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Jan 29, 2008 06:41 AM

Nice Italian in West Roxbury/Westwood/Quincy

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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  1. 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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    1. re: Bostonbob3

      Did they take down the chicken? :-(

      That was the world's best sign.

      1. re: C. Hamster

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

        1. re: C. Hamster

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

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

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

          1. 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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            1. re: bakerboyz

              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.

            2. 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.