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Jul 12, 2012 11:05 AM

Scugnizzi in Arlington (formerly Buona Vita Restaurant)

Same location, same owners but completely new menu, fairly extensive, with everything from Salads to Apps, Pasta, Sandwiches and Neapolitan Pizzas everything very reasonable priced. Nice interior with good furniture. Armed with a Groupon I went for lunch today and had the Bolognese, here served with Fettuccine and sprinkled with some Parmesan. Didn't look to be a big portion but it was deceiving, couldn't finish. It was served with a couple of slices of warm bread. The pasta was REALLY al dente but the sauce was delicious! A bit tart from the tomatoes, meaty from pork and beef and there was some fresh basil mixed in just before serving. Water was nice and cold and you get a bottle left on the table and that's a touch that I really like.
Where does the funny name come from? It's an Italian term meaning 'street kids', it's used to describe Neapolitan kids.

450 Massachusetts Avenue Arlington MA


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  1. Thank you! I can't wait to try it.
    Did you "look" at the pizza by any chance?

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    1. re: Pappabuona

      No I didn't and I was the only customer at lunchtime but the pizzas on the menu did look good.

      1. re: Ferrari328

        Very confusing. The pizzas on the menu looked good, but yet you didn't "look" at them?

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      1. Was the pasta homemade?

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        1. re: CocoDan

          No I don't believe it was homemade unfortunately.

        2. Went back today to try something different and what's more Italian than Spaghetti and Meatballs? No idea but this was delicious! Spaghetti cooked perfectly al dente, the meatballs was rich and nicely seasoned and very very light and the tomato sauce was fresh and the whole thing was just perfect!
          Not so perfect was being charged for bread and the dipping oil! They asked if I wanted it and I guess it might be my fault for not asking if it was included or not. Didn't get charged at my previous visit. Good way to lose customers.


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          1. re: Ferrari328

            That's a horrible tactic. If bread costs money you need to tell the customer upfront or have it on the menu to be ordered.

            1. re: AaronInBoston

              Bread is usually factored, about fifty cents per person, into the entree price. Charging for it should be posted on the menu.

              1. re: AaronInBoston

                Just got back from NYC and some wonderful eats, including a stop at Il Buco Alimenteri & Vineria, which was very good, and where they charged $1.00 per person for bread. Didn't see a sign for it anywhere, but, as I wasn't looking, that's not a surprise.

                This charge-for-stuff-that-hasn't-been-charged-for-before thing has the feel of what the airlines went through a few years ago. I have this nasty suspicion that in a few years, there'll be a napkin charge for those that want a napkin and a chair charge for those who prefer sitting. Really doesn't feel right.

                And, no, I didn't talk to any one at the restaurant about it, but, regardless, a discussion of that that would more properly belong on a NYC board.

              2. re: Ferrari328

                Ugh, that makes me not want to go there at all. I don't think you're being naive for expecting bread to be gratis.

              3. Using Groupon already?? charging for Bread and not disclosing it to the Customer?? WOW...I'll stick with Olivio's..Thank You very Much.