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Celia's in Quincy Closes -- Stadium Sports Bar proposing new restaurant

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Pegmeister Aug 18, 2009 08:52 AM

Just read about this in the Patriot Ledger. Sadly, I never got to try Celia's. I bet the Stadium will give the Fours a run for there money though.

  1. hiddenboston Aug 18, 2009 09:01 AM

    The Stadium Sports Bar and Grill is definitely opening in the spot where Cela's used to be (1495 Hancock Street). Not sure of the exact date, though. Did the Ledger say when they might open?

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      Pegmeister Aug 18, 2009 09:22 AM

      Ledger didn't give an opening date, but the Stadium is holding a job fair today.

    2. SeaSide Tomato Aug 18, 2009 09:05 AM

      Word on the street is folks from Stadium made an offer that Cela's could not refuse. Sale is done, Stadium signs in the window already.

      1. C. Hamster Aug 18, 2009 09:57 AM

        Where is 1495?

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          hiddenboston Aug 18, 2009 10:25 AM

          It's about one block south of the circle in the center of town, more or less at Cottage Street. Maybe two blocks north of Little Q....

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            C. Hamster Aug 18, 2009 11:12 AM

            Danke

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          mkel34 Aug 18, 2009 01:39 PM

          The Fours has good food, parking, decent amount of space, and a good reputation. I don't think they have much too worry about after the initial buzz.

          As for the Stadium in South Boston, they have a great space and a neighborhood of 20-30 somethings to support them and the food at the Stadium seems to come from the menu of Chef Sysco.

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            Pegmeister Aug 19, 2009 04:50 AM

            I think this may be a wait and see situation. Afterall, Stadium customers can use the same parking lot and make the 1 minute walk to th restaurant, and I have seen those Sysco containers at the Fours. Don't get me wrong. I think the Fours offers decent food. I happen to love their shrimp rafael. It's comfortable to sit at the bar, but when it's football season it's impossible to get a seat.

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              CocoDan Aug 19, 2009 06:19 AM

              It's really too bad Cela's is gone. Was there a couple of nights before they closed. Had their fettucini with basil pesto, potatoes, string beans and spinach. Wow! They were the only Quincy Italian restaurant I was comfortable with. I know! I know! Most South Shore 'Hounds like Genaro's, but it doesn't do it for me. Please, let someone open a decent Italian restaurant in Quincy!!!
              A real one. Not a chain. I can only pray.
              CocoDan

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                hiddenboston Aug 19, 2009 06:49 AM

                CocoDan, have you tried Ecco in Weymouth? It's a borderline upscale place on Route 18 near the Abington line, and nearly everything I've tried there has been very good to excellent. Good waitstaff as well, and the prices are reasonable for what you get there.

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                  CocoDan Aug 19, 2009 08:56 AM

                  I've been meaning to get there, and certainly will now make the effort as I do go by there alot since it's on the way to my son's home. Thanks for the tip. Will report back when I do.
                  CocoDan

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                  Pegmeister Aug 19, 2009 09:37 AM

                  CocoDan -- What no Villa Rosa or Alfredo's!! :)

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                    CocoDan Aug 19, 2009 10:12 AM

                    The last time I went to V.R. the pizza was like eating cardboard, and the tomato sauce was like red water. Alfredo's is a little too much on the greasy side for me (no ethnic pun intended). I'd rather go to the Venetian in Weymouth. I like their sauces well enough that we take a couple of quarts home with us when we go (better than anything out of a jar, including Rao), and their pizza is pretty high on my list after Regina's (North End only). They also have a pretty good house salad dressing. We've been going there since I was ten years old (29 years ago, Ha! Ha!). And it won't kill you price wise. Oh, did I mention free parking.
                    Enjoy,
                    CocoDan

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                      hiddenboston Aug 20, 2009 07:26 AM

                      Heh, I was at Villa Rosa last night, but only for drinks and the Sox game. I saw a couple of people in the bar area with pizza, and I have to say that it didn't look as good as it used to.

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                        xo_kizzy_xo Aug 23, 2009 06:35 AM

                        The last time we were at the Villa we ordered our regular stand-by pizza -- yeah, they've either changed formulas or have a new chef or something, and not for the better. Word must be getting around because it's also not as busy as it used to be -- we know "regulars" who aren't "regular" anymore for that very reason.

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                      mwk Aug 19, 2009 03:10 PM

                      As long as we are on the topic, sort of, how is that place, Maria's, on Quincy Ave. in Braintree? Anyone have any inside information?

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                        Pegmeister Aug 20, 2009 05:03 AM

                        OMG, I haven't been to Maria's in over 20 years! It was a great date place then, inexpensive, good pizza, decent pasta. It took a down turn and I never went back. For that matter, I didn't think it was still open, but I took a look at their website and it's fairly current. Maybe someone else will post who has a recent experience. I'm somewhat curious to go back.

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                          CocoDan Aug 20, 2009 12:14 PM

                          Actually, Maria's isn't half bad. Old school red sauce menu, cheap wine by the carafe. Salads, not the greatest. They have a lot of dishes "el greco" style. I wouldn't say stay away. It's cheap eats, like the good old days. Give it a try.
                          CocoDan

                      2. re: Pegmeister
                        kobuta Aug 19, 2009 04:10 PM

                        No, you mentioned Villa Rosa!!! :(

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                          jjbourgeois Aug 20, 2009 12:50 PM

                          Ummm, people eat at the Villa Rosa?!?!? What a truly horrifying idea.

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                        C. Hamster Aug 19, 2009 08:48 AM

                        I agree entirely with pegmeister.

                        The food, parking and space is pretty much the same

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                          typhoonfish Aug 20, 2009 03:45 AM

                          Quincy is due for real good pub food. The closest we have is the Fours and Grumpy's. There's nothing in North Quincy or Wollaston besides Alumni pizza. Someone needs to come in with a gourmet burger place.

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                            SeaSide Tomato Aug 20, 2009 11:02 AM

                            Wouldn't that be Fat Cat?

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                              typhoonfish Aug 20, 2009 11:33 AM

                              Ever been to the Mew's Tavern in Wakefield RI? We need that....30 different beers on tap, good burgers, great fries.

                              Fat Cat gets a few things right but gets a few really wrong.

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                              mwk Aug 20, 2009 12:28 PM

                              Actually, I've recently "discovered" the Fowler House, in Quincy Center on Hancock St. I think the food there is quite good, given what it is trying to achieve. It's a nice variety, decent quality, huge portions and reasonable prices in a nice, casual atmosphere. I think it qualifies in my book as "good pub food". Give it a try.

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                                Pegmeister Aug 24, 2009 05:33 AM

                                Fowler House has had many ups and downs over the years. I loved the baked chicken pasta dish and the pizza there at one time, but the chef moved on. Haven't been since they expanded, so it's been quite a few years. May have to rethink it and give it another try.

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                                  CocoDan Aug 24, 2009 06:27 AM

                                  It's ok for a change of pace, but I'm not crazy about their pizza. As a matter of fact, I never order it. I go more for the turkey tips. Not bad. Give it a try.
                                  CocoDan

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                                    mwk Aug 26, 2009 02:22 PM

                                    The Fowler does "bar pizza". Now, I know that there are many aficionados of this type of pizza, especially in Quincy. However, it leaves me cold. I had an excellent platter of sirloin steak tips, though. Their baked ziti was also excellent.

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                                      rknrll Aug 26, 2009 02:24 PM

                                      Plus they have Buck Hunter.

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                                        mwk Aug 26, 2009 02:26 PM

                                        Is that the name of a beer, or a bartender? :)

                      4. Bob MacAdoo Aug 20, 2009 11:23 AM

                        The Four's is to Cooperstown as the Stadium is to the bleachers.

                        Me, I'll take the Bobby Orr, medium rare please, and a Guinesss over an 'All Star' Club or a 'Fenway' BLT (huh?). But that's just me.

                        Of course, both will succeed wildly in our sports-crazed region of the world. There's plenty of room around the telly to watch the Sawx, Pats nd C's do battle.

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                          CocoDan Aug 20, 2009 01:12 PM

                          Don't look for me at either the "Fours" or the "Stadium". Not my thing. I prefer the "Fat Cat", or for a sports bar, the "Fowler House"(they do a decent job). To each his own.
                          Enjoy,
                          CocoDan

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                          Vanessa306 Aug 21, 2009 07:13 PM

                          I am really sad. I LOVED Cela's. The filet mignon and cornish hen were to die for. Their pasta was good but I really liked their meat entrees. Also, the chocolate mousse cake was outstanding. The waitress told me all their desserts were from Modern Pastry in the North End. I don't blame them for selling though. The restaurant business is so tough, especially in this economy. I will be curious to see how the Stadium bar does against the Fours. Thank God the Fat Cat is doing well!!

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                            Rooster07 Aug 22, 2009 12:09 PM

                            Celia's was one of my favorite Italian places too. I loved both their pasta and steak. The only problem I had there turned out to be a pleasant surprise. I ordered a limoncello meaning the drink, but was served a piece of limoncello cake which turned out to be excellent.

                            Now at least I know where to go to get another piece of that cake. Thanks Vanessa306!

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