Your favorite New England restaurants

The readers speak out on the best dining spots in New England


Antonio's Pizza, Amherst, Mass.

Pinnochio's, Northampton, 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.


Newcomb 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


Agawam 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!!

Joseph B.


Thai and Greek food recommendations

Hi again,
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 vegetables.

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 bread

From Rich O., Arlington, Mass. - Various restaurants

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 away.
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, Mass.

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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