Your favorite New England
The readers speak out
on the best dining spots in New England
Pizza, Amherst, Mass.
If you want to cover all
of Massachusetts and not just metro-Boston,
consider driving west of 128 to Amherst. Antonio's Pizza is
excellent. And, in Northampton, Pinnochio's is the favorite among
college students. Paradiso offers unique up-scale pizza.
Farms Family Restaurant, Milton, Mass.
We took my 95 year old mother
to Newcomb Farm Restaurant in Milton Mass., today and it was
such a great place. The owner was more than helpful. Despite
the fact that the restaurant was busy she was willing to stop
by and chat with my mom to make her feel special.!!! The food
and service were excellent and it was such a pleasant country
style dining room. There were all ages eating there and the atmosphere
was what you would look for whether visiting New England or going
out for a special breakfast or lunch.
M.M., Wakefield, Mass.
Newcomb Farms Family Restaurant,
1139 Randolph Ave.(Route 28), Milton, Mass. Tel. (617) 698-9547
Diner, Rowley, Mass.
Please try the Agawam Diner
on Rte. 1 in Rowley, Mass. - it's where all of the locals eat.
Fried clams as good as you've ever had, and home-style favorites
such as beef stew - just amazing!!
Thai and Greek food recommendations
Reading further into your "best of" column, I found
two more categories I think you should review further;
the best Thai food has got to be Thai Moon in Arlington and the
best Greek food that is as authentic as it comes can only be
found at the Greek Corner in Cambridge. Please try them!
And if you're ever looking for the best steak and cheese, check
out Carl's in Waltham.
Il Capriccio 888 Main
Street, Waltham, Mass.
It was very easy to find,
off Route 128(95) on the right hand side. Nice front facade,
parking was a bit tricky since you might see the restaurant after
you pass the parking lot. You can take right and park in back
but it is shared with other businesses, so be careful, I don't
think they are tough on towing but check sign.
We had reservations on an
busy Friday night but were seated right away. The decor was nice
and the lighting was perfect for a quiet intimate dinner if that
was what you were looking for, We were seated along the wall
which was out of the traffic of waiters and such.
The rooms are sectioned off
and are half wall/half glass, kind of a nice idea to keep a medium
size restaurant from been too noisy. I would suggest, however,
if you had a party of six or more and wanted to talk, which we
do with friends the rooms in the back near the kitchen so you
would not disturb others if your conversations were competing.
On to the food: we ordered
the wild mushroom soup with malfatti, very tasty.
I ordered the veal steak
and it was prepared and cooked perfectly, at the right temp and
seasoned lightly, with a nice amount of asparagus and small assorted
My wife ordered the special
which was Shrimp Linguini and Spinach. It was just the right
amount for one person, I tried a piece, it was juicy.
The waiter suggested a perfect
wine to go with either dish since my wife is new to wine and
prefers the sweeter tasting ones.
The wine also went well with my veal
Now that we enjoyed the right
amount of dinner we definitely had room for dessert, so we went
with the apple tart. It was light and not too sweeta nd could
be shared with two. It was a nice ending to the meal.
So in conclusion, if you
are looking for the North End flare without the parking problems
and traffic of the city -- which I can handle if the meal is
worth it--then head to Il Capriccio. It is definitely worth it.
From Mike B., Norwood,
Mass. - Subway sub shops
Your Best and Worst Restaurants
was a scream. I have a sub shop worse than Mobil stations for
you. I actually think Subway subs are WORSE. For an establishment
that makes their own rolls on the premises, it's truly amazing
that they manage to come up with such a bland and squishy roll
- the wonder of sub rolls. I also don't get at all the weird
way they cut their rolls, you can't get much filling in and what
they manage to stuff in squishes out. Harsh, yes, but us Philadelphia
raised boys take our subs seriously, and it's 90 percent in the
From Rich O., Arlington,
Mass. - Various
Great site! A couple of notes
on Best/Worst reviews:
Shawmut Diner (New Bedford, Mass.)- Oh, my god. I have eaten
there at least a dozen times in my days at SMU (UMass Dartmouth)
and also recommend Angelo's Orchard Diner, a couple of blocks
Barbara's Kitchen- Long gone and forgotten, has been replaced
with the Classic Cafe. Purchased by an Irish family, the interior
has been redone (except the Locke School chairs) and is a pleasant
dining experience with several Irish specialties.
Italian- Tried a place recently on Route 38 in Woburn, Mass.,
called Fiorentinos. This is what Vinnie Testas should be and
food wise is similar to La Familia's (Boston, Mass.). Absolutely
no frills (no reservations, yard sale serving ware) and BYOB,
the food and portions are outstanding.
Kelly's (Revere, Mass., and suburban locations of Boston) and
Newbridge Cafe (Chelsea, Mass.)- Enough said.
One other recommendation is Rein's NY Deli in Vernon, Conn. Never
had a bad meal there. Tons of authentic deli. I can't travel
anywhere in Connecticut with my friend Stu without stopping here.
He love the latkes and compimentary pickles.
Mary-- Vinny's in Somerville,
Love some of your comments
they were quite funny. I have to say the best italian subs are
by far at Vinny's in Somerville. You'll love the small restaurant
in the back of Vinny's also. They spoke about how good it was
on "Chronicle" a few years back.
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