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Joanie Feb 24, 2010 03:45 AM

Took a friend out for a b-day dinner to Teatro last nite, very yummy meal. We sat at the bar but I was actually tempted to sit in that beautiful dining room, but it was pretty quiet and opted for the usual bar seats. Had a good white wine that can't remember which one ($10), he stuck with IPA. Split a small order of carbonara and the grilled octopus, both were good esp. the octopus. I don't remember the description indicating that it would have some zing to it but it did. Not chewy at all, tasted good mixed with the spaghetti. We were both pretty full for our entrees, scallops with cauliflower puree and brussels sprouts/bacon for me and pork shank for him. Both were great, really rich, good sized portions, $25 each I think. Got some for lunch today. Even tho I was full I wanted to try some dessert and that was probably the weak point. Mocha semifreddo was more coffee tasting which is fine, but I didn't like the consistency compared to other semifreddos I've had. It was certainly a large piece for $8 tho. I hadn't been there in years and it's definitely some place to keep in mind for a mid-expensive meal, it was $100 for 2 beers, one wine, two apps, two entrees and dessert which is pretty decent for a place that good. And they've got their spaghetti and meatball deal for $9.95 on Wednesdays.

Sun. we were wandering around town with the intention of trying Cafe 47 on Mass Ave. but passed by (the dreaded) Cafeteria where they advertised a $5 burger. I couldn't pass that up and must have been so enthralled by the $5 that I didn't notice that you had to be at the bar for that deal. Since it was pretty crowded at the small bar and we were already seated in a sunny spot watching the crowd go by, we opted for ordering off the regular menu. The white sangria was pretty decent (had some flavored vodka in there too), Belgian beer for the DC. It said all sandwiches came with parmesan fries but when I ordered the grilled cheese/tomato soup, I was told that one didn't come with fries. My other thought was the tuna melt so I went with that ($8) but turns out, the fries weren't really a selling point. Had that weird fake crisp style. the sandwich was good tho, made with capers and good sized so got some lunch out of it. Fish tacos were 4 good sized tacos for $12, sauteed with some cajun spices instead of fried and were fairly flavorful altho maybe too much creamy stuff inside. Lunch prices were good and brunch items sounded good. Service was nice, the space is really kind of pleasant, seems like a place that gangs of girls would like to hang out in with those huge banquettes.

Sat. nite I used a groupon or living social thing at Nebo in the north end which gets no love but I really liked it there. We sat at the bar which was crowded, the restaurant was about half full or so at 8PM (with a gang of girls out on a bachelorette party). We split a great and huge Caesar salad with good anchovies and some mushroom arancini which were okay, they were drizzled with something that was too sweet. We got a white pizza with pancetta, potato and rosemary that was really tasty. A little skimpy on the pancetta but when you got a bite of that and the rosemary, it was so good. I ate my whole share of it and was stuffed but my friend couldn't resist the dessert pizza w/ nutellla and hazelnut ($11) and that was really good too. Brought most of it home for breakfast and dessert the next day. The girl working the bar was really nice, the place has a good feel, pizzas are in the $12-17 range, I liked it.

Also sat down for breakfast at the newish Robinwood Cafe in JP and had a picture perfect western omelet. I like my omelets a little browned and this was done nicely, flecked with peppers, ham and onions, the right amount of cheese perfectly melted. Too bad I couldn't be as excited for the boring home fries. Friends got your basic two eggs and home fries (nothing too exciting on this breakfast menu) and a turkey burger with fries. I've mentioned that the fries are your basic frozen variety but they're done to order so really fresh and hot. I don't see many people there at night but they do have dinners, Greek stuff, etc. I think they'd have more luck if they turned down the lights in the evening, I hope they can attract some more people and do well.

  1. fmcoxe6188 Feb 24, 2010 04:50 AM

    You know its funny-I went to Nebo, jeese maybe a year and a half ago, and enjoyed it as well-but have completely forgotten about it. Thanks for reminding me- Ill have to check it out again now!

    1. Alcachofa Feb 24, 2010 07:03 AM

      I can't remember if I posted this already, but the antipasto plate is BACK at Teatro. Very happy about that.

      1. trufflehound Feb 24, 2010 07:07 AM

        Where in JP is the Robinwood?

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        1. re: trufflehound
          Joanie Feb 24, 2010 07:11 AM

          At the bottom of Robinwood Ave., betweent he two CVS's on Centre st.

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          Wannabfoode Feb 24, 2010 08:22 AM

          Tony Susi is cooking at Teatro since Sage closed.

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          1. re: Wannabfoode
            MC Slim JB Feb 25, 2010 10:20 AM

            This is good news, and reason enough for a revisit!

            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

          2. viperlush Feb 25, 2010 10:17 AM

            I've enjoyed my meals at Teatro, but it seems like the menu never changes. I've gone in March, NYE, and Oct and the scallop dish, the shrimp and tomatoe pasta dish, and tuna carpaccio (sp?) have not changed. And I swear the dessert menu hasn't either.

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            1. re: viperlush
              hotoynoodle Feb 25, 2010 11:50 AM

              same owners at mistral. that menu never changes either.

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