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10th Anniversary Dinner

I know this is short notice but looking for a spot for our anniversary dinner. We leave in Medford area and our looking for something reasonably close (No downtown Boston). We want to stay away from any chain resturants and would like something with atmosphere. Budget is probaly under $250.

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  1. We recently had dinner at a place we never heard of before on Mystic Ave in Medford...Razo's (I think that's how it's spelled). Italian cuisine total for 4 with 2 bottles of wine in the $130 range. We were pleasantly surprised by the service (got skunky wine, sent it back without a hassle and got a fresh bottle), food (spicy ravioli was great), and atmosphere. Not my #1 Italian joint in and around Boston but worth it and should come close to what you may be looking for.

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    1. You don't say when you want to have this dinner, but there's Gargoyles in Davis Square; EVOO just outside of Union Square, or if you want to go a bit north, what about KroMel's in Stoneham Square?

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        1. re: look2eat

          Can't hurt to try calling any of those, if you're pretty loose on what time for your seating. I'd say EVOO might fill up faster than Gargoyles; KroMel's is small, and I do know they get busy on Fri/Sat.

          Updated Rialto might be another choice.

          1. re: look2eat

            This is a big college graduation weekend (on the Boston side of the river) so you need to plan ahead for reservations.

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          1. I am open to any place north of Boston. Liked that suggestion about Kromel's in Stoneham.

            Thanks for all the suggestions.

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            1. re: look2eat

              RichardA has also had several reviews on Savory Taste Cafe in Reading Center that always sound so excellent!

              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/339873

              http://www.savorytastes.com

              1. re: LindaWhit

                Savory Tastes has great food, but not much atmosphere. It's a basic storefront operation that (understandably) tries to cram in as many tables as it can. I'm a small person who last went with 3 other small people, and we all felt cramped at our 4-top.

            2. What's that place up in Winchester that gets great props all the time? Catch?