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Apr 3, 2009 08:29 AM

Saturday night in Somerville

with a bunch of young teenagers and parents! Any thoughts about where to go, that isn't geared toward young professionals looking for love, but is a cut above Mike's in Davis Square? We'd be getting there around 7, and would like to be able to sit together at a long table, or maybe a kids table and parents table.

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  1. You could go to the Paddock - plenty of room there - good pizza for everyone.
    Vinny's at Night could probably take you - give 'em a call - they take reservations -

    EDIT: Small Plates is right

    Redbones is the perfect place.


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    1. re: Bob Dobalina

      3rd for Redbones. The last two visits there the food has been top notch. The only drawback is that you can't make a reservation and will likely wait a bit on Saturday at 7 for a party of that size.

      1. re: Gabatta

        > The last two visits there the food has been top notch.

        Interesting. Gabatta, were you of the camp (as have been I) who thought Redbones hadn't been so hot for the past couple of whiles?

        Two Italians to add to the mix that should work for a mid-sized group:

        Sagra - haven't been in a while, but although it has never been my favorite, the food strikes me as perfectly acceptable. Right in Davis Square, definitely a couple of notches above Mike's in terms of atmosphere. The bar can be mildly "scene-y", but the rest of the place is fine.

        Gran Gusto - if you'll have a car, this is bar-none my favorite Italian in the area, particularly for their outstanding Neapolitan pizza, but everything is consistently pretty excellent. In North Cambridge, about a 10-minute drive from Davis Square, free parking in back.

        1. re: finlero

          Yes! Gran Gusto! Though not in Somerville. I also agree about Sagra. How about Frank's?

      2. re: Bob Dobalina

        Yeah, but if you can't get a seat at Redbones, I'd go for the Paddock. Lots of local character and usually no wait. Great pizza and other great choices for all, and super cheap. Vinny's at Night is another good choice but the tables are tiny, no?

        1. re: bella_sarda

          At Vinny's they will push the tables together or will seat you downstairs.

      3. Redbones sounds like a good fit - has a few long tables, is family friendly and wallet friendly as well. Also has a kitschy decor and it is bustling - enough so that animated teenager conversation is hardly disruptive - and in fact probably adds to the ambiance. I think a group of teenagers would really like all the elements of Redbones - AND the Davis Square municipal parking lot is but a few paces around the corner!

        Check out the menu here:


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          1. re: Small Plates

            I can only imagine that there will be a lengthy wait at Redbones - but I haven't been there around that time in a while.

          2. Not in Somerville, but you could go to Regina Pizza at Station Landing (Wellington Circle) in Medford. It's only a 10 minute drive from Davis Square. There is also plenty of parking available.

            Pizzeria Regina of Medford
            44 Station Lndg, Medford, MA 02155

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            1. re: buffet king

              Other restaurants at Station Landing (Wellington Circle) in Medford are Kelly's Roast Beef, Not Your Average Joes and Yoki Japanese Restaurant.

              Kelly's Roast Beef
              35 Revere Beach Pkwy, Medford, MA 02155

              Yoki Japanese Restaurant
              62 Station Lndg, Medford, MA 02155

              Not Your Average Joes
              501 Fellsway, Medford, MA

            2. How about Oasis on the Medford line for Brazilian? It's pretty busy on Saturday but 7 is a little early for that crowd. Meat on swords! If you go plan on splitting entrees, they are enormous. Full bar, too. And the Brazilian TV might entertain the teens.

              373 Main St, Medford, MA 02155

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              1. re: Aromatherapy

                Well, now that we are in Medford, how about Bocelli's on Main St. not far from the Somerville line? -- old school Italian red sauce and pizza. It's the perfect place for a crowd like that.

                1. re: pemma

                  I went to Bocelli's today and got some slices of (Sicilian) square pizza. A square slice of pizza is $1.00 at Bocelli's.

                  Bocelli's Restaurant & Pizza
                  374 Main St, Medford, MA

              2. Green Tomato II on the other side of Davis (formerly Carberry's) would be ideal and NO wait. Give them a call. The food is great, the price is a GREAT value and they would even possibly give you your own special seating area.

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                1. re: wamcadoo

                  Yeah, actually, I had a rather nice lunch there recently. Clean and spacious but not at all upscale.