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Aug 15, 2008 08:49 AM

Cela's Restaurant--the "old Alba" location, Quincy

Hi Folks-

Looks like Cela's has opened. I saw one yelp review (positive), but nothing here.

I have not ha d a chance to get to it, but will try to soon.

Has anyone been?

TIA and have a great weekend,


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  1. If this is where I think it is, isn't this awfully close to where the new highway's supposed to be?? Or is the building with Little Q the only building that's affected? Seems strange to me that these types of restaurants are opening up in that area.

    8 Replies
    1. re: kobuta

      Hi-It's just up the street from little Q--away from the new concourse.

      The "old Alba" I'm referring to was never in danger of takeover by the City. They simply moved across the street to a bigger and better location. There also was "Trattoria Alba" which did close due to the concourse--same owner for both Alba and Trattoria Alba. Now he has the one "new" Albla and his former location has become Cela's.

      1. re: SeaSide Tomato

        So the old Alba moved, the new Alba closed, and the old Alba is now the new Alba, while the new old Alba became Cela's?

        I think I got it...

        1. re: hiddenboston

          LOL! You summed up my thoughts exactly.

          @SeaSide Tomato - please do report if you try it. :)

          1. re: hiddenboston

            Well said! I stopped by to pick up a menu around lunch but was too early, they open at 4:00. I will persist.

            1. re: hiddenboston

              Okay, i'm now totally confused! Alba's trattoria is closed. The original Alba's on the opposite side of the street is open. Across the street from the original is the new Alba's, that is open. So what the heck is Cela's?!?!?! I went down the street this morning and didn;t notice anything different.

              1. re: jjbourgeois

                The original Alba's is open as Cela's--the original Alba sign remains and there's a banner that say Cela's.

                I did stop in for a drink a while back--no changes to the decor but new owner and new menu. Looks good (I do not have a a copy with me), sopihisticated Italian if I recall correctly. Also, you may pick your pasta, sauce and protein and create your own dish.

                1. re: SeaSide Tomato


                  The sign on the Hancock St. side does say Cela's now. They do have a website as well. The food looks interesting, but I've been by there twice on Saturday nights (including last Saturday), and while other places, including the new Alba, were hopping, there seemed to be only one or two tables filled at Cela's.

                  I don't know if that's because of the food itself, the fact that it's across the street from a much more well-known "brand", or the fact that it will just take time to catch on.