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Boston/College Graduation celebration - where?

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Trying to arrange a graduation day dinner for 3 families (14). Need help in friendly group places with good chow and great, fun atmosphere. Was thinking Hammersly's but thought I'd put it out there and see what the chowhounds think.
Many thanx in advance!

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  1. Do you know if Hammersley's can handle a group of 14? Mamma Maria, in the North End, certainly would make my short list for a group that size.

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    1. re: Blumie

      Yes, Mamma Maria is lovely and has a wonderful private room -- not sure what size they might require but that might be about right. Another idea for good food and an even more interesting atmosphere -- Upstairs on the Square, in Harvard Square. There are two restaurants on two levels -- the one on the main floor is slightly more casual, and you may be able to reserve all or part of the pretty glassed-in porch area. It's a very special restaurant.

      1. re: Lucymax

        Wow! Thanks for those recommendations!

        1. re: Lucymax

          By coincidence, I've had a group of 14 in one of Mamma Maria's private rooms. (The way Mamma Maria is configured, with several small rooms, they have the flexibility to use some of the rooms either for private groups or for regular diners.) It was perfect. And unlike some places, Mamma Maria will allow a group of 14 to order off of the regular menu (as opposed to having to pre-select a menu).

      2. Bonfire also has a really intimate private room, right when you walk into the restaurant. That would be fun.

        Gaslight, Union Bar & Grill, Banq and Stella in the S. End are also a lot of fun and can accommodate a larger group.

        Kristina Y.
        www.thevitullos.blogspot.com