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Apr 8, 2009 09:31 AM

Needham's Dining Scene

Ok People, It is time to set the record straight with Needham and their plethora of dining options. I want the low down on all the latest news/rumblings

Spiga- Weird location. New chef? reopening? is it even good?

Petit Robert- First month's grades? I was greatly let down

Pho Pasteur/New mexican restaurant. How long has Pho even been closed? Rumor has it that a mexican second location place is opening there soon..

Flour bakery???? Major rumor they are coming? that would be awesome

Quince Bistro space.. what is going in there?

Fava for sale! are they still open??

How are the new dessert options.. The custard place vs. the Gelato place. Who's been, like/dislikes?

Village fish- fairly new.. does that place fill up??

The old stand by's Masala Art, Sweet Basil, not your average joes...

Any others Im forgetting?

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  1. Spiga to re-open on April 13th with Marisa Iocca the new Head Executive Chef; was bad, hopefully it will be much better.

    Pho Pasteur location was supposed to re-open as Tu Y O; they have a location in Somerville; my guess is that this is on hold or not happening.

    Quince to be Pomodoro's 3rd location.

    Custard Place: Just ok and expensive; haven't been to the Gelato place.

    Village Fish: very average, not nearly as good as when they first opened in Brookline about 20 years ago.

    Sweet Basil: Very good but way too much fat/cream/butter in foods.

    Not Your Average Joe's: good burgers and fries.

    What you are forgetting:

    Wild Willy's: decent burgers, fries and onion rings but Five Guys is better.
    Rice Barn: very good Thai
    Fuji: decent Sushi
    Blue on Highland: Not good
    Bertuccis: well, you know, it's Bertuccis, over-priced, average pizzas
    Sweet Tomatoes Pizza
    Acapulco trying to go into where Ground Round was

    7 Replies
    1. re: bakerboyz

      OMG Pomodoro going into Needham. Great News!!
      Does anyone know if Fava is open?
      Have had some decent meals at Petit Robert.
      Have been waiting for TuY O- does anyone inside track on this?
      Where is Bertucci and Sweet Tomatoes in Needham????
      Stone Hearth Pizza is pretty good.
      Ditto on custard place (and reall;y does not taste any different than ice cream).

      1. re: emilief

        Bertucci's is in the small plaza along Highland Ave where Wild Willy's is (was Bai Thong), kind of across from Needham HS; Sweet Tomatoes is on Chestnut Street going towards Roche Bros. on the left (was formerly a convenience store). I forgot about Stone Hearth, good pizza.

        1. re: emilief

          Had a geat meal at Fava last night, inexpencive too.

          1. re: emilief

            For the record, the Pomodoro in Needham is of no relation to the one in Brookline Village. The latter asked the former to stop using the name, but I saw the awning with then name on it yesterday crisply blowing in the breeze.

            24 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445

            1. re: CookieLee

              Actually I thought the Brookline and Needham locations are affiliated and they were both asked by the one in the North End, which is not affiliated, to stop using the name. Is that incorrect?

              1. re: TomH

                I believe the Brookline & the North End locations are affliated, not the Needham one.

          2. re: bakerboyz

            Ok-I have to ask. Ive been to Blue twice now- and while neither time have I been blown away-it certainly hasn't been bad. Service can be slow, but nothing terrible. What am I missing? Why the bad reviews?

          3. I wish we still had the Big Dipper - Toscanini and Steve's ice cream within walking distance was a big selling point on the town for me. The new gelato place didn't blow me away - kind of grainy and too sweet for my taste. The chain place in the Natick Mall (Melt) is the best gelato I've had in metrowest. Nice and gooey.

            1. We had lunch at Petit Robert this past Sunday, our first visit there. Service was awkward, uninformative, and sloppy, at best. SO and I both ordered a soup that was not the one delivered; it was okay, still. She had a salmon croissant that was okay; I had a sardine baguette that was pathetic - small piece of sardine that looked like they had been scraped up off the counter and dumped on the bread.

              1. I went to Masala Art last night, and had possibly the most mind-blowingly good cocktail I've ever had. I didn't realize that they had a bizarre interactive method for concocting drinks (sounds a bit like what I've heard Drink is like) involving fruit purees and spices, but I had something with anejo tequila (didn’t catch which brand), grapefruit juice, passion fruit puree, cardamom, saffron, mace, and probably some other stuff.

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                1. re: nsenada

                  We almost went to Masala Art last night, but ended up going to the new Bella Luna/Milky Way instead. I've heard from a few people that the food there is really good...

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                  1. We've had dinner at Spiga twice recently, both before and after the chef change. Enjoyed both. Thread ongoing here: