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Nice Italian in West Roxbury/Westwood/Quincy

skimom Jan 29, 2008 06:41 AM

My lovely babysitter is turning 60 and I would like to treat her and her husband to a nice dinner - I know they like Italian (a favorite is Lucianos in Wrentham, but her kids are taking her there), and appear to favor atmosphere as much as the food. I like La Morra and Tuscan Grill , but think they would not like the atmosphere as much.

Suggestions for a white tablecloth kind of place - they live in West Roxbury, so reccs in that general area are better. Thanks

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    Bostonbob3 Jan 29, 2008 06:50 AM

    Well, Vintage in West Roxbury (in the former Fontaine's) has completely revamped their menu and hired a new executive chef.

    Check it out and see what you think:


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      C. Hamster Jan 29, 2008 07:33 AM

      Did they take down the chicken? :-(

      That was the world's best sign.

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        chowfamily Jan 29, 2008 07:38 AM

        I hope not - I've only seen one other like it, in Sarasota, Florida, and the signs are great.

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          trufflehound Jan 29, 2008 08:19 PM

          Sorry, the chicken is gone. The admin. wouldn't allow it to stay. I believe Pee Wee Herman has it.

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        xperteater Jan 29, 2008 07:12 AM

        Joe and Maria's on Rt. 1 in Norwoood is outstanding

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          chowfamily Jan 29, 2008 07:20 AM

          Bon Caldo in Norwood is on my list of places to try, and the earlier posts have some interesting recommendations as well.

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            bakerboyz Jan 29, 2008 08:16 AM

            In Roslindale Square, about 5 minutes from West Roxbury, Delfinos is excellent; In Needham, about 10 minutes from West Roxbury, Sweet Basil is excellent.

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              winedude Jan 29, 2008 08:31 AM

              Delfino's is very good, but it's not the "Luciano's"-type atmosphere, closer to Tuscan Grill. I'm not a fan of Sweet Basil, and it's very loud, casual, and doens't take reservations (also no white tablecloths).

              I'd second Bon Caldo in Norwood. Lovely, quiet, vaguely elegant atmosphere, very good Italian food. The food is "newer" Italian, vaguely northern italian (not real red-saucy), but there are plenty of choices they'd like, and it feels like a special place. Make sure you're in the front room.

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              ShelT54 Jan 29, 2008 03:04 PM

              I second Joe & Maria's in Norwood. Also, Abbondonza II on Wash. St. in Norwood, short on atmosphere, but good food at good prices. Brickhouse Cafe and Spring St.both in Dedham are just ok, nothing more.

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