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Any recent experiences at Bina Osteria? Teatro? Via Matta?

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I've lost track on the status of Bina - it was lauded so highly at first - where do things stand now?

Haven't been to Teatro - any specific dishes or experiences?

Via Matta still a fun, glam spot to get chow?

Any help is appreciated.

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Teatro
177 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111

Via Matta
79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

Bina Osteria
581 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111

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  1. Teatro for me has been up and down. It's always kind of a zoo in there around primetime. The last time we went, we had a pizza (good, but more like a flatbread - crispy and few toppings), the carbonara (good but almost too heavy on the sauce), and the orcchiette (very tasty but very, very garlic-y).

    It's decent, but based on my last visit, I probably wouldn't go out of my way to go back. I liked Da Vinci more, if you're looking for something in that area.

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    Teatro
    177 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111

    1. Via Matta is as good as ever. I find the food to be extremely consistent there, and have never had a bad meal. I still can't avoid ordering the bolognese every time though, which also happens to be one of the better bargains on the menu.

      I think all restaurants have been quieter than usual this year due to the weather. However Via Matta still had a lively vibe on the weekends.

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      Via Matta
      79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

      1. Bina Osteria got yet another chef recently, their fourth in two years. Kind of annoying. How many chances are we supposed to give them? I haven't been back since the early days of #3.

        I think Via Matta is still consistently very good, have been a couple of times in the last few months.

        Looong time since I've been back to Teatro. Missed the whole Tony Susi era (he's in NYC, cooking for Todd English at Olives these days, or so I hear.)

        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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        Teatro
        177 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111

        Via Matta
        79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

        Bina Osteria
        581 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          Interestingly, I just had dinner at Bina Osteria this week. I really want to like this place for many reasons. It is very close to where I work and Babak and his sister are lovely people and wonderful front of the hosue folks. the place is is quiet and yet high tech vibe at same time. But, there were lapses in servece and food; long waits for food and an indifferent waiter. Food was generally good but uneven. Check came and charged for an additional bottle of wine not ordered or drunk. A little cheesey for me - sensed that that they thought we were "happy" enough to not review check. Uneasy felling that waiter was trying (on his own) to up the check.

          Had a nice time and Babak is the quintessential host and made everything right. Still, a little uneasy about the place and so would recommend Via Matta as excellent food and and professional , albeit impersonal, servive.

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          Via Matta
          79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

          Bina Osteria
          581 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111

        2. Had dinner at Teatro in December (post Tony Susi) and it was fine but nothing I felt I had to go back for.

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          Teatro
          177 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111

          1. I really like this place. Agreed, it's a zoo, but has a good buzz. They make my favorite fried calamari. I always order it. Did I mention it always great? Decent wine list by the glass. They make a lot of dishes in half orders, which is nice before the theatre.
            Enjoy,
            CocoDan