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Italian Birthday Dinner?

Ali G May 20, 2013 11:03 AM

Looking for some ideas for a birthday dinner. Just the two of us. We have been trying to get to L'Andana in Burlington, but things keep coming up. We may be closer to the city that night, so I'm thinking North End or something around Boston proper. Nothing ultra fancy or stuffy. Good food/wine/atmosphere.

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    treb RE: Ali G May 20, 2013 11:15 AM

    Vinny's in Somerville is relaxed.

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      wonderwoman RE: treb May 21, 2013 10:48 AM

      was there about a year ago on a groupon, and the food was dreadful.

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      mkfisher RE: Ali G May 20, 2013 11:30 AM

      Are people still liking Teatro? Last time I was there it was quite good, but that must have been a couple years ago at this point. Same owners as L'Andana. Not fancy at all, and a pretty fun atmosphere.

      1. melpy RE: Ali G May 20, 2013 11:34 AM

        Carmen is good for two people. It is small though and no dessert because it doesn't cater to lingering. The food is well worth it though.

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          stiv99 RE: Ali G May 20, 2013 12:09 PM

          Try Il Casale in Belmont. I had a superb meal there recently. Great food/atmosphere/wine/waitstaff.

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            josephlapusata RE: Ali G May 20, 2013 02:05 PM

            Try Taranta in the North End. They have private seating on the second floor . Call them and tell them it is for a birthday. Chef Jose is one of the best out there. They will make it a special time for you.

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              teezeetoo RE: josephlapusata May 20, 2013 03:08 PM

              La Morra in Brookline and Il Casale in Belmont and, if you want to sit outside with a lovely view of the Charles, Dantes (they also own Il Casale) in Cambridge at the Sonesta..

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                addiez RE: Ali G May 21, 2013 11:00 AM

                Gran Gusto! Amazing food and atmosphere. There are a handful of threads about it on here.

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                    carneyvore RE: Ali G May 21, 2013 01:52 PM

                    In Boston, cinquecentro on Harrison, in North End, L'Osteria, in Roslindale, Delfino, Fiorella is casual in Newton, Spiga in Needham, and Basil in Medfield is worth the trip.

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                      marilees RE: Ali G May 22, 2013 10:54 PM

                      Trattoria Toscana in Fenway - small, not fancy, solid food

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                        Tucker23 RE: Ali G May 23, 2013 10:43 AM

                        Masamino's on Endicott st in the North End very reasonably
                        priced and great food.

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