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Looking for rec on celebration dinner

Bostonbull Jul 1, 2013 05:05 AM

My Wife and I are headed out to celebrate my birthday and our pregnancy.

Looking for great food (Italian, Steak house, etc), done simply, with top service. I am fine eating anything under the sun, she is very basic, but enjoys good food done right. Menu must have a steak, or some pasta for her, as I said think very basic. I personally am craving a perfect Bolognese for some reason, though not dead set on this menu item.

Anywhere in or around Boston, right up to New Hampshire is fine with us.

Short list so far is
-Grill 23
-No 9 Park

Open to any and all suggestions!

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    teezeetoo RE: Bostonbull Jul 1, 2013 05:08 AM

    Sportello makes a killer bolognese and might do for both of you.

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      Bostonbull RE: Bostonbull Jul 1, 2013 05:22 AM

      Love everything I see and read about Sportello.

      Do they have real tables and chairs or just the bar area with backless stools? My wife is 7 months preggo, she wouldn't last 5 minutes at the bar seating

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        teezeetoo RE: Bostonbull Jul 1, 2013 08:33 AM

        Oh gosh I didn't think of the comfort factor: only bar stools as I recall at Sportello. Maybe Via Matta or Prezza for the mix you are looking for? I do like No 9 but I think it's not quite as comfie a setup as VM and P. Grill 23 is grand on giant platters of quite good meat and on drinks but I'm not conjuring up any great Italian there. I don't know Grotto or Mooo so can't comment.

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          mkfisher RE: teezeetoo Jul 1, 2013 08:57 AM

          Last time I was at Via Matta the food was dreadful (and I remember reading other similar reports around the same time).

          Grotto is wonderful, but it's a lot less formal than the other places mentioned. It's in a fairly cramped basement space that I wouldn't call comfortable.

          Prezza would definitely work. Davio's, while not my favorite, would probably also fit the bill.

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            kimfair1 RE: mkfisher Jul 1, 2013 10:29 AM

            The food at Via Matta definitely has taken a nosedive. It used to be one of my mainstays, but I haven't been back since a dreadful dinner there a year or two ago.

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            Bostonbull RE: teezeetoo Jul 1, 2013 12:45 PM

            Doesn't have to be Italian, just good food with great service is what I am after. I have an insatiable desire for Bolognese is all.

            Open to any suggestions! :)

            Both Via Matta and Prezza wont work for her tastes, although Prezza is amazing and fits the criteria perfectly.

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              VintageMolly RE: Bostonbull Jul 1, 2013 03:13 PM

              Davios, while not fantastic, sounds like it might work. And they do have bolognese . . . .

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                treb RE: Bostonbull Jul 2, 2013 05:10 AM

                For a very good Bolognese and a place with good steak and seafood options, I'd look at Roesetti's in Winthrop, plus it's BYOB!

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              addiez RE: Bostonbull Jul 1, 2013 09:20 AM

              Gran Gusto has great Italian food, although it isn't an especially formal atmosphere. There's a lot more space than some downtown spots, as well.

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                marketpeach RE: Bostonbull Jul 1, 2013 12:10 PM

                I love the bison Bolognese at The Abbey in Brookline!

                1. foodieX2 RE: Bostonbull Jul 1, 2013 03:22 PM

                  Moo and Ruth Chris don't get any love on these boards but the steaks are solid and the rooms are very pretty. You can get dressed up and not feel out of place. Neither will fit the Italian bill and the bill itself will be pretty big…

                  Are you only thinking Boston and North? If you can go South consider Tosca in Hingham. They added a "steakhouse" menu about a year or so ago and their wild boar bolognese is quite good. http://www.toscahingham.com/ew/menus-2/

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                    Bostonbull RE: foodieX2 Jul 1, 2013 04:18 PM

                    Not overly concerned with getting dolled up, jeans and a button down will more than likely do fine.

                    Yes Boston and North as we are from the Merrimack Valley.

                    Anything worthwhile In Portsmouth, NH?

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                      Gabatta RE: foodieX2 Jul 1, 2013 07:04 PM

                      Ruth's Chris doesn't get any love on these boards because they are one of many overpriced steakhouses and cook the steaks to an incorrect temp more often than not. If they aren't going to venture outside of the formulaic steakhouse playbook at all, you at least need to nail the temp. It's one of the best spaces in the city, but that's about it.

                      For the OP, congrats on the upcoming arrival. I'd check out Sorellina for this type of meal. No bolognese, but a great atmosphere and they have steak and pasta options. All the food is excellent.

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                      grumpyspatient RE: Bostonbull Jul 1, 2013 04:24 PM

                      In Portsmouth you might enjoy The Library. pretty classic chop house, not sure on the bolognese tho.

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                        Bostonbull RE: Bostonbull Jul 2, 2013 05:22 AM

                        Great stuff here, thanks!!

                        Ill let you know where we end up middle of the month after we go.

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