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pharmboy007 Jul 17, 2007 04:07 PM

My family will be attending a trade show at the Westin @Copley Place next week and we are looking for a really good Italian restaurant not too far away (Taxi) Price of $100 or less per person is workable. Thanks.

  1. C. Hamster Jul 18, 2007 12:28 PM

    Sorrelina, Via Matta, Davio's, Domani are all good recommendations and w/in walking distance.

    I'd choose Via Matta, probably.

    Make sure you do NOT go to Maggianos.

    1. kobuta Jul 18, 2007 09:26 AM

      I like Via Matta which is in the Park Plaze/Arlington St block of restaurants. It's only about 2-3 blocks down from the Westin.

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        Gabatta Jul 18, 2007 09:51 AM

        I'll second the Via Matta rec. Every meal I have had there recently has been consistently excellent.

        Sorrelina is one of my favorites in Boston, however it is really not what I think of as far as "Italian" food is concerned. Check out the menus online and see what fits the bill for you.

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          MC Slim JB Jul 18, 2007 09:59 AM

          I have enjoyed Via Matta, though I suppose I shouldn't be recommending it without trying it again under its new chef, since Adam Halberg, the previous one, left for The Beehive.

          Has anyone been in the last month or two? Their website hasn't been updated with the bio of the new exec chef.

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        Taralli Jul 18, 2007 07:55 AM

        If you're going to cab to the Northend, go to snazzy Prezza, a board favorite. http://www.prezza.com/

        1. Joanie Jul 18, 2007 05:54 AM

          Also closeby is Giacamo's on Columbus Ave. And Davio's on Arlington St. And if you decide you want really cheap, neighborhood, old school Italian American, there's Anchovie's also on Columbus.

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            lmarkarian11 Jul 18, 2007 06:15 AM

            Also in the South End: Sage and Rocca, both good. Rocca has a lovely outdoor patio. Sage(Washington St) is definitely walking distance (15 mins from the Westin) through the South End, you couldn't ask for a nicer walk in the city. Look at mapquest and walk down Union Park, you wont be disappointed. Rocca(Harrison Ave) is not far, a few blocks further than Sage, but those few more blocks are a little more urban/gritty and depending on your sensibilities you might want to take a cab. If you end up at Rocca you may want to ask the host to call you a cab for your return to the Westin, since you won't be able to get one on Harrison.

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              WineTravel Jul 18, 2007 07:43 AM

              Wouldn't suggest Davide... granted my last meal there was a long time ago, but I wasn't impressed. Anyway, there's no reason to look any further than right across the street. The suggestion of Sorellina or Domani is NOT because it's across the street. These are excellent choices that happen to be a 1 minute walk away. Youre lucky. Still recommend Sorellina. I think its one of the best spots in the city. No reason to travel to find another place... start with these. They fit your requirements exactly. Enjoy!

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                BillieJean Jul 18, 2007 12:34 PM

                Totally agree on Davide...way past its prime. Sorellina is awesome. Noise-free because of the great design; food is out of this world; wine list decent. If you go easy on the drinks you'll make your budget. The pastas are excellent. Wait staff really knows their stuff. Never had a bad meal here and I'm pretty picky.

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            pharmboy007 Jul 17, 2007 08:12 PM

            Thanks for the info so far; a friend had mentioned a place called Davide, any input would be appreciated.

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              limster Jul 17, 2007 08:40 PM

              Davide's a little further away and will require a cab ride to the North End. Walked by it a few times, but yet to try it. Has a fairly straightforward looking menu with dishes that don't seem fussy or overwrought. There's been a few favourable posts here such as: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/342429

            2. capeanne Jul 17, 2007 04:23 PM

              a short walk away ( like a block) is Sorellina..fits the bill and the budget...I have had 2 incredible meals there...the tuna crudo awesome, the veal milanese to die for ( although I really think the best prep of that dish was when they served it with the san marzano and ricotta dipping sauce)

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                BBHound Jul 17, 2007 04:21 PM

                Not much in the way of good Italian in the neighborhood with two important exceptions: Soreillina for high end (might be stretching the budget, particularly with wine) and Domani for more moderate trattoria style fare. Both are across Huntington Ave. from the hotel.

                www.sorellinaboston.com

                www.domaniboston.com

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                  WineTravel Jul 17, 2007 06:12 PM

                  BBHound nailed it. I'd go to Sorellina... definitely a tighter ship than Domani and will make your budget. Also, no taxi fare. Just look out the window of the hotel if you're on the N side. Check out and book both on Open Table.

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                    limster Jul 17, 2007 07:55 PM

                    Between Sorellina and Domani, Sorellina is more pricey and the food seems more straightforward and classical. Domani's cooking is more clever and modern, with Asian touches that work. I've found Domani's cooking a little bit more subtle and balanced, whereas Sorellina is more lusty and big on flavour. It would probably depend on your personal tastes. The dining room at Sorellina is more stylish and the service tighter, if you need a tie-breaker based on something other than food.

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