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birthday/valentines dinner-suggestions?

sheryl strong Jan 19, 2009 12:29 PM

I am turning 40 on Feb. 15 -the day after valentines .My friends want to take me for some good Italian any suggestions?
sheryl strong

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    luniz Jan 19, 2009 12:38 PM

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/587321

    1. BA foodie Jan 19, 2009 01:56 PM

      Well depends on the price range, you can go BYOB and go to a little italian restaurant in carrollton called Roma's food is cheaper, just decent, but BYOB can make the night a lot of fun. Maggianos can feed an army without batting an eyelash and you will still get a doggie bag! And upscale you could do Tre amici steak and seafood with an italian flare, but the price tag could break you. Good luck! oh, and Happy birthday!

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        James Cristinian Jan 23, 2009 11:08 AM

        I would stay away from Maggiano's for a special occasion, or any occasion for that matter. I went recently and it was not good. If you desire I will elaborate.

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        CocoaNut Jan 20, 2009 06:42 AM

        From DMN - Best Of Italian compilation:

        http://www.guidelive.com/sharedconten...

        On a more laid back, kitchy note: Two Guys from Italy - Webb Chapel near LBJ. It's been around since dirt, probably sporting the original deco of wine bottles and plastic vegetation that adorn the place. Very traditional Italian. Good food. Family run. Even though it's been awhile since I last went, I wouldn't hesitate to return. The first time I went was impromptu w/a group of 8 or 10. No call ahead, no problem. While I don't recall specifics, I know we ordered everything from antipastas to pizza to entrees - no complaints.

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          BA foodie Jan 25, 2009 05:38 AM

          I know it must have been a while for your visit. That place has gone really down. The food, the service, and the SMELL....Stay away.

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          Analisas mom Jan 20, 2009 11:28 AM

          What area of town would you like to dine in?

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            jscarbor Jan 22, 2009 06:30 PM

            In Austin? Vespaio.
            You sound old=).

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              sheryl strong Jan 23, 2009 03:15 PM

              Yes,in Austin.
              Vespaio?
              40 who cares=)
              Hey can you send me your reciepe for osso buco?
              sherylstrongagain@yahoo.com
              thnks

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                jscarbor Jan 28, 2009 10:38 AM

                Sent a message....Not osso buco recipe but you can find a bunch of good ones at epicurious.com.

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                  sheryl strong Jan 31, 2009 09:56 AM

                  Replyed to message... What about Beef Wellington?
                  I foregot the resteraunt that used to make the best Beef Wellington in Houston off Westimer towards the Rice area?

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              dfwdean Jan 23, 2009 06:01 PM

              Bene Bene in Addison (or is that Plano that far up the Tollway?).

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                freddy1chowhound Jan 24, 2009 04:03 AM

                Amore. On Coit between Arapaho and Beltline in Richardson. Small family business. Great food, ambiance and background noise. Cozy little place. An oddly endearing quality is the rudeness of a couple of the waitresses. Family I think. Normally I would be upset but it is so blatent that it cracks me up. The other waitresses and waiters are very polite and the service is good, just with a grunt by the couple of characters I mentioned. See if you can pick 'em out.

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