be warned that service is slow, but food is worth it, IMO.

          1. re: LindaWhit

            I love Molise and Antoinetta, the co-owner. It is the rare place that I allow to be casual about honoring the time of a reservation, because they do allow people to linger and enjoy their meals. When I reserve at Molise, I factor that in. They earned that forbearance from me based on many special things they have done for me and friends over the years. Just thought I would mention that in case it's an issue.

            1. re: Karl S

              Is there some kind of family relationshiop with Molise and Daniela's in North REading? I have heard that somewhere, and have only been to Daniela's once, but the food at Molise is so much better, I was surprised to hear it.

                1. re: Karl S

                  I know about the restaurant in Amesbury. But I was told that the woman who owns Molise, and the people who own Daniela's in North REading are related. I was just curious.

                  1. re: macca

                    COuld be. But that relationship would have zero connection to the food quality, I would think....

                    1. re: Karl S

                      You are 100% correct- there is NO correlation to the food quality- I have only been to Daniela's once, and quite frankly, that was once too many!

        2. Molise is good, so is Tre Monte, if you can get past the grouchy owner. I've reviewed this place in the past. Bagel World's lox are IMO good, not GREAT. Bagels are excellent as is the consistent staff and their iced coffee and chai are great too. For lunch, I'd also recommend Zalek's in Wakefield, which I've also mentioned a few times on this board. Great variety, lovely owners, clean, fresh, fresh, fresh and good value $ (esp. fish entrees).

          1. Thanks for the recommendations. Does anyone have an Angelo's menu handy? I can't seem to find one online.

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            1. re: gini

              Gini, here you go - don't know how often it's updated, but it will at least give you an idea of the "sit-down" side of the restaurant.

              Forewarning - parking STINKS at Angelo's but I think you could part at Stop & Shop and walk over. Oh, and when you're just driving by, it almost looks like just a pizza/sub joint - which is actually where you walk into (at least it was the last time I was there). The "sit down" side has an entrance to the right once you've walked into the pizza place.

              http://www.menulizard.com/restaurant/...

              1. re: LindaWhit

                This menu is for the pizza side of the restaurant. The other side is different and higher $$.

                1. re: Trixie Too

                  Even the full dinners at the bottom?

            2. Another rec for Molise in Wakefield. Excellent food. I haven't had much there, but many people I know also like Venetian Moon in Reading. It's along main street close to the Wine Shop. Excellent martini menu as well.

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              1. re: Ladycale

                Is Molise casual or more upscale?

                1. re: gini

                  The restaurant is casual, though during the day you may see people in businesswear having lunch.

              2. E&G this is a hidden gem in Stoneham right where Montvale ave. meets 28. During the day it's a sub shop but offers "tablecloth" dinner in the evening, but I'm not sure if it is every night. It is a very small establishment, maybe 15 to 20 seats. If I were to say one thing about them It would be that they take very serious pride in what the do, even during lunch. It is on my list to get to for dinner. More detail on E&G here:
                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                There is parking behind the building.

                1. We just tried Ristorate Molise last night based on opinions here. Very good red sauce Italian perfect for our family group of eight. Thanks, Chowhouds.

                  1. We also ended up at Ristorate Molise. It was fine. Nothing extraordinary, but it also didn't make me ill and the price was right. We split the stuffed portabello mushroom with gorganzola to start. The dish was grilled mushrooms with vegetables thrown on top in a tasteless sauce with cubes of cheese thrown in. I had two bites then waited for my salad. A pile of mixed greens, a cherry tomato and some onions drowned in the house gorganzola dressing was satisfactory. There was barely any taste of gorganzola, but I was bored with the cold sliced bread and needed something to eat. Our entrees arrived in huge bowls. Mom has the veal picatta and I had some house made gimelli with mushrooms which were cooked al dente. Both sauces were tasty and there was so much I could barely eat a quarter of the bowl. For dessert, we split the creme brulee - competently done - and a white chocolate bread pudding which was the star of the night. We had a lot of food for very little money, but I would never return unless I was in the area again. The service was excellent. Thanks for your advice!