Rabia's, Monica's, Euno, or Galleria 33?
I'll be taking my out-of-town mother to dinner in the NE on our way back from the airport. I've narrowed it down to these four that I haven't tried yet. I'm a vegetarian and she loves fish or pasta. I'd simply pick the menu I like best, but it seems most of these places haven't updated their online menus for years. Which do you like best, and have you had any good vegetarian, pasta or fish dishes there lately?
Haven't made it to Monica's yet, but I have heard good things. My prefeence would probably be Galleria 33. I like the space, more room then most places in the North End, and the wait staff are really pleasant. I've had some amazing pasta dishes there and they're pretty accommodating. Euno's space is more intimate. I absolutely loved their stuffed artichoke appetizer. Rabia's has been more hit or miss for me.
Last year I took my parents to Galleria 33 (it's the only place on your list I've been) and everyone enjoyed their food. i can't remember what I ordered or what I liked about my food, so it's not very memorable, but I did think the food was very solid at the time.
would strongly recommend Monica's of that group, esp. for pasta, which is homemade there. Don't believe this is the case at the others.
We just got back from La Galleria 33. We liked the atmosphere: exposed brick walls, and the weather was finally beautiful so the big floor to ceiling windows were open giving the place an airy, European feel. The food was pretty good. As far as service, we got what we needed, but it was unprofessional.
We arrived on time for our reservation, and there was a crowd of people in the foyer so we waited...and waited.... Finally, my mother realized they were one big party waiting for their table to be set up. Why the hostess/server didn't pull us through the crowd and seat us at one of the many empty tables is a mystery. When we let them know we were there, they wanted to seat us at one of the tables for four (two tables pushed together), but when we asked if another twosome could be seated right next to us (with us, essentially) and they said yes, we opted for the one stand-alone table for two. It had a bunch of dishes and napkins piled on it so we waited for them to clear it. In short, we didn't get the impression they were expecting or ready for us!
The waitress snapped a rubber band in her hand when she half-heartedly droned the specials. She was no teenager but had the attitude of one who was being forced against her will to talk to grown-ups. In a big effort to be convivial, she called us both "hon." We had to ask for water and bread (okay focaccia and bland olive oil). Our entrees arrived when we were halfway through our appetizers.
But we got our food, and it was pretty good except for the tomatoes in the caprese. I know about late blight, but I can get some pretty good tomatoes at Whole Foods. These were light pink. If the star of a dish is poor quality that day, the dish should be taken off the menu, especially when it's $13.25. The mozzarella and balsamic were tasty, but there wasn't enough basil and it was shredded too thin.
The entrees were better. I had a special of housemade eggplant and red pepper ravioli in a tomato vodka cream sauce. The ravioli had a nice bite, and the eggplant filling was flavorful, although I didn't detect any red peppers. My mother had the eggplant parm, which she gave a thumbs up. It was a big portion, covered with bubbling cheese. I had a bite and liked the flavor, but thought the eggplant itself should have been more tender.
If someone invited my back, I wouldn't say no, but I wouldn't elect to go again when there are so many other places to try, and ones that I know I like much better. I'm looking forward to trying the pasta at Monica's. Thanks for the input, guys and gals.