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La Morra Brookline Village?

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nachovegas May 27, 2011 08:16 AM

I've been asked to choose a restaurant in Brookline for an early dinner tonight. I've heard of La Morra and have aleways wanted to try it. Has anyone been, is it great? Are reservations necessary before, say, 7pm? Or any other recs? Thanks!

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La Morra
48 Boylston Street, Brookline, MA 02445

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    gourmaniac RE: nachovegas May 27, 2011 08:19 AM

    I was there once and enjoyed it. I recall that they have interesting Chichetti (sp? bar snacks/Italian tapas). They may be closed for renovations so you should call and check.

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      purple bot RE: gourmaniac May 27, 2011 09:05 AM

      They are indeed open again (although you may want to check holiday weekend hours), and I would probably make a reservation if you can, particularly since it's Friday. The food is quite good, enjoy it!

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      nachovegas RE: nachovegas May 27, 2011 10:25 AM

      Thanks! Also in the running is Taberno de Haro, which I know and love. I know it's apples and oranges , but how does La Morra compare to Taberno?

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      La Morra
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      1. sfumato RE: nachovegas May 29, 2011 07:34 PM

        We love La Morra- it's one of our go-to special night restaurants, and we love bringing friends and family who have never eaten there. The food is fantastic and so is the service, and Chef Ziskin is refreshingly personable. We once had a long wait there because a table of diners took a veeeeeeeeeeeery long time to leave, and even though it wasn't their fault, the staff kept bringing us delicious treats to tide us over. I highly recommend it!

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        La Morra
        48 Boylston Street, Brookline, MA 02445

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          kimfair1 RE: sfumato May 30, 2011 05:02 AM

          La Morra is a gem, not talked about enough on this board in my opinion. The food has always been solid on each of my visits. The only negative thing I could ever say about the place was when they were hosting dinners prior to Sleep No More up the street, and they were offering Sazerac cocktails (one of my favorites) as a special. I don't know who taught them how to make a Sazerac, but there's was served on ice (wrong) tasted like bourbon instead of like rye (wrong) had a huge lemon wedge in the drink (wrong) and did not have the coloring that would indicate the use of peychaud's bitters (wrong again). It was a pretty good whiskey/lemon/absinthe drink, but it was catergorically NOT a Sazerac!

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          La Morra
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            CookieLee RE: kimfair1 May 30, 2011 06:57 AM

            I'm willing to give them another try. I went there, when they first opened. I ordered off the appetizer menu for my dinner, and it wasn't until I got home and looked at the bill, that they had upped my bill because they served me the app for dinner. Quite frankly, it was an app size, and if that was the dinner size it was v. overpriced. I promptly called them, and explained the situation to the person who answered the phone. I left my name and phone #. No one ever called me back. So, I never went back. I have friends who dine there frequently, and they suggest I go again, and explain what happened.

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              sfumato RE: CookieLee May 30, 2011 09:43 AM

              That stinks. I've heard a few stories like that from when they first opened- my impression is that they've changed a lot since then. Service there now is really great!

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          nachovegas RE: nachovegas May 30, 2011 07:33 AM

          We ended up going to Taberno de Haro (an old stand by and favorite) because I got a little scared that La Morra might be too formal for the occasion , though I dont' know if that was true or not. But I'll definatley check this place out another time, the menu looked great!

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          La Morra
          48 Boylston Street, Brookline, MA 02445

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            purple bot RE: nachovegas May 30, 2011 09:21 AM

            Go some other time, for sure. I don't find it formal at all.

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              BobB RE: purple bot May 31, 2011 08:12 AM

              While not formal in the stuffy sense, La Morra provides more of a white-tablecloth atmosphere than Taberna de Haro. Also more spacious and quieter. I like them both for what they are.

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            cheesehead in recovery RE: nachovegas Aug 6, 2011 06:12 AM

            We had an amazing meal at laMorra last night. Avoided the north end and found it delightful. Lots of veggie options. Fairly priced for the high quality. Interesting app's and salads, smaller pasta portions, very interesting combinations.

            We'll definately be back!

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              trueblu RE: cheesehead in recovery Aug 12, 2011 11:38 PM

              Have only been once -- business dinner. One of my colleagues doesn't eat eggs and is also vegetarian -- and they basically told him the only thing he could have is spaghetti with a tomato sauce. I had called them up beforehand to check on the veggie situation, and they had said they had 'plenty of options'. I can't remember the menu off-hand, but I do recall agreeing there wasn't much on there for him. I found the food fine, but not fantastic, and a little on the pricey side.

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                southie_chick RE: trueblu Aug 15, 2011 10:10 AM

                Surprised they suggested the pasta TB, since your colleague doesn't eat eggs & most pastas are basically just flour & eggs. A risotto - minus cheese if they don't do milk - would have probaly been a better option. Makes me glad I'm a meatetarian! : )

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              L84Dinner RE: nachovegas Aug 11, 2011 09:36 PM

              First time (for me, my wife had been before) dining at La Morra last Saturday night. Easy to arrange a reservation for 4 through Opentable. We were seated upstairs and had a well-paced yet relaxed dinner. Although the tasting menu with wine pairing was tempting, the specials were more so and we went a la carte. Heirloom tomato salad was on point, pasta bolognese was superlative, clam risotto was off the hook good, the herbed veal special great and hangar steak phenomenal. Desserts were well executed too. Definite re-visit.

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              La Morra
              48 Boylston Street, Brookline, MA 02445

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                RichardinJP RE: nachovegas Aug 12, 2011 04:11 AM

                Our experience has been very different. The menu tends to be unexiting. We always have a hard time deciding what to select because nothing ever pops out. Food is good, but we have never had anything that we would describe as great, imaginative or exciting. We go only because we do have a friend who likes it a lot.

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                  teezeetoo RE: RichardinJP Aug 12, 2011 05:06 AM

                  is there an italian restaurant with a menu that does excite you RinJP? It would help to know what you are looking for to understand what you find dull at La Morra. For us, an Italian restaurant that knocks risotto out of the ball park is pretty exciting and we're La Morra fans.

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                  La Morra
                  48 Boylston Street, Brookline, MA 02445

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