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foodieX2 Dec 7, 2010 07:57 AM

Don't know the area at all, are making the trip to Hockeytown for some xmas shopping. Want to avoid the mall at all costs. Already been to Sintra

We have narrowed it down to following from previous posts on here, urban spoon and on yelp, tripadvisor

Venezia
Cafe 1209 Fine Dining
Spazio
Campanale's Restaurant

would love opinions and alternate suggestions!

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  1. CocoDan Dec 7, 2010 08:43 AM

    Sorry, but I find fault with all of your selections. I would opt for Alba in Quincy center.
    Enjoy,
    CocoDan

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      foodieX2 Dec 7, 2010 08:50 AM

      My selections were only based on other board posts so appreciate the alternative. What can you tell me about Alba? Any must haves?

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        CocoDan Dec 7, 2010 10:29 AM

        Alba (nickname for Albania) has tasty apps. I really like their white bean soup that they only make in the cold months. Had some last Saturday night. Delicious! They have very good bread; and be sure to ask for olive oil and balsamic. Very good for dipping. Seafood dishes are always good. Reliable chicken, lamb and beef items. I also like their pasta offerings. Good and friendly bar service, with more than acceptable wine list. If Leo (the owner), is there, he can be very helpful with a wine selection. Hope this helps. Give it a try and report back.
        Enjoy,
        CocoDan

    2. hiddenboston Dec 7, 2010 09:18 AM

      Campanale's is very inconsistent, so I can't really recommend it. Spazio is decent enough, though there are better places for Italian (like Ecco on Route 18 in Weymouth and Gennaro's just south of Quincy Center). Haven't been to the other two.
      How about El Sarape in the East Braintree/Weymouth Landing area? Very good Mexican food there.

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      El Sarape
      5 Commercial St, Braintree, MA 02184

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        beb31 Dec 7, 2010 12:04 PM

        Cafe 1209 closed some time ago and is now Viola - cramped place that serves subpar Italian food. I wouldn't recommend the other three either. If you are hellbent against returning to Sintra, I would second hiddenboston's rec for Ecco in Weymouth or, if you are in the mood for higher-quality Thai/Chinese, I would suggest Cafe Asiana on Pearl Street in South Braintree Square.

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        Cafe Asiana
        25 Pearl St, Braintree, MA 02184

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          watertowngourmet Dec 7, 2010 12:22 PM

          Alba is terrific. If you want to drive 10 minute to the next town, Randolph boasts Cafe Bella and Pho So 1. Can't go wrong with any of these.

        2. cannedmilkandfruitypebbles Dec 7, 2010 01:41 PM

          Yikes. Abandon your list. Where are you coming from? Are you driving 128 or Rt.3? We can probably point you toward something decent with good highway access. there's not much in the immediate area of Hockeytown. I like El Sarape. It has decent highway access. But looks like you're looking for Italian based on your list? for something much more casual, there's Tennessee BBQ just a few minutes away. It's counter service but respectable BBQ and excellent mac and cheese.

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          El Sarape
          5 Commercial St, Braintree, MA 02184

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            foodieX2 Dec 7, 2010 05:14 PM

            Thanks all. We live on the SS. Regular places we go are tosca, saporitos, the snug, trattoria san pietro, orta, bellas, fins to name a few

            We love asian/thai/sushi and often get to quincy for that and are regulars at El Sarape however that is all we know once you get north of hingham/weymouth unless it the city.

            Did searches and that how I came up with the now apperantly dismal list, LOL! We enjoyed sintra but my husband is dead set on a good cocktail so sintra is out unless they recently got a license? Same goes with Tennesee BBQ.

            Thanks for advice. at this piont we think we might try Alba or backtrack and head to Marshfield for tapas. Hey with a babysitter we can afford to waste some time!

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            El Sarape
            5 Commercial St, Braintree, MA 02184

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              Pegmeister Dec 7, 2010 05:45 PM

              Alba is a great suggestion, but I'm surprised no one recommended Fat Cat in Quincy Center.

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              Fat Cat
              24 Chestnut St, Quincy, MA 02169

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                CocoDan Dec 8, 2010 05:03 AM

                Peg, Does anyone not know about Fat Cat? HA!
                CocoDan

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                Fat Cat
                24 Chestnut St, Quincy, MA 02169

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                  Pegmeister Dec 8, 2010 05:25 AM

                  True, I think I was surprised that you didn't mention it in your post. :)

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                    CocoDan Dec 8, 2010 06:11 AM

                    It's hard enough to get a table now without sending two more customers there. As always it's a great place to have a meal anytime. Hard to miss there!!!
                    Enjoy,
                    CocoDan

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                beb31 Dec 8, 2010 05:10 AM

                Sintra does have a full liquor license, but I can't attest to the level of bartending as I have not been back since their main bartender left a few months ago.

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                Sintra
                906 Washington St, Braintree, MA 02184

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                  T.Clark Dec 8, 2010 05:11 AM

                  Sintra recieved it's all alcohol license about a year ago.

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                  Sintra
                  906 Washington St, Braintree, MA 02184

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