Sagra (June 2009), Davis Square
A dining companion and I checked out Sagra last Thursday night for dinner. Sagra got some early board attention when it opened 2-3? years ago (esp. for the Neapolitan pizzas and selection of antipasti) when it opened, but seemed to re-invent itself a couple of times, never arriving on exactly what it wanted to be. Simple, fresh Italian? Boston sports bar? Davis Square lounge?
In the end, the menu and the concept seems directly re-tooled for June 2009 recessionary dining times and my DC and I found everything straightforward, fresh and very reasonably priced.
Although the website has pizzas listed, they don't seem to be on the dinner menu anymore and the secondi piatti are more New American/meat and fish centric than Italian, but all was well executed.
Croquettes: ($6.00)--Triangular, fried fritters enriched with egg, cheese and tiny bits of pepperoncini. These were actualyl a bit bland and rich, a bit like a tender, bready mozzrella stick and I would have preferred more discernable pepperoncini for a bit of bite. However, for the price, the were clearly freshly fried and the advertized filling if caciocavallo cheese was tender and very milky-fresh
Steak Tips: ($14.00)--These were very well done, cooked medium exactly as requested and surprisingly showing off tangy, deep red wine marinade. Served with simple, chunky, slightly garlicky mashed potato and just barely wilted baby argula
Rigatoni w/ Sausage ($13.00)--Perfectly al dente extra thick rigatoni in a light sauce of garlic and olive oil. The combo of fresh tomato, roasted red peppers, rapini and sweet sausage was almost a "salsa" over the dish which added to flavor and surprising lightness.
So, a very easy, simple, fresh weeknite meal. I would def. go back for the pastas and the reaasonable prices are made more so by the fact that they currently accept Restaurant.com certificates.
Thanks for the review, Sugar. I've been curious about Sagra ever since it opened, but because of the identity crisis you cited, and the lackluster reviews, I've kept it low on my list. Now I look forward to trying it. The prices are a draw. Thanks for the warning about the absence of pizza on the actual menu.
Does anyone know if the various changes have been ownership changes, or just re-inventions?? My favorite Sagra was the first one--great food, really poorly managed front of the house that eventually got straightened out. As I recall, it was a small group of Somerville police officers who started it up-- still the same guys?
I agree completely with this review. I recently had dinner at Sagra and found it to be a nice, simple, affordable meal.
DC and I started with the eggplant involtini - nicely done. We also split the lobster ravioli (a special) - a much larger portion than I expected, easily shared by 2 as an app. We also split the gnocchi with duck ragu - very nice, but too heavy on the orange zest.
I would definitely consider this a good neighborhood option - too bad it's just not *my* neighborhood.