It's been a long time since I've seen anything on this board about New England's second largest city (!) so I thought I'd post some updates and suggestions.
Thai Time on Highland Street (run by folks who have a restaurant of the same name in Clinton) is the real deal: Thai food that tastes like it does in Thailand. Northern Thai dishes like larb and som tam, sometimes hard to find, are done very well. They've only been open since September and they're already packing 'em in. BYOB.
It's "pig fest" season at Via, a particularly good time to visit what might be Worcester's most consistent restaurant. Had a wonderful pork belly app there just last night: slow cooked, crusted with black pepper and fennel, served over a brussels sprout slaw with raisins. Nice stuff.
Across the street, Volturno keeps tweaking its menu and refining its service, generally for the better. Apart from Armsby Abbey, nobody in Worcester pays more attention to sourcing good, local ingredients than Volturno. It's a nice addition to the city.
Another relatively new Shrewsbury Street restaurant is 7 Nana. While I'm not into the teppanyaki table scene, they have some very nice seafood-based apps and do some sushi rolls that rival Baba. Baba's still the king of sushi in Worcester, of course, but 7 Nana has its charms, and is a bit more affordable.
Finally, I'll mention that I went to Corner Grille for the first time in a long time last week, and had forgotten just how good their pizza is when it's right out of the oven.
Worcester folks, what are you loving these days? I'd love to see the Worcester scene represented a bit more here.
Yeah, Rosalina's is very appealing. A friendly, affordable, BYOB neighborhood Italian kind of place. Café Espresso (which also fits that same description) is alive and well in its new Chandler Street digs on the west side. It's amazing how many Italian restaurants are able to survive in this city.