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eaRumba Nov 16, 2007 12:16 PM

I am looking for a restaurant in the North End for a celebration with a group of 13. Parking is not at issue (will be cabbing), upscale but not crazy expensive, folks will be dressed up a bit, and it's a lively group so a fun and accepting atmosphere. Too quiet is out. And oh ya, good food! Had read about Fiore, Tresca, Prezza or Mama Maria and thought they might fit but don't know. Any and all help very much appreciated.

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    Bostonbob3 RE: eaRumba Nov 16, 2007 12:18 PM

    I'd eliminate Mamma Maria. The food is excellent, but while not "too quiet," it is properly upscale quiet.

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      Blumie RE: Bostonbob3 Nov 20, 2007 04:36 PM

      For a group that size, Mamma Maria would give you your own room, making the noise you expect to generate less of an issue.

    2. Rubee RE: eaRumba Nov 16, 2007 12:34 PM

      Prezza has a nice large table for big parties right by the front window. Lively, upscale, nice bar, great menu. Definitely a "fun and accepting atmosphere" and a good place to dress up a bit. I know parking isn't an issue for your crowd, but they do also have valet.

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      Prezza
      24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

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        eaRumba RE: Rubee Nov 16, 2007 01:01 PM

        Thank you both - called Prezza and they are full on that night. Darn. Could I impose for any second choices?

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          Rubee RE: eaRumba Nov 16, 2007 01:45 PM

          I haven't been in a while, but have always enjoyed Tresca. I've seen large groups downstairs in the cozy bar/lounge area (not sure if they still have a fireplace, but that was nice). Fits all your other criteria also, though I'm not sure re: prices.

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        JCPope RE: eaRumba Nov 16, 2007 01:42 PM

        I think Tresca would definitely fit the bill if you requested that you be seated downstairs.

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          eaRumba RE: JCPope Nov 19, 2007 09:48 AM

          Thanks all, Tresca it is! Though the downstairs was booked. Rubee, you are right, the prices are a bit up there, but at this point with the holidays and all it's the best place. They said it's a "festive time of year' so a lively crowd shouldn't be a problem. I''ll let you know and thanks again!!!

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            Boston Scene RE: eaRumba Nov 20, 2007 05:07 AM

            Too bad the downstairs is booked because they have a great banquet table in front of one of their windows : (

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          Kate Sylvester RE: eaRumba Nov 20, 2007 08:06 AM

          Lucca!

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