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Nov 15, 2007 03:49 AM

Did I miss something by not stopping at Panifico?

Found myself on Charles Street over the weekend and hungy. The first place I thought of was Panifico because I had heard some positives, so off I went. The place was hectic and loud, and also not very clean, yet the food look good. It just wasn't what I was looking for that day, so I ended up at 75 Chestnut. Am I missing something? 75 Chestnut wasn't very busy which was surprising because the food was excellent and so was the service.

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    1. It's funny, I actually stopped at the Beacon Hill Bistro and had a drink at the bar to check it out. I thought the restaurant itself looked rather cold and stark, but I definitely would go back and sit at the bar for a lite bite. 75 Chestnut was a treat, so I guess I made the right choice.

      1. I've had the same experiences with Panificio

      2. Peg,
        Thanks for the info on 75 Chestnut. I've been trying to get there since the renovation. I'll now make more of an effort based on your recommendation.

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        1. re: CocoDan

          OMG try the porterhouse pork chop. I don't know how they made it so tender, It was served on top of shallot mashed potatos with a drizzle of juice from the chop. Also enjoyed the mussels in tomato broth with chorico.

        2. You didn't miss much, although I think elanja's reaction is a bit much.

          Agreed the Paramount is better. I wouldn't compare it to 75 Ches or BHB. Too different.

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          1. re: Alcachofa

            Agreed. It's not spectacular, but not abysmal either.
            "Nobody goes there any more - it's too crowded." Y. Berra.

          2. Agree with most of the comments here. I don't like their take-a-number and sit down ordering system either. Anyone been to the Back Bay location lately? Are they doing a good business? That corner has been cursed for a long time.

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            1. re: wontonton

              I have been to the Back Bay location twice. Both times the service was just fine but the food was pretty terrible and quite overpriced. The quality of the food doesn't jive at all with the nice-looking interior.

            2. Panificio is great for a slice of pizza, a cookie, or a pastry, and their coffee is great.

              Mostly just a nice casual place. I don't eat "meals" there as they are okay, but not their forte. More about the coffee, pizza, and the vibe.