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Nov 26, 2008 11:49 AM

A foodie weekend in Boston

Looking for great restaurant suggestions for Boston; nothing too fancy just great food and ambiance! (for reference I love the following restaurants in NYC; Bread, Momofuku Ssam Bar, Fatty Crab, Spotted pig, Kitchenette, etc. Thanks

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  1. Any of Michael Schlow's restaurants (Via Matta-Italian, Radius- Modern French, Great Bay-Seafood).

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    1. re: ecwashere7

      Forgot one, The Butcher Shop. Definitely something you'd like if you enjoyed the Spotted Pig.

      1. re: ecwashere7

        Hungry Mother in Kendall Square (Cambridge), Butcher Shop for brunch (South End), Orinoco (Venezuelan - Brookline Village), Sel De La Terre (Mandarien Oriental Hotel - Back Bay) for appetizers/dessert only :). Bon apetit!

        1. re: kwal

          Thank you so much!
          any advice on Mamma maria?

          1. re: mtlfoodie

            don't bother with the North End if you are on a "foodie weekend." For great Italian food, I would go to Via Matta (venison ravioli!) or Sorellina (wagyu meatballs!) 10 out of 10 times over any place in the North End. Just my opinion. Its just like how you'd find better Italian outside of Little Italy in NYC (Babbo, etc..)

            1. re: ecwashere7

              Prezza is in the North End and is one of my favorite Boston restaurants so I wouldn't discount the North End altogether. Prezza has the fabulous egg ravioli back on the menu which is worth going for.

              1. re: lissy

                I remember having a great meal at Prezza as well, but I'd still go to VM and Sorellina any day over any place in the North End. I found Prezza to be a tad overpriced for what you get.

                1. re: ecwashere7

                  I don't think Prezza is any more overpriced than Sorrelina and I personally prefer Prezza (but I do like Sorellina too). I actually think you get more for your money at Prezza but that's just my opinion.

                  1. re: lissy

                    My experience with the two happened over the course of two nights. I went to Sorellina one night and Prezza the next. I was so impressed with Sorellina and felt ho-hum about Prezza. Since then, I went to Via Matta and thought it was better than both. Via Matta's food really made me feel like I was back in Italy on my semester abroad in Florence and Bologna.

              2. re: ecwashere7

                Perhaps you're limiting this comment to Italian food ec7, but I'd certainly recommend Neptune Oyster in the North End.

                Other standard suggestions for foodie visitors include O Ya, Clio/Uni, Oleana, East Coast Grill, Locke Ober, Cragie on Main (a relocated standard), Harvest, L'Espalier, La Viole, Troquet, Toro, TW Food, Peach Garden, etc....

              3. re: mtlfoodie

                Mamma Maria and Prezza are arguably the two best restaurants in the North End, both high-end Northern Italian, and arguably among the best Italian spots in Boston. Have done excellently at both.

                1. re: mtlfoodie

                  This would be a great place if you're in the mood for a more romantic type meal. I wouldn't disregard the north end, there are several worthwhile places. Taranta for a combination of Peruvian and Italian is different and a great space. Or maybe you already did your weekend in town.

              4. re: ecwashere7

                Thanks again, came back yesterday from the weekend and tried out The Butcher Shop which was the perfect combination of great simple food and casual ambiance. We also tried another Barbara Lynch's restaurant; Sportello, liked the overall experience and food but did not meet my expectations.

            2. Petit Bistro Robert in the South End.

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