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
-No 9 Park
Open to any and all suggestions!
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
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.
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.
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.