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Aug 2, 2009 09:53 AM

?La Romagnoli, Coolidge Sq., Watertown

Noticed a sign in the long vacant Kay's across from Sevan & Arax that says something like "La Romagnoli Coming Soon". Anyone know anything about this &/or if it's the folks from Romagnoli's Table?

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  1. This place is supposed to be opening as an Italian grocery store, according to another local business owner, and it is the Romagnoli's Table folks:

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    1. re: Taralli

      that's nice to hear, but I'm confused. The globe link is Mr. Romongnoli's obit...not an announcement for a new Italian groceria.

      1. re: Buddernut

        The link was just to give folks some history regarding their former restaurant, TV show & books. Many of us will remember dining at their place in Quincy Market, as well as watching their TV show.

      2. re: Taralli

        the signs remain in the window, but there is little, if any activity in the storefront.

        1. re: Taralli

          the obit failed to say about the rest at the burlington mall
          and with they both being dead and the rest of the familia spread out all over the country it is hard to believe this is part of them

        2. Brick red tiles are going down at La Romagnoli, while a few doors down, the now closed sushi place on the corner is boasting a sign: OPENING SOON! "Red Lentil", vegetarian.

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          1. re: Taralli

            That seems to be a rough location for mediocre asian places...

            1. re: Taralli

              That's at 600 Mt. Auburn, right? I had heard that a vegan place was moving into that spot, but wasn't able to find out the name. Thanks!

              1. re: Taralli

                I'm soooo disapointed that the chinese/sushi place closed. It was the best, freshest and delicious in the area!!

                1. re: Taralli

                  Little cards in the windows saying: OPENING October 1st with a listing of goods that sounds like Salumeria Italiana w/sandwiches, etc.

                  1. re: Taralli

                    Talked w/Anna last week, and she hopes to open, hopefully, by this weekend - maybe even by 10/8 - can't wait.

                    1. re: Taralli

                      Cool, store appears to be shaping up.

                    2. re: Taralli

                      Just went there for lunch - it's very much like Salumeria Italiana, and in addition you can sit down and eat. Menu is anwhere from soup to panini to homemade pasta. Food was very good, they've got all kinds of goods imported from Italy that I haven't seen since childhood, Panatone, homemade sauces. No credit card machines yet - that'll be next week.

                      1. re: nmac8953

                        I don't see how you can compare the place to Salumeria Italiana an institution in Boston for at least 20 years.

                        La Romangoli does not have 1/8 of the goods for sale that Salumeria Italiana has.

                        Also, if you have not seen those goods since childhood then you could not possibly have ever set food in Salumeria Italiana as they have Panetone, sauces, etc. in abundance.

                          1. re: StriperGuy

                            I think nmac was saying that they had "imported goods s/he hadn't seen since childhood" AND pannetone AND homemade sauces -- no slur on Salumeria Italiana.

                            Of course it has a small fraction of the selection, but the few items La Romagnoli does sell are very good. I am happy to have it in the neighborhood instead of having to hike to the North End.