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“Everything great ... except main courses”
Review of Spiga

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Wed, 10/16
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Ranked #5 of 77 Restaurants in Needham
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Highland Avenue, Next to TD Bank
Description: For nearly a decade, Spiga Ristorante served fine Italian cuisine; but in winter of 2017, Marisa Iocco—iconic Boston restaurateur (and the city's first and only #ExecutiveGirlChef from Italy)—transformed Spiga from satisfying to sublime, in ways diners never dreamed. Nestled in a corner of Boston’s metro-West area where four towns touch cheeks, Spiga serves stunning interpretations of regional cuisine as authentically Italian as its owners. Its lunch and dinner menus revere artisanal ingredients that illuminate Iocco’s collection of whimsical Italian recipes that honor hers and co-owner Carmelo Iriti’s heritage, and they highlight Iocco’s ability to balance flavors and textures. Spiga's dining room is sensuously cozy: Wood-adorned with sexy luxe touches that sparkle and shine, it's perfect for enjoying little-known dishes from the Abruzzo and Calabria: guazzetti (bowls of simmered stews of meat, fish); cicchetti (Italian tapas); and a robust pasta menu.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First visit to Spiga, celebrating an anniversary. First impression VERY positive -- lovely setting, modern decor inside, and warm ambiance; friendly and polite staff; we were given choice of two lovely tables, and chose outside. Nice romantic setting. Server (Sandra) was high-spirited and excellent! Nice wine list, refreshingly affordable. Good rustic bread. Artisanal salad nicely constructed, simple and delicious. For entrees we ordered seafood stew (over squid ink pasta) and skewered lamb. Both were nicely presented, but lacking in flavor and way too light on salt and seasoning -- both were bland and dry instead of savory. Quantity of sauce on pasta was minimal, and seafood including lobster tail was slightly overdone. Lamb had an off-taste, and would have been much better if charred -- evidence of grilling was absent in look and taste. Next time different entrees.. Dessert was incredible - bread pudding with caramel sauce, paired with port quickly diluted our entree disappointments. Veyr nice place for socializing or celebration, but seeking information on entrees is advised.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Thank James C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spiga transports you to Italy as soon as you leave the parking lot, even thought it abuts an industrial park. While the weather stays warm, aim for the outdoor courtyard sparkling with twinkle lights like a starry sky. Inside, is as sophisticated as Milan. Dress is whatever is comfortable from jeans to night-on-the-town glitz.

It was packed on a Saturday night - every table and all seats at the bar - so plan ahead! The welcome is warm and there is not a bad seat in the house.

The food was elegant. We shared two eggplant antipasti - "meatballs" and caponata, both spectacular - and would have ordered another round, but dinner was on its way.
The bucatini alla amatriciana was snuggled in tomatoes and spicy peppers. Both the veal Milanese and the veal Marsala were huge, and elegantly enhanced by sauteed broccoli rabe, tasty, with just the right amount of bitterness to counteract the richness of the veal.

The star of the evening was a dessert special - orange and olive oil cake topped with raspberries. We snagged the last two pieces as they were flying out of the kitchen!

Chef/Owner Marisa Iocco is from the Abruzzo region of Italy, but has spent enough time in most every region to be adept at all of the cooking.

*I worked with Chef Marisa some years ago.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Thank kitchencallatgmail
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had been recommended this restaurants by Italians so our expectations were high. We had dinner during the week and the restaurant seemed to have a very nice atmosphere both outside and inside.
However at a closer look:
- there is no bar in italian restaurants so it looks artificial
- the table setting was average (no style)
- the menu is overpriced considering location, quality and quantity of the food served (pasta dishes were subpar, fresh ingredients were good quality, but there is no cooking involved, just assembling)
- the staff is unprofessional (we had our cutlery on the plate - clear sign that we wanted them to be changed and they put it back dirty on the table. Also the waitress did not have a clue about what was being served and could not answer simple questions on the dishes).
- the executive chef is not checking dishes before they go out (the kitchen has an open plan and so this can be observed)
- the taste of the food is average/poor

Bottom line, the (limited) savings compared to dining Italian in downtown Boston do not justify going all the way to Needham for Spiga.

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank Christine S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On a one-night stay, I read the reviews on TripAdvisor and was not led wrong. Lovely spot, within a spirited walking distance of the Sheraton Needham, great service, delicious food, cozy ambience. We were treated like locals even though we were strangers. We'll be back.

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank CruiseEditor
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This intimate restaurant with indoor/outdoor seating is truly a hidden gem! Service was fantastic and food was delicious. Menu offers a great selection of
dishes, and I loved the Italian Sausage & Pepper Meatballs. Bucatini with guanciale was tasty too. The homemade peach crostata with vanilla gelato was the perfect end to our meal.

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank HMRoch
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