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Favorite Suburban Italian Restaurant?

What are some of your favorite dining spots in the 'burbs for good Italian food? Specifically Metro West, though would be interested in other locales, too. We alternate each week between going into Boston or staying closer to home for dinner (depending on our sitter), and are always looking for recommendations. A few of our faves are Spiga (Needham/Newton line), La Campania (Waltham) and Bistro 5 (Medford), but we'd like to try some other places. Thanks!

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Bistro 5
5 Playstead Road, Medford, MA 02155

La Campania
504 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452

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  1. I really like Grappa (Watertown) and Vecchia Roma (Newton). Both lean just a bit toward upscale, but the prices are reasonable.

    1. We always enjoy: Mezzo Mare, Hull; Saporito's, Hull; Tosca, Hingham; Orta, Pembroke; Tuscany Tavern, Plymouth; and for some reason we always have very good food at Rustic Kitchen at the Derby Street Shoppes. For cheap but really decent Italian food we like the Venetian in Weymouth.
      Enjoy,
      CocoDan

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      1. re: CocoDan

        I would add to your South Shore list Trattoria San Pietro. Excellent Italian. Moderate prices. Saporito's is also excellent. Warm, friendly, and consistently great food.

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        Trattoria San Pietro
        376 Washington St., Norwell, MA 02061

      2. Il Capriccio in Waltham (upscale, and I prefer it to Campania, though I think that's a minority opinion here), Fiorella's in Newton (red sauce, reasonable but crowded), Francesca's in Nonantum (which does the Italian-American thing better than Fiorella's, I think, but is a little pricey for what you get).

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        Il Capriccio
        888 Main St., Waltham, MA 02453

        Fiorella's
        187 North St, Newtonville, MA 02460

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        1. re: bartleby

          I also prefer Il Capriccio to Campania. Not only is the food better, but the service is actually friendly, prompt and helpful (which are three attributes I can't possibly assign to the help at Campania). And the wine list at Il Cappriccio is, um, quite complete.

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          Il Capriccio
          888 Main St., Waltham, MA 02453

          1. re: hondodog

            I agree and prefer Il Capriccio. The service there is so much better than Campania, and I have never had a bad dish.

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            Il Capriccio
            888 Main St., Waltham, MA 02453

        2. I pazzi in Danvers is not only the best Italian - Mediteranean restaurant in the Suburbs, it's probably the best in all of New England. Nothing in the Northend comes close

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          I Pazzi
          50 Maple Street, Danvers, MA 01923

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          1. re: negrazer

            Must be a well kept secret. I've never heard of it. Tell us more. The best?
            CocoDan

            1. re: negrazer

              "I pazzi in Danvers is not only the best Italian - Mediteranean restaurant in the Suburbs, it's probably the best in all of New England. Nothing in the Northend comes close"

              The hyperbole of this post makes me very skeptical. Has anyone else tried (or even heard of) this place?

              1. re: negrazer

                i grew up in Danver's and will need to try that!

              2. Tomasso Trattoria in Southboro makes their own pasta, saluni, you get the idea. Excellent food, great wine list.

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                Tomasso Trattoria
                154 Turnpike Road, Southborough, MA 01772