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rozziegirl Mar 25, 2010 02:40 PM

Having visitors from San Francisco. Looking for a downtown (not 'burbs) dinner option with great food and great wine list. Last visit was Prezza - and enjoyed that. What next? And what to order?

Thanks!

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Prezza
24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

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    Dan Boston Mar 25, 2010 03:27 PM

    Mamma Maria is one of my favorite Italian restaurants in Boston. Their osso buco and wild mushroom ravioli are both among my favorite things to eat in Boston. Another good North End Italian place is Bricco. I love the zucchini flowers. If you want a more modern dining room, Sorellina is a very good Italian restaurant near Copley. Mistral is a modern French Restaurant in the Back Bay/South End, and I’ve had great food and service every time I’ve eaten there. Also I love the prune stuffed gnocchi and No. 9 Park.

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    Bricco
    241 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

    Mamma Maria Restaurant
    3 North Sq, Boston, MA 02113

    Sorellina
    1 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

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      rozziegirl Mar 25, 2010 05:26 PM

      Thanks DB. Diners don't do pasta or many carbs- should have said that to start. So don't necessarily want Italian - dinner companion had from grilled menu at Prezza last time. We've been to No 9 - also really enjoyed.

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      Prezza
      24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

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      csammy Mar 25, 2010 06:47 PM

      When you said "great food and great wine list" Troquet was the first restaurant that popped to mind. They have great food and an amazing wine list.

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      Troquet
      140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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        Dan Boston Mar 26, 2010 05:53 AM

        I ate once at Troquet, and I was very impressed. They have a great selection of wines by the glass. If you choose to eat there, save room for dessert. They are wonderful.

        Regarding the Italian restaurants; all of them have many non-pasta options, and the osso buco at Mamma Maria is truly fantastic.

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        Troquet
        140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

        Mamma Maria Restaurant
        3 North Sq, Boston, MA 02113

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          9lives Mar 26, 2010 02:16 PM

          Troquet was my first thought. When you make a res, request a table overlooking the Common.

          I like to go with the tasting menu. I've done both the menu tasting and a blind tasting that the chef selects; can be fun to not know what's coming next. As to wine, I like to give them a budget and let them pair the wines. Unless you're really a wine expert, I'd recommend this route. I usually pick a number that's 30-50% more than their suggested pairings and they always overdeliver.let them know when you make your res if you want the blind tasting. Obviously,let them know of any allergies, likes or dislikes.

          As a siingle dish, highly recommend whatever they're doing with pork...suckling pig is a great dish.

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          Troquet
          140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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          phatchris Mar 26, 2010 01:49 PM

          If your in the mood for seafood hit Neptune Oyster in the North End.

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          Neptune Oyster
          63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

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            ptrefler Mar 26, 2010 02:55 PM

            I am from San Francisco and now live in Boston - how about Hammersly's Bistro or Mistral? When I first moved to Boston I found the restaurant scene rather sparse (it was 20 years ago), but I discovered Hammersly's and have always enjoyed the food.

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