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Jul 31, 2014 05:22 AM

Lasagna... a bit fancy but not too pricey?

My mom's birthday is coming up and she has a hankering for lasagna. We live in Lexington and she finds the sauce too sweet at Mario's, so that's out. Plus I was hoping to find something a bit nicer. One complicating factor is she's going through a course of radiation for lung cancer and she's having trouble with swallowing, so we need something that's on the softer side, without chunks of meat. Any thoughts? Willing to drive into Boston but it needs to have pretty easy parking since she can't walk very far either.

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  1. The first thing that came to my mind would be to call ahead to Gran Gusto in Cambridge and see if they would make it for her considering the circumstances. There is parking right outside the door and delicious pizza for the rest of your guests. Also not too far from Lexington and avoid going into downtown.

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    1. re: Bugsey34

      Hmmm, that's an idea. Thanks, will give this some thought. I do really like their red sauce and I think mom would too.

    2. I haven't had it, but Fiorella's in Newton has it on their menu. Best wishes to your Mom for her birthday.

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      1. re: Duster17

        we went to fiorella's for my nephew's graduation and the lasagna was outstanding. no chunks of meat. and a large parking lot.

        1. re: Duster17

          I agree with wonderwoman - Fiorella's would be perfect. Easy access with a parking lot and on one level, delicious lasagna with no chunks, nice room. I'd call ahead to ask about reservations, though - my recollection is they only take reservations for a party of six or more, but maybe they'd make an exception for the occasion and given the circumstances.

          1. re: cjd260

            I'll try posting again. If you sign up on Fiorella's website, you will get a free entree ($15 or less) during your birthday month. Your mom could get her lasagna for free!

            1. re: bear

              Good to know! She's having nausea problems tonight so the entire dinner might have to get canned. Sigh.

              1. re: Chris VR

                If she isn't being given Emend, please ask her doctor about this wonder drug. I gladly paid the $100 per pill out of pocket for this drug.

                A large portion can be really overwhelming. I know you want a restaurant meal, but to be honest, a homemade lasagna sheet rolled around a nice lasagna filling, might be the perfect presentation during an illness. 3 oz of goodness with enough sauce to enable her to swallow. Obviously, this is a home dish... but sometimes we have to deal with reality. Hope your Mom feels better tomorrow.

                1. re: smtucker

                  I work in the business and Emend really is a great drug for delayed nausea. It's criminal that anyone should have to pay $100 a pill for it, but that's our health care system, another topic for another day.

                2. re: Chris VR

                  Hope the nausea abates some. Such a hard situation. Best wishes to your family.

          2. Stellina in Watertown makes eggplant lasagna. It's on the menu now for $20, per the website.

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            1. re: lergnom

              I haven't been to Stellina in years, but the atmosphere would be perfect. Maybe I'll check and see if they have regular lasagna on the menu. Thanks!

            2. How about the new Il casale in Lexington? They have a good vegetarian lasagna. They have some interesting items on their menu as well. Make sure you request a comfortable seating at a low table as some of the seating there is bar level and could be uncomfortable.

              1. Il Casale in Belmont usually has a "broken" (deconstructed) lasagna that is pretty tasty. I just peeked at the Lexington menu (I haven't been yet) and they also offer a couple of lasagnas for under $20, one of which is vegetarian. Maybe that would work? The space, like Belmont, is casual but I think would work for special occasions.

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                1. re: digga

                  I did actually try the lasagna at Il casale in Lexington and it was heavy on the bechamel and light on the sauce, which wouldn't work for mom. Vegetable and eggplant lasagna are also out (but sound great to me!). Just straight noodles, sauce and cheese is what she's looking for. Thanks for the ideas!