The Chateau going in where Naked Fish was in Westboro? [moved from Boston board]
I hear the Naked fish is gone, and a new French place going in. Anyone familiar with the owners/track record?
Chateau is not a French place, unless it's not part of the small chain that exists in MA. It's family Italian, and there's one in Waltham, and used to be one in Arlington. I think there may be a few others. They serve red sauce Italian; certainly better than Olive Garden, but not gourmet by any means.
I always regret getting dragged into the Waltham location for work/going away lunches. I try to stick with basice parms over pasta, but rarely can finish more than a few bites. I don't think anyone could make red sauce any blander - must be to satisfy the blue hairs that frequent this joint. Next time I have to go, I think I'll try the fried seafood - its fried, how bad can it be.
Mario's in Lexington on the other hand is like comfort food to me - I even requested their veal parm for my birthday dinner this year and it was very satisfying.
Actually..it's quite good for what it is...red sauce Italian homestyle cooking. The menu's broad and reasonable. The veal parm sandwich with fries or O-rings is terrific at lunch and only cost about 7-8 bucks. It's a huge step above Olive Garden and puts 99 to shame (which isn't hard to do). Even the fried seafood is pretty good.
The Chateau's web site says they are opening soon in Westborough.
My only Chateau experience is the one in Andover/Lawrence (Exit 45 off I-93 just north of I-495).
Some quick thoughts:
Buffalo Wings - Interestingly, they manage to get the "Buffalo" taste without being messy, putting the breading OUTSIDE the Buffalo sauce. In the end, I've decided I like this.
Red Sauce + Pasta - Decent, considering that it's a mini-chain. My only complaint is that they tend to slather too much of it (about a cup of sauce on a small side plate of pasta is overkill; I always ask for "not too much sauce" on my sides, and they still pile on too much sauce!).
Garlic bread -- you might be tempted to pass on the garlic bread because the fresh bread they give for free is excellent. You'd be making the wrong decision! They take the same fresh bread, add garlic, and (if you order it parmesan style) and generous helping of cheese to make something memorable.
My wife's favorite dish: Eggplant Milano from the appetizers menu. Basically similar to an Eggplant Rolatini (sp?), which my wife adores. She orders that and the fried ravioli for her main meal, and adds a side salad.
Their non-Italian dishes such as their prime rib on Friday and Saturday evenings are usually prepared nicely. "Medium-Well" usually comes out... well, "Medium Well."
The lounge is large and lively, and that tends to be where my wife and I dine, since it's difficult for them to find "tables and not booths" in the main dining room. Lots of LCD TVs showing sports or Keno.
Parking lot is large, but you may find yourself taking a long walk to get into the restaurant on busy nights (which is about every night).
I'd rate the place between 2 1/2 and 3 stars.
131 River Rd, Andover, MA 01810
Too bad they didn't reopen it again as The Red Barn...we could use some good night life in the area. Saw some really good garage bands there... eons ago.;-)
BTW - went to the "new" Chateau in Norton with friends not too long ago... can't say I was impressed. All the old good ITAM places with homemade pizza are long gone.. like Marconi's in Ashland.