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Savino's Grill

Has anyone tried Savino's Grill in Belmont yet? On Common Street off Trapelo Road.

Opened last week. I stopped in there Saturday to pick up a gift certificate, and the place was VERY VERY noisy and 90% full. The bar is in the center of the room, kind of awkward. Not a huge menu, but I am intrigued by it since Belmont has never had an upscale dining scene.

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  1. I was there last thursday...Great food, heroic pommegranate martinis! I had a lovely piece of Mahi Mahi over wild rice with a light sauce. Small portion but just fine by me as it left room for the lovely Vickie Lee pastry or the homemade sorbets raspberry & blackberry. The salmon was praised by several, as were the other dishes. All done with a nouvelle mediterranean/Italian vibe. Service was knowledgeable and attentive..I'll be back, finally a Bar in Belmont, a place to meet for a drink in Cushing Square! All we need is a new library and a new Wellington school to make Belmont perfect.

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    1. re: Blondebrarian

      A bar in Belmont? Really?

      I never thought I'd see that happen in my lifetime.

      Belmont?!

      1. re: hiddenboston

        That's what I was thinking. I don't know Belmont very well, is this right in the main drag?

        1. re: Joanie

          I know...it's about time!!!!

          Yes, one of the "main drags" in Belmont is Trapelo Road, and the Cushing Square intersection is Trapelo Road and Common Street. Savinos is one block down Common Street (you'll see the fabulous Vicki Lee's on the corner of the street.)

      2. re: Blondebrarian

        Well, some work on the cratered streets might make it perfect.

      3. have not tried it since i no longer live in boston (just keeping up on the buzz) but i have a good friend who works there and they somehow finagled a liquor license and the food he tells me about is phenomenal, so please, go and post stories!

        1. I ate there last Friday and was very impressed. I had the green salad, which was nothing exciting, but I happen to like greens with a nice light vinaigrette, so I was happy. I also had the roast pork with a fresh corn salad. The pork was nicely done and I don't know where they got such good corn this late in the season, but my! it was good. Strangely, dessert was the weakest link. I say "strangely" because I always enjoy Vicki Lee's pastries, but the lemon cake and the fruit crisp were kind of "eh." Next time I will probably go to Angelato for gelato instead. As Blondbrarian says, service was knowledgeable and attentive, and I'll add friendly. I want to go back soon!

          1. Not too impressed. Dinner seemed pricy ($222 for four -- three salads, four entrees, three glasses of wine, three coffees, three desserts). Food was good - but not "Oh my God this was SO worth the price" kind of good. Service was very spotty -- we waited for plates to be cleared, waited to see dessert options, waited a long time for the desserts to be cleared.

            1. It is great to see a high end restaurant come to Belmont. I would put the food at "excellent for suburbia" level. It can't compare to the best in Boston or Cambridge, but compared to places in Arlington, Waltham etc it is our favorite. Much better than, say, Tryst or Flora in my opinion.
              Savinos seems to be very passionate about what they are doing. I would definitely recommend it.