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Inexpensive Italian for anniversary - Boston suburbs

Hello everyone -

So we just moved to Lexington and we're looking for some place to celebrate our wedding anniversary. With the new place, we don't have a lot of coin in our pocket, so we're looking for something not too crazy expensive. I'd heard some good things about Sweet Basil in Needham, but the no dessert thing makes me nervous. Any other suggestions? Or any suggestions for a favorite, not too expensive, restaurant in the Boston suburbs? Thanks.

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  1. Have a look at the menus at the Tuscan Grill www.tuscangrillwaltham.com/menuSu06.html and La Campania www.lacampania.com/lc_menu.htm in Waltham. I think those places are both excellent: not cheap, but very good values. I'd put La Campania up against the best luxury Italian restaurants in Boston.

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      I agree, great options, but not bargain dining.

    2. I love Arturo's in Westborough. Not too fancy or intimidating, but good food and service. They do a nice job with the antipasto, and Arturo himself walks around and checks on people. It wouldn't be that bad of a trek for you; it's on Rt. 30, not far from Rt. 9 and 495.
      And, they do have good desserts; I once had an apple tart there that he made himself that was simple and delicious.

      Arturo's Ristorante
      50 E Main St, Westborough, MA 01581

      1. If dessert is a must, I might suggest Pomodoro in Brookline. Easy to do dinner for 2 for under $100 with wine, dessert, and tax.

        Both their red sauce and their tiramisu are my absolute favorite renditions around town. The former is bursting fresh tomato and garlic flavors, the latter is an individually made serving, with a level of nuance I didn't realize could exist in the dish.

        NB the incongruously refined decor makes the no-reservations and cash-only policies all the more odd.

        1. You could do worse to celebrate at Carlo's Cucina Italiana in Allston. Cozy, relaxed atmosphere, delicious food, very good prices. Happy anniversary and happy new place!

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          1. re: bear

            I like CCI, too. But sometimes parking is impossible.

          2. I'd definitely add La Morra to the list, the menu is largely all over Northern Italy.

            1. Some other nearby alternatives to MC's suggestions. Lucia Restaurant just over the hill in Winchester or Tre Monte in Woburn center are a couple of possibilities. (Lucia seemed to go downhill for a while, but was improved the last time I was there.) I know a lot of folks that like Cafe Luigi in Bedford, but its never done it for me. Papa Razzi (local chain) in Burlington also has fans, but I think the suggestions in Waltham are a lot better.

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              1. re: itaunas

                Delfino's in Roslindale is the perfect place for you. Great food and nice atmosphere.

              2. If you wanna stick to the burbs I HIGHLY recommend La Vita Mia in Saugus. Took all the in-laws (visiting from NY) a few weeks ago. All raved about their meals and aps. Service was excellent and prices very reasonable. Happy Anniversary and please report back!

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                1. re: shaebones

                  We too just went to La Vita Mia and also loved it. The atmosphere is not exactly romantic as it's in a strip mall, but inside it's cozy. Happy anniversary!

                  1. re: mabelm4050

                    This is my first experience with Chowhound and I'm so surprised and grateful at the quick response! Thanks everyone!

                2. Abbondonza II and Joe & Maria's, both in Norwood, reasonably priced and good food. Brickhouse in Dedham not bad. Fiorella's in Newton a good choice too. A little pricier but nice atmosphere and good food is Basil's in Medfield.