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Italian dining near the Park Plaza Hotel or, if really great, anywhere else?

adorno Feb 17, 2012 03:03 PM

Coming to Boston for a conference and a friend and I are looking for a dinner idea. He wants to do Italian. We're staying in the Back Bay at the Park Plaza Hotel so something great nearby would be perfect. But if there is something really great elsewhere that wouldn't be too long a taxi ride, we'd consider that, too.


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    teezeetoo RE: adorno Feb 17, 2012 03:56 PM

    if you like northern Italian I would highly recommend Erbaluce, near your hotel. If you want more conventional Italian, Da Vinci is also nearby and is good. Very upscale Italian with an elegant room and good bar is Lucca on Huntington, perhaps a 1/2 mile walk.

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      Bellachefa RE: adorno Feb 17, 2012 05:25 PM

      I'll add Via Matta and Teatro to the list. Check out sample menus of all recommendations online.

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        FlyChow RE: adorno Feb 17, 2012 07:12 PM

        Davio's is right across the street as well, It is marketed as a Northern Italian Steakhouse, and definitely worth a try

        1. libertywharf RE: adorno Feb 18, 2012 08:40 AM

          You can also check out Ristorante Toscano on Charles Street beacon hill.

          1. opinionatedchef RE: adorno Feb 19, 2012 12:32 AM

            of all those mentioned so far, i would most recommend Erbaluce, which is always on top lists.


            i think via matta and davio's are both very disappointing, especially given the others' excellence.

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              hotoynoodle RE: opinionatedchef Feb 19, 2012 06:21 AM

              another vote for erbaluce. i don't know that it can be neatly categorized as "northern italian". it's far more modern, with a wondrous attention to detail. one of my favorite places, with a thoughtful wine list.

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                teezeetoo RE: hotoynoodle Feb 19, 2012 07:53 AM

                Erbaluce, as noted above, is one of my favorite restaurants. however, I have had the experience of recommending it to people who have been disappointed because it isn't "italian" enough for their expectations or, perhaps, because they simply didn't like the particular form of cooking that I do. So i recommend it with a caution: it is a subtle, individualistic and chef-driven restaurant. If you're longing for more "recognizable" italian, Prezza or Lucca would be my choice. Others like Via Matta, which I have generally found ordinary.

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                  hotoynoodle RE: teezeetoo Feb 19, 2012 08:20 AM

                  i have had great experiences at via matta when schlow is actually in-house. other times been sorely disappointed and feeling ripped off because it's spendy.

                  honestly, i haven't been in since he broke up with christopher meyers and esti parsons, who were his FOH whizzes. other places i feel are more of a sure thing.

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