Reggio (Weymouth) and Giomatti (Braintree)
This weekend we felt like Italian. So we went to Reggio on Route 18, which we have always enjoyed. Surprise: it's closed! Then we decided to go over to Giomatti's in Braintree, which is also good and one of those "go to" places we like for Italian. Also closed! Does anybody know what happened? We have not tried Gennaro's--opinions?
I like Gennaro's very much. It's a classic Italian-American place, sort of like you would expect to find in the North End.
Their pizza and calzones are excellent. I also enjoy their pasta dishes such as the Tortolini Carbonara. It's good to be aware that it's true the portions are enormous. Last time I was there, I had a very good linguini and white clam sauce. I ate until I was stuffed, then brought the rest home and had lunch for two more days from the left overs.
If you are looking for good local Italian, my other favorite in that area is the Venetian on Broad St. in Weymouth. Their pork chops with vinegar peppers are fantastic.
Giomatti's is gone, If your from the area you probably remember the Mai Tai Chinese Restaurant that once occupied the same space, seems as though back when it was the Mai Tai when they used to empty out the old oil from the fryolators instead of disposing of it properly they just poured it under the floorboards in the kitchen. So needless to say there is an ocean of solidified lard under the kitchen floor, this was recently discovered when the kitchen failed code, as it wasn't renovated when the rest of the building was. The building is still owned by the people who owned the Mai Tai and I guess they'll be responsable for the clean up, don't know what it will reopen as. Giomatti's was also behind paying their purveyors so they couldn't get any food deliverys, the combination of the two pretty much spelled their end.
Gennaro's is good, you should try it out. It's a good option for heavy italian food. I generally get take-out, and be warned that their portions are ridiculously large. they are closed on Sundays I believe.
I particularly like their eggplant parm, chicken gennaro, pizza and calzones. They also make very good bread and provide a half loaf with pasta orders.
sorry to hear about giomatti's - that was our occasional alternative to gennaros, and we liked their white bean dip for the bread...