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Favorite Suburban Italian Restaurant?

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BostonMAC Mar 1, 2011 12:35 PM

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. hiddenboston RE: BostonMAC Mar 1, 2011 12:38 PM

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

    1. CocoDan RE: BostonMAC Mar 1, 2011 12:52 PM

      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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        Pomegranate Martini RE: CocoDan Mar 29, 2011 04:43 PM

        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

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        bartleby RE: BostonMAC Mar 1, 2011 12:52 PM

        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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          hondodog RE: bartleby Mar 1, 2011 01:46 PM

          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

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            marn209 RE: hondodog Mar 2, 2011 07:03 AM

            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

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          negrazer RE: BostonMAC Mar 1, 2011 01:21 PM

          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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            CocoDan RE: negrazer Mar 1, 2011 02:25 PM

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

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              Blumie RE: negrazer Mar 2, 2011 07:38 AM

              "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?

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                momajo RE: negrazer Mar 29, 2011 11:34 AM

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

              2. trufflehound RE: BostonMAC Mar 1, 2011 01:32 PM

                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

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                  JoJo5 RE: BostonMAC Mar 1, 2011 02:42 PM

                  I'm partial to Vinny's on Broadway in Somerville. We recently took advantage of the February 50% off Sun-Tues. dinners and really enjoyed ourselves. We had the arancini for appetizer, the veal osso bucco, the stuffed veal chop and the veal marsala. Definitely worth returning to even at full price. Try the home made mafalda or fusilli for a pasta side.

                  Joanne

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                    twentyoystahs RE: BostonMAC Mar 2, 2011 04:38 AM

                    Don't forget Il Casale in Belmont. Excellent!

                    1. EATTV RE: BostonMAC Mar 2, 2011 04:52 AM

                      Delfino's in Roslindale is making great honest Italian food. Tremendous Bolognese, little necks w/chrorizo, pan seared duck breast with confit of duck leg happened to me last week. A reasonable Super Tuscan and a reasonable check. Great service! All good but no reservations. Beware Michael the maƮtre d'.

                      Next I'd like to try Sophia's Grotto just round the corner. On Beacon Hill, another go-to Grotto also rocks the red sauce and what they call "decadent" Italian cuisine. I can't "fuggeddaboudit".

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                      Delfino Restaurant
                      754 South St, Roslindale, MA 02131

                      Sophia's Grotto
                      22 Birch St, Roslindale, MA 02131

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                        hto44 RE: EATTV Mar 29, 2011 12:32 PM

                        What do you mean by the Michael warning? Michael is awesome! While they do not take reservations, you can call on the evening you are coming in, find out how long the wait is and he will put your name down for a table.

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                        pemma RE: BostonMAC Mar 2, 2011 09:39 AM

                        While not at the same level as the restaurants you mention, Bacci's in Stoneham is very good for Italian/Italian-American. It's casual, comfortable and inexpensive. Food is solid. Veal cutlets are very tender. Fish is always fresh.

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                          lulu806 RE: BostonMAC Mar 2, 2011 09:57 AM

                          Pasta Market Cafe in Malden (must get the eggplant parm if it's a special). Abbondanza in Everett.

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                          Pasta Market Cafe
                          237 Ferry St, Malden, MA 02148

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                            carneyvore RE: BostonMAC Mar 2, 2011 06:56 PM

                            Fiorella's gets a thumbs up. Also like Basil's in Medfield, and Abbondonza II in Norwood.

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                            Fiorella's
                            187 North St, Newtonville, MA 02460

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                              cpthandsome RE: BostonMAC Mar 4, 2011 04:51 PM

                              La Morra on rte. 9 in Brookline Village, consistently great food and service. One of the best Bolognese in the Boston area and always fresh, homemade pastas.

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                              La Morra
                              48 Boylston Street, Brookline, MA 02445

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                                teezeetoo RE: cpthandsome Mar 5, 2011 11:13 AM

                                La Morra, Il Casale, and Il Capriccio are my favorites.

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                                La Morra
                                48 Boylston Street, Brookline, MA 02445

                                Il Capriccio
                                888 Main St., Waltham, MA 02453

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                                  aregularjoe RE: cpthandsome Nov 11, 2013 07:27 AM

                                  Here Here! The Bolognese with brisket is amazing!

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                                  carneyvore RE: BostonMAC Mar 29, 2011 01:25 PM

                                  Fiorella's in Newton, Grappa in Watertown, L'Abbondonza and Bon Caldo in Norwood., Basil's in Medfield is particularly a find.

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                                  Fiorella's
                                  187 North St, Newtonville, MA 02460

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                                    Karl RE: BostonMAC Nov 13, 2013 05:12 AM

                                    La Cantina in Framingham is one of the best

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                                      phatchris RE: BostonMAC Nov 13, 2013 08:36 AM

                                      Newly opened Firenze Trattoria in Salem is very good Authentic Tuscan cooking.

                                      1. Bob Dobalina RE: BostonMAC Nov 13, 2013 07:05 PM

                                        Recently went to Il Casale for the first time - quality all the way.

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                                          teezeetoo RE: Bob Dobalina Nov 14, 2013 03:01 PM

                                          Still the same 3 suburban favorites for me as three years ago: Il Casale, La Morra, Il Capriccio. I like that they've held up nicely since I posted on this thread 2 years ago.

                                        2. MeffaBabe RE: BostonMAC Nov 14, 2013 10:33 AM

                                          Malden- Ravi's on highland ave
                                          Lexington - Mario's on mass ave (no frills red sauce)
                                          Bedford - Luigi's (on 2A)
                                          Stoneham Bacci's on Main st

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                                            Tucker23 RE: BostonMAC Nov 14, 2013 12:08 PM

                                            Ecco Trotteria
                                            1160 Rte Main St
                                            Weymouth, Ma

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                                              lergnom RE: BostonMAC Nov 14, 2013 04:41 PM

                                              Stellina in Watertown Square.

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