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What do you with think of this Radius/Via Matta Living Social Deal?

gramercyfoodie Feb 4, 2011 03:14 AM

doesn't appear to be more than an expensive restaurant week to me but can't tell from the blurb?

Chef Michael Schlow Presents
Three-Course Meal at Radius, Via Matta, Alta Strada, or Tico
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If variety is the spice of life, then consider today's deal the keys to the spice cabinet: Pay just $50 and snag a seasonal three-course tasting at any of celebrity chef -- and oh, by the way, James Beard Award winner -- Michael Schlow's five Boston-area restaurants (a $100 value). That means you could indulge in an elegant French meal at the award-winning Radius, chow down on authentic Tuscan cuisine at Via Matta, or dine on delicious Latin American-inspired dishes at Tico, the Back Bay's newest hot spot. You could also head out to Wellesley or MGM Grand at Foxwoods for fresh Italian fare at either Alta Strada location. With so much variety, it may be hard to choose, so don't shy away from sampling them all -- you'll find a different menu, exclusively available to LivingSocial voucher holders, at each restaurant. After all, who wants to live a bland life?
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Alta Strada
92 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02482

Via Matta
79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

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    stomachofsteel RE: gramercyfoodie Feb 4, 2011 03:21 AM

    It does seem a little fishy. Radius offers a 4-course tasting menu for $80, so 3 courses for $50 isn't that much of a deal (certainly not a 50% savings) unless they're serving you something really special -- which of course you won't know until you sit down to it, having long since spent the money.

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      bakerboyz RE: gramercyfoodie Feb 4, 2011 04:52 AM

      Unfortunately, there is no information on the menu or what the 3 course meals consist of...I would like to know beforehand.

      1. MC Slim JB RE: gramercyfoodie Feb 4, 2011 05:40 AM

        When did Via Matta start doing Tuscan cuisine? That's way off. Tico isn't open yet. And yes, this doesn't sound like a deal, especially without details.


        Via Matta
        79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

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          ospreycove RE: MC Slim JB Feb 4, 2011 05:49 AM

          McSlim, I looked at the menu on their website; seems they are doing everything from Sicilano to Emilia Romagna style dishes; including Tuscano, but I would not refer to the menu as "Tuscan" either.

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            MC Slim JB RE: ospreycove Feb 4, 2011 06:09 AM

            Yeah, I was just busting on some poor PR person who wrote that. I like Via Matta's food the best of all of Schlow's outlets these days, but a salumi plate with chicken liver crostini aside, that menu isn't remotely Tuscan.


            Via Matta
            79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

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            ecwashere7 RE: MC Slim JB Feb 4, 2011 06:21 AM

            I'd agree that the cuisine is more influenced by Emilia-Romagna and the Piedmont than Tuscany, but it certainly has it's Tuscan influences, too. I love going to Via Matta because it reminds me the most of what I used to eat when I studied in Florence/Parma.

            Via Matta
            79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

          3. ecwashere7 RE: gramercyfoodie Feb 4, 2011 06:18 AM

            I just found this thread after starting one of my own. This seems like hardly a deal.

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              pathfinder RE: gramercyfoodie Feb 4, 2011 07:39 AM

              Does not seem like a deal at all. Just seems like away to get you in the door and spend more money.

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                gramercyfoodie RE: gramercyfoodie Feb 4, 2011 09:33 AM

                glad we're all in agreement. funny how all these places think if they post on groupon, etc people will fall for it as a deal.

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                  quirkydeb RE: gramercyfoodie Feb 4, 2011 01:19 PM

                  Thank you, chowhound. I was wondering how much of a deal it was too. Unlike Groupon, Living Social doesn't have a discussion section. With a Radius Valentine's Day 5 course tasting menu for $100, how is 3 courses for $100 (only paying the bargain price of $50) a deal? Based on the picture, I'm thinking the 3 course includes the $19 burger and the other $81 for the appetizer and dessert (which must be pretty amazing).

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                    emannths RE: quirkydeb Feb 4, 2011 01:34 PM

                    And a 6 course tasting menu at Via Matta is only $85...

                    Via Matta
                    79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

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                    Kitamonster RE: gramercyfoodie Feb 11, 2011 06:13 AM

                    About to post my comments on doing the tasting menu last night at TIco... quick summary is I was VERY pleasantly surprised.

                    1. wellington RE: gramercyfoodie Feb 22, 2011 09:12 AM

                      After receiving an email from Living Social this weekend about this deal, I called Via Matta to get their perspective on how they would fulfill their offer. Instead of clearing things up, I was left with more doubt about the offering. When I asked what comprised the 3 course/$100 value tasting menu, I wasn't given a straight answer. In fact I was told the chef's offering could be at least 3 but up to 6 courses based on food availability and chef's whim that evening. No guarantees that more than 3 courses would be served. The second issue I had was when I was told all other diners in the party without the Living Social coupon would also have to order the same multi-course dinner at the full value price of $100. At this point, I totally lost interest in the deal. I gave Living Social a call and told them about my concerns. They quickly processed a refund on my behalf. In hindsight, this deal would have been better for all if it were a simple straight-up $100 off your dinner bill coupon for $50. Almost all of these "social" restaurant deals from Living Social, Groupon et al are structured this way and most include alcohol as well...

                      Via Matta
                      79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

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