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Need info re: Park, myers & Chang, Oishii someplace for Italian

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My partner & I will be in Boston for a conference October 10-13. Could I please get up update on Park in Cambridge & Myers & Chang?

How is lunch at Oishii? Also, what about New Shanghai?

The Italian places that we are considering are Trattoria Toscana, Massimio's or Coppa. Any thoughts? Is there someplace better?

Thanks for any info. Will be sure to report back.

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  1. M+C has been consistently good for years. Interesting pan-asian small plates. Try many - lots of different cooking styles so not everything resonates. I'm also a big fan of Coppa. Everything I've ever had there has been excellent. Would highly recommend a reservation - it's very small.

    I would recommend O Ya over Oishii, but those are two of the three best (along with Uni) in Boston. CH opinions vary among those three, but they are each excellent in their own way.

    Hope that helps.

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    1. re: Foodie_BBQ

      If you can do Coppa for lunch, it's the same menu and not crowded.

      1. re: Aromatherapy

        wow A, i didn't know that. Coppa's been on my list for a long time, so that's really helpful;thx.

        1. re: opinionatedchef

          They set up lots (10-12) of small tables on that street corner, so you can sit outside on a nice day also. That lunch, plus some supplies at Formaggio across the street makes for a nice foodie outing.

          Good suggestion on the Sushi/Coppa switch by Gabatta and Aroma. Missed the lunch part of the OPs question.

          1. re: Foodie_BBQ

            Forgot to mention, no lunch on Saturday.

    2. Oishii is excellent O Ya is not open for lunch.

      You can't go wrong with either Trattoria Toscana or Coppa. Massimo's is OK, but not as good as the other two.

      Park isn't worth a trip to Cambridge IMO.

      Myers & Chang is great as well, You have chosen well.

      1. Park was excellent when we went and here is the thread i started. Most of the responses have been positive.

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/856819

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/843755

        M+C is a fav; here's a recent thread:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/817462

        this is a good thread on Italian spots, just fyi:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/808359
        and
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/866048

        If inventive farm-to-table Italian is of interest,I would recommend Erbaluce in Boston
        I don't know if you'll have access to a car, but Campagna in Waltham, and Il Casale in Belmont are where i would steer you for Italian- over the 3 you are considering.

        Also, in case this might be helpful:
        One Hound's
        Guide to Boston Historic Areas and Restaurants:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/864894

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        1. re: opinionatedchef

          Thanks everyone for the info. Excited to be coming back to Boston! Will let you know how it goes.

          1. re: opinionatedchef

            Opinionatedchef, I just looked at the thread for M+C & the dinner you had is making me salivate. Can't wait to go there, looks really yummy!