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Oct 1, 2010 12:12 PM


Looking for a good mediterranean in the Boston area. Recommendations?

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  1. I've already got a good Israeli sweetheart!

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    1. re: Science Chick

      LOL!!!! You beat me to that one. :-D
      My favorites are probably Alia in Winthrop, Sophia's Grotto in Roslindale, and Cafe Mangal in Wellesley.

      Cafe Mangal
      555 Washington St, Wellesley, MA 02482

      Sophia's Grotto
      22 Birch St, Roslindale, MA 02131

    2. mediteranean includes Italian and Spanish and Turkish food, does it not?

      There are many threads about these two cuisines; my favorite Italian are Coppa and Rialto; I have not tried Toro, but i am a big fan of Ken Oringer. And Oleana is probably the best Turkish restaurant around.

      1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

      253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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      1. re: cambridgedoctpr

        toro is quasi-mexican.

        this is such a broad request...

        rialto and no.9 are fine dining with italian in the former and french in the latter as the motif. prezza and carmen in the north end and rocca and erbaluce in the south end are more "modern" italian. so does scampo at the liberty hotel. taberna del haro is fantastic spanish tapas. neptune oyster does italian-accented seafood. craigie on main takes its nod from france, as does clio, but the latter leans on japan as well. coppa is more casual, as are aquitaine, pierro bistro, bistro du midi and gaslight. basically a sandwich joint, but with solid food, is sultan's kitchen in the financial district.

        and shoot the moon with menton, named after a southern french city.

        1. re: hotoynoodle

          eta: man, my syntax and typing sucked before enough caffeine today. sorry, lol.

          1. re: hotoynoodle

            "toro is quasi-mexican"

            Disagree. Can't think of anything I've had there particularly Mexican, but perhaps you've had something? What struck you as Mexican? Or was some sort of typo, also?

            1. re: Alcachofa

              I took a double take too. But I think that awesome corn is Mexican. The rest of the menu is Spanish - inspired, I'd say.

        2. can you specify what you mean by mediterranean? Cafe Baraka has wonderful Moroccan/Tunisian food, Family Restaurant in Brookline has lovely Turkish food, and there are several sicilian/italian restaurants. Southern France, maybe Sandrines.

          Baraka Cafe
          80 Pearl St, Cambridge, MA 02139

          8 Holyoke St., Cambridge, MA 02138

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          1. re: teezeetoo

            Sandrine is actually definitely NOT Mediterranean. It is food from Alsace, a region that is part French and part German and just about as far from the sea as you can get in Western Europe.

            In fact in France the only way you could be much LESS Mediterranean would be to have food from Normandy or Bordeaux.

            8 Holyoke St., Cambridge, MA 02138

            1. re: StriperGuy

              whoops - thanks for the correction.

            2. re: teezeetoo

              I've gotta say not so much on the Family Restaurant comment... I've been there several times and I find their food often too greasy, and I haven't had such great service either.
              - Gaby

            3. Oleana?

              134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

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              1. re: cutipie721

                out of curiosity, do you feel that Oleana is not good or not mediterranean?

                134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

                1. re: cambridgedoctpr

                  I think the implication is quite the opposite: that Oleana fits the bill.


              2. Sabur?

                Sabur Restaurant
                212 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144