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In a year of bad restaurant ideas done surprisingly well, Vapiano is a mediocre idea done disastrously.
A dining hall with food not worth fighting for
| May 25, 2012
Review: Cafe Longo
I suppose there are braver things to do. Perhaps charging a machine gun nest or serving a loosely wrapped braciole to a Sicilian grandmother. But open yet another Italian restaurant on Federal Hill, as Café Longo did in spring of 2009, sounds like divin
Like Mama used to make
| November 05, 2010
Review: Tierra Restaurant & Lounge
Here's a welcome addition to the ongoing revitalization of Pawtucket.
Covering lots of ethnic ground
| October 08, 2010
Reviewer's notebook: Tavolo and Sanette’s Karoo Kafe
Tavolo snuck under my radar because Chris Douglass, then well-known for Icarus, had made his first Dorchester move with Ashmont Grill, an admitted bistro.
Much more than pizza in Dorchester, and South African delights in Provincetown
| September 10, 2010
Review: Trattoria Simpatico
It’s not only the real estate biz where location means enough to repeat the point.
A pleasant view wherever you look
| August 13, 2010
Review: Pasta Beach
The name of this popular Italian eatery conjures up several images. Do you drop by for take-out pasta or pizza and take it down the hill to First Beach?
A winning combination of spaghetti and sand
| August 06, 2010
Review: Café Luna
You don't expect to find fine dining in a shopping center, but Café Luna does its best to make the Garden City Center live up to its name as you approach, with flowers and window boxes and hanging planters taking the edge off the urban location.
An urban culinary oasis
| July 09, 2010
The North End can be touristy, it can be posh, it can be authentically Italian, it can be nostalgically Italian-American, it can be snooty white-sauce Italian, and sometimes it can be charmingly (or not so charmingly) vulgar.
An average North End destination with a sweet ending
| June 18, 2010
One of the strange features of the Great Recession is the incredible complexity of down-market maneuvers.
A complicated conception with a delicious finish
| May 28, 2010
America has reached the point where strip-mall dining can make us nostalgic.
JP’s Bistro offers a trip back to the Gilded Age
| May 14, 2010
The first thing to say about La Masseria is that, despite its name meaning “farmhouse” and its décor focusing on earth tones with exposed brick and pitchfork tines hanging on one wall, it’s a beautiful space.
Exemplary Italian fare in East Greenwich
| May 07, 2010
La Galleria 33
As you go deeper into the North End on Salem Street, the pretense drops toward the levels of old, pre-gentrification “Little Italy.”
A new, old-school-style addition to the city’s longest-thriving dining district
| April 30, 2010
South End Buttery
South End Buttery started with cupcakes and coffee, but opened up a dining room below street level two summers ago, and has since gradually taken on more serious cheffery.
From Viennoiserie to veal: a local bakery grows up
| April 16, 2010
The Edgewood Café's slogan is "casual neighborhood dining with a gourmet touch," and every adjective is scout's honor true.
For neighborly gourmands
| March 05, 2010
Considering that Westerly has a large population with Italian heritage, it's curious that the town is not known for good Italian restaurants.
Careful, but not fussy
| February 12, 2010
The brunch quandary
There seems to be an endless number of places to try in Portland. So many, in fact, that I keep discovering well-established restaurants that I didn't even know served brunch. One of those places was Vignola.
In Portland, there's always one more place you haven't tried
| February 05, 2010
Another week, another gastro-pub. Okay, Post 390 technically bills itself as a Back Bay "urban tavern," and is bigger and glitzier than most, but it has the same combination of comfort food with a twist, a few bits of high cheffery, serious drinks, and
Walking a narrow path to success
| January 22, 2010
Il Casale — the "country house"— may be more rustic than Chef Dante de Magistris's magisterial and experimental restaurant Dante in the Cambridge Royal Sonesta, but it ain't no hometown spaghetti shack.
Nothing quaint and everything delicious at Belmont's 'country house'
| January 08, 2010
Restaurants come and restaurants go.
A terrific Monday night special, and more
| November 27, 2009
Gennaro's 5 North Square Ristorante
The owners of Caffé Vittoria and the Florentine Cafe took over this venerable tourist trap that looks out on North Square a year ago, renamed it for their son last May, and quietly spiffed up the rooms and the menu.
A former tourist trap proves its worth
| November 24, 2009
Brick Oven Meatballs
You can imagine them arguing about whether to ’fess up before they named the restaurant.
Secretly, but deliciously, Italian
| November 06, 2009
FRA’s Italian Gourmet
Ever have that kind of day when you need to start your lunch with a chocolate chip cookie?
| October 30, 2009
The Knightsville section of Cranston is an undeniable haven for Italian home-cooking, where legendary portions (Marchetti's), chic hotspots (Caffe Itri and L'Osteria), and marquee chef/owners (Tony Papa's) have successfully rubbed elbows along a suburb
| October 23, 2009
Being a ristorante on Federal Hill is a lot like being just another olive tree in the grove.
Traditional cuisine updated
| October 16, 2009
Since all three of Harding Lee Smith's restaurants are on corners, one wonders why he chose to name his newest one The Corner Room.
Flavors mingle at The Corner Room
| October 02, 2009
With Labor Day weekend behind us, so goes the high tourist season here in Maine. While this means less crowded beaches and the possibility of finding a weekend parking space in the Old Port, it signifies a major transition for restaurateurs around the
The chef of Five Fifty-Five bids adieu to summer
| September 11, 2009
Junction Trattoria and Bistro
On a recent rainy Friday evening, we were calling around for a place to eat dinner. One restaurant had no reservations till 9 pm (it's still tourist season); another was farther away than we'd realized, and we might end up eating at that same hour.
Peerless pizza and much more
| September 11, 2009
In far eastern Pawtucket, almost Massachusetts, sits a 30-year-old family-owned restaurant that's a great hit with locals.
Big on family atmosphere
| January 07, 2009
Sunday’s daily special at Spirito’s, an all-you-can-eat roasted chicken deal that borrows from the Blackstone Valley tradition, includes pasta, as well as French fries and salad — for $9.95. You read that right.
Family dining for cheapskates
| October 22, 2008
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