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Will be in Wrentham Mass, and would like to venture out one night for dinner. Casual, locally owned, good food, mid range.
We like anything.

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  1. If you're going to Providence, head over to the Federal Hill area (Atwells Ave). This is the Little Italy section and there are many good casual restaurants. When I'm in the area I always stop into Venda Ravioli, It's a store, a deli, a cafe. Here's their website http://www.vendaravioli.com In the warmer weather you can eat outside.

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    Little Italy
    294 Cabot St, Beverly, MA 01915

    1. Looking for a peppy atmosphere and character. Too much to ask? Three women on a work trip.

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      1. re: itryalot

        Peppy atmosphere and you'll already be in Wrentham....you might want to check out Patriot Place.

        1. re: JaneRI

          Is that the one in Foxborough. We were hoping for something specializing in regional (fish and such) dishes and with local flavor in a great neighborhood.

          1. re: itryalot

            Incontro in Franklin. Nice outdoor deck. Large billiards room/lounge upstairs for nightlife after dinner. Thoroughly Italian, I don't know how local you'd consider it, but in season they do have an arrangement w/a local farm and will plan that week's specials around what's fresh. I went last night and had the duck breast w/fig risotto & grilled spring onions...not sure why I didn't think of it before.

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            Incontro Restaurant
            860 W Central St, Franklin, MA 02038

      2. Loie Fuller, Broadway Bistro, Nick's on Broadway, Parkside........

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        Parkside Restaurant
        220 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, MA 01201

        Broadway Bistro
        205 Broadway, Providence, RI 02903

        1. La Laiterie --- one of the best restaurants in New England and one of my favorites in the whole country. Won't be too expensive if you're not ordering the whole menu. Everything is fantastic. You absolutely must go.

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          La Laiterie
          184-188 Wayland Avenue, Providence, RI 02906

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          1. re: Citizen Taco

            I loved La Laiterie the first year they were open.... since then I think it's become overrated and overpriced. It's also quite a drive home from Providence to Wrentham (back roads not highway) if you want to have a couple of glasses of wine.

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            La Laiterie
            184-188 Wayland Avenue, Providence, RI 02906

            1. re: JaneRI

              It seems that it is only an hour or so; is it? Is there someplace we should be going that's closer and chowworthy?

              1. re: itryalot

                Totally disappointed with our last, two trips to La Laiterie...

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                La Laiterie
                184-188 Wayland Avenue, Providence, RI 02906

                1. re: Sean

                  Loie Fuller? This place was all the rage about three years ago, then....nothing. I don't know anyone who goes any longer - didn't even know it was still open! Has anyone been recently?

                  1. re: OOliver

                    Loie FUller is open and always crowded. The quality of the food has never faltered. The only complaint that people have is regarding the service, but I have never had issue. Sure they allow you time to enjoy your dinner and don't hover over you making you feel like they are trying to make you leave.

                  2. re: Sean

                    Sean, I made the mistake of going back for FOUR disappointing visits. I'm done for good now.

                    1. re: JaneRI

                      Honestly I don't think there is anyone else doing food as interesting AND well sourced as La Latrie. Skip the burger, skip the mac, skip the grilled cheese and dig deep into their menu for some of the best food in the area. The sardine is awesome, the soft shell crabs were crazy good with green goddess , as were the ramps and romesco (i'm assuming those last two are gone now). the crew there are doing some awesome things

                      1. re: P.K

                        What are the prices there like? There is nothing on their website.

                        1. re: P.K

                          Maybe I need to go back, but I stopped going about a year ago after three not-so-great experiences. Corn soup, in corn season. Should have been bursting w/fresh corn flavor, right? Barely had any flavor, and I think the "bowl" may have held 3 oz? And I'm sure I must have paid about $8-9 for that bowl. 3 experiences like that and I washed my hands of that place. Felt like I was at Al Forno!

                    2. re: itryalot

                      Well under an hour, but all back roads. If you like wine, I wouldn't drive from Wrentham to Providence & back. I'd go with Incontro.

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                      Incontro Restaurant
                      860 W Central St, Franklin, MA 02038

                      1. re: JaneRI

                        Let's clarify. We like 1. Food and 2. Wine (in that order).
                        What are the prices at La Laiterie? Nothing on their website. We have to stay under a work budget.

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                        La Laiterie
                        184-188 Wayland Avenue, Providence, RI 02906