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Jul 1, 2013 05:05 AM

Looking for rec on celebration dinner

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

    1. 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

      1. 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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        1. re: teezeetoo

          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.

          1. re: mkfisher

            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.

          2. re: teezeetoo

            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.

            1. re: Bostonbull

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

              1. re: Bostonbull

                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!

            2. 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.

              1. I love the bison Bolognese at The Abbey in Brookline!