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Trattoria Toscana ??

what is the current culinary status of Trattoria Toscana on Jersey st in the Fenway area??? reviews seem good, but has any one been recently enough to comment on the food / service??

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Trattoria Toscana
130 Jersey St, Boston, MA 02215

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    1. Went two weeks ago. Food as excellent as ever. Had the penne with spicy tomato sauce (sans pancetta), and DC had the wonderful spaghetti with cod. Service was very friendly. I hope this place is around for a long time.

      1. Still great on both counts, in my recent experience.

        It helps to understand that: a) it is a true trattoria, a modest neighborhood place, and b) it does very traditional Tuscan food, a cuisine that emphasizes simplicity and fairly modest, rustic ingredients. It's not Prezza, or Erbaluce, or Sorrelina, or Rialto, or Scampo.

        That said, it's one of my favorites in Boston.

        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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        Prezza
        24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

        Scampo
        215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

        Erbaluce
        69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          Exactly. Don't go in expecting to be dazzled by culinary invention: this is expertly-prepared comfort food. It's one of my favorites as well.

          1. re: MC Slim JB

            i am meaning to try it, but i wonder how long is the wait on a sunday or a weekday? Is there a bar where seating is easy to come by (unlike ay Craigie) I really like to reserve a table.

            If people are up for a walk, there is free parking on memorial drive.

            1. re: cambridgedoctpr

              They don't have a bar and it's not open on Sunday. But, is is worth planning an early dinner and meeting the nice people who arrive before opening and line up for a table. Not only is it a wonderful dining experience, but we always seem to be surrounded by a nice group of customers.

              Maybe we are all so happy just to be there. I'm so overdue for a trip there. We have to fit this into our schedule soon.

              Penny
              http://www.bostonzest.com/

              1. re: BostonZest

                how about 6 pm on a friday? is that possible?

                Life would be much easier with a reservation system. it would be worth paying for a reservation.

                1. re: cambridgedoctpr

                  Another way to deal with the wait is to go by, put your name in, ask how long the wait will be (they're pretty good at estimating), and walk down the block to pass some time at The Citizen or other nearby place.

                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    ok, that is the way that i need to pay for the wait.

                    One can pay with time or pay with money; TT prefers time; I prefer to pay with money.

                    Why is this your favorite restaurant in boston? That statement from you is enough to pique my interest and cool my heels.

                    1. re: cambridgedoctpr

                      I guess I have to qualify that "favorite": it's traditional Tuscan cuisine, which by definition isn't high on technique. I compare it to Cantonese: it's more about not getting in the way of great ingredients. For me, it's a combination of doing that really well in a package with good prices and excellent service. It truly is a neighborhood trattoria, a one-chef, open-kitchen, rather casual kind of place.

                      No disrespect to the more skills-intensive, inventive cooking of some of our better higher-end places, but Trattoria Toscana brings a lot of charm and consistency to its neighborhood-joint stratum. I can bring or refer anyone there and know they're going to find something to love. Its genius is in its workmanlike modesty, which is truly a reflection of its chef/owner.

                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                      Trattoria Toscana
                      130 Jersey St, Boston, MA 02215

                2. re: BostonZest

                  Penny, when you say they don't have a bar...is it a BYO? If we're staying at the Marriott Long Wharf, is there a "T" stop nearby to Fenway?
                  Thanks!

                  1. re: shopgirl

                    Trattoria Toscana has a beer/wine/cordial license, just no bar. (There's no legal BYO in Boston.) From the Marriott, I might take the Blue Line to the Green Line, and walk from Kenmore Square or Fenway Station.

                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                    Trattoria Toscana
                    130 Jersey St, Boston, MA 02215

                    1. re: shopgirl

                      just fyi, i think that's a pretty long walk-from the T to TTosc.Googlemap it and see what you think.You might want to consider a cab from Kenmore T.

                      1. re: opinionatedchef

                        A half mile? I really don't find that to be a long walk.

                        1. re: opinionatedchef

                          In my experience, a 12 minute walk from Kenmore is more time-efficient that the alternative, which is taking the #55 Queensberry bus from Park or Copley Squares, the terminus of which is right around the corner from the restaurant. My advice changes if the Sox are playing: walking from Fenway station is then the fastest route, as Yawkey Way is blocked.

                          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                          1. re: MC Slim JB

                            I'm pretty sure that the closest T stop would be the Museum of Fine Arts stop on the E line, provided you're willing to cross the Fens (and know which path to take to end up close to Jersey St.). Also, the likely extra wait for an E train may offset the benefit of the shorter walk.

                3. Had dinner there right before Xmas. My second time there. It worked out perfect for a dinner with with my SO, college age son and dad. They had a tilapia special that was really good. Great service and better Italian food then I have had in the North End.

                  1. Last time I was there I thought it was good. However, I don't live in the neighborhood and I wish parking was easier than tracking a wild boar. It isn't. I don't know how they get any business on game days!

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                    1. re: catspercapita

                      Parking is indeed a bear around there. I take the 55 bus or walk from Kenmore Square (after getting a pop at ESK).

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                      1. re: catspercapita

                        The garage at 1330 Boylston Street is another option. It's the newish apartment building that houses Citizen Pub, Upper Crust, and Basho. The parking garage entrance is on Jersey Street, and I think it's $10 in the evenings, cheaper if you validate at places like Citizen.

                        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                          I haven't been to TT for a while (at least a year, maybe two), although it is one of my favorite places in the city. My husband and I usually park at the garage on Queensberry, a tip we got from you, MC.

                          It is a little confusing the first time, since it is filled with taxis and doesn't even appear to be a public lot. You have to pay the attendant in the Deaconess Garage at 60 Kilmarnock and go back and put the receipt on your dashboard. If you tell them your are going to the restaurant, it is really reasonable. Under $10, I believe. We've never had trouble getting a space.

                          Hopefully this isn't outdated info.