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La Morra

  • rchudy Apr 22, 2010 08:09 AM
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Went last night, pretty much underwhelmed. Seems like one of those reasonably priced places that if you don't know any better, you'd think it was spectacular. (Ten Tables comes to mind) Nice atmosphere, certainly looks the part, and they almost trick you into thinking you're getting top notch cuisine for a bargain. But ultimately, it's priced properly and is not worth a return trip IMO.

La Morra
48 Boylston Street, Brookline, MA 02445

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  1. A place I want to love, as I admired the chef/owner's work at Tuscan Grill. But I share your general sense of disappointment, based on a recent dinner. The sign out front is still misspelled, too.


    Tuscan Grill
    361 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453

    1. rchucy, would you mind being a bit more specific? It's hard to get a sense of what you were disappointed in, and the review would be helpful to those of us have it on their "to go" list.


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      1. re: bear

        Sure can. Two of us ordered salads, while they tasted fine, they were easily two of the most over-dressed salads I've ever had, still feeling the effects of all that vinegar this morning. Tried the ricotta pasta with spring vegetables and ramp pesto, it was underseasoned and flat, needed acidity and the ramp element (one of my all-time favorite veg.) just did not come through. The Orecciette with sausage and cannellini beans was decent, and I like al dente pasta, but this was beyond al dente, needed another minute or so in the water, again, underseasoned. I had the brick cornish hen as an entree, which was moist, but had flabby skin (what's the point of brick chicken if you can't even get the skin crisp?) and lentils with kale and radicchio, which were nice components but didn't feel like anything complemented each other. Dessert, of the two I tried, the sorbet trio and raspberry crostada, were good, but too sweet IMO (yes it's a dessert, but I still think it can be too sweet) The goat cheese sorbet on the crostada was, however, excellent. Overall, fundamental things bothered me the most; over-dressed salads and under-cooked pastas, it just lacked that little extra care and technique I always look for in a restaurant.

        1. re: rchudy

          Thanks for the detailed response. Bummer that you didn't enjoy it. I still may check it out in the future, but it helps to hear different experiences and go with your eyes open.

      2. Also went last night. Dinner started with good bread and a ricotta/olive oil spread. Chef sent out an amuse bouche of asparagus tempura which was quite good. Had a very nice dish of pasta with spring vegetables and excellent glass of Nero D'Avola. . DC had an appetizer of grilled asparagus with fried egg and a fish entree. Service is very attentive. All in all, it's a place I enjoy.

        1. Used to love La Morra a few years back but have slowly experienced a decline in food there...It's okay...but for price point and having to park valet most of the time...Meh, there's better options nearby. I'd pick Pomodoro up the street over LM in a heartbeat.

          La Morra
          48 Boylston Street, Brookline, MA 02445

          319 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113

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          1. re: mbasnack

            i really don't care for pomodoro and find the food overpriced and the place uncomfortable. I've always found La Morra's food more interesting, though sometimes not quite on the mark. Haven't been for a while so I'll have to go back to see if it has lost a beat.

            La Morra
            48 Boylston Street, Brookline, MA 02445