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Great Italian restaurant for rehearsal dinner

Looking to find a great Italian restaurant for my son's wedding rehearsal dinner in April. We have thought of Maggianos, Vinny T's, Verona and possibly Bertucci's. There will be approximately 40+ people attending. Anyone ever had a large gathering at any of these places? What did you think of the food etc. Does anyone have any other suggestions? We are looking for a nice atmosphere with a separate room from the main dining area that would accomodate this size crowd and also some great food at a good price. Thanks!

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  1. There are certainly a great many wonderful Italian restaurants in the Boston area, aside from these chains, that can accommodate such a party and would probably offer a better quality dining experience. Could you give us an idea what location you would prefer? Do you have a specific budget in mind?

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    1. re: Science Chick

      Looking to maybe stay in the Newton, Waltham, Watertown and possibly maybe Boston.. although that could be a parking issue..maybe Natick/Framingham. It will mainly be a 20's and 30's crowd with a few older(parents etc). We are looking for maybe a family style or buffet setting. We are a pretty laid-back kind of crowd. Not looking for fancy, but definitely looking for a nice place with great food! Would like to keep the price reasonable,but not so cheap that the food and atmosphere would suffer. Doesn't necessarily have to be an Italian restaurant either if anyone has any good suggestions, I would love to hear them.

    2. The Lantana Cafe on Rte 60 in Medford has recently added on a seperate room from the dining area and could easily accommodate your party. We recently ate there and a private function was being held.
      The food is mediterranean. I don't know if it would be in your price range but you could call to inquire.

      1. La Morra in Brookline Village could handle this sort of event and has good tuscan-style food.

        www.lamorra.com

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        La Morra
        48 Boylston Street, Brookline, MA 02445

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        1. re: BBHound

          Thanks for the ideas! Anyone else have any thoughts of nice places for this kind of event?

          1. re: Bobs Girl

            The Chateau in Waltham comes to mind. I feel it's much better food than any of the places you listed.
            http://chateaurestaurant.com/waltham/...

            Simple red sauce Italian. The setting is nothing special (warehouse type seating arrangement best describes it), but the site says they have separate banquet rooms. Their price will be reasonable too. The may also serve family style.

            1. re: mjg0725

              The Chateau, Maggiano's and Vinny T's all are in the same category, IMHO: large quantities of not very good red sauce Italian. Of the three, Maggiano's probably is the best.

              Also, the The Chateau's "banquet rooms" are in the basement where you feel like your eating in, well, the basement.

            2. re: Bobs Girl

              Il Capriccio in Waltham has a private room, I believe. I was looking at them for an event a few years ago.

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              Il Capriccio
              888 Main St., Waltham, MA 02453

              1. re: Chris VR

                That's gonna be in another price range altogether.

          2. Vela in Wellesley is a possibility. It is a very nice small Italian restaurant with very good food. I know that occasionally they are closed for private parties. The owner, Frank, was a chef in a North End restaurant for some time.

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            1. re: emilief

              I don't know how big it is, but Tartufo, in Newton Centre, has a private room upstairs. The food is very good.

            2. Sasso on Huntington Ave has a private space that can seat up to 50 people. The space is BEAUTIFUL www.sassoboston.com