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“Unique Italian nouveau cuisine”
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Ranked #193 of 3,263 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Transit: The nearest T stop is the Arlington Street stop on the Green Line. The restaurant is two blocks away, down Arlington Street toward the South End, on Park Square.
Description: Charles Draghi and Joan Johnson's highly acclaimed contemporary Italian restaurant and wine bar. With Charles' simple, ever changing menus, rooted in traditional regional Italian cooking,and the best seasonal local ingredients. This restaurant has won numerous awards and kudos from critics, and many loyal guests. Alongside the Italian menus an equally lauded, all Italian wine list, comprised of rare and traditional village wines. The enoteca/wine bar is a cozy and lively meeting place, with its own menu of simple plates and a fun cordial cocktail list.
Reviewed August 9, 2014

This is not your run of the mill old fashion Italian cuisine. The chef creatively eliminates cream and butter, adds in fresh local ingredients, sprinkles in a variety of herbs, and turns it into some very unique dishes. The salads are fresh and have interesting flavors. The entrees shined especially the agnolinis, tiny raviolis filled with lemon ricotta in a garlic and pea sprout broth. The sweetness of the raw scallops was perfectly balanced with paper thin slices of tart apples and watercress. The most traditional dish was fresh pappardelle with boar ragu. Simply done, but classic. The meal ended with complimentary chocolate truffles and baked meringue cookies. Great variety of Italian wines. Very professional wait service and a gracious hostess. The interior is cozy, yet the tables are spaced far enough apart that you can have a nice conversation without yelling.

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Reviewed August 8, 2014

This is a nice choice for Italian, and can be either a formal occasion or more casual. The service is very attentive but not obtrusive. We got the bluefish entree and the leg of lamb special, both were very nicely done. The lamb was cooked to a proper medium rare. We were too full for dessert but were given a few sweets as parting gifts anyway, which was a nice touch.

1  Thank Fergus-and-Fiona
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

We went last Saturday night to celebrate my Wife's Birthday. This restaurant is great. From Greg at the bar mixing up his infused specialties, Brandon the server with complete command of the menu to the owner operators Joan and her husband (didn't get his name) in the kitchen, you will love this place.
I had the sautéed lobster. We were warned about the unusual consistency of lobster sautéed out of the shell, and the dinner was fantastic.

We will be back. Thanks to the entire for such a wonderful night.
PS... It's a little slower in the summer... So don't wait till the back bay crowds return in the fall.

1  Thank John N
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Reviewed August 3, 2014

My husband and I ate out here with friends and had one of the best nights I can remember. The food is inventive, unpredictable and unabashedly delicious. I tried prosciutto with strawberries, fried dandelion and lobster soup- and that was just the appetizer course. The lobster soup was a clear broth with croutons, absolutely delicious. I tried the lamb that my husband had- incredible- and my own tagliatelle with rabbit and veal- unbelievable. That pasta, that meat- oh my! Desserts were equally wonderful. I had the chocolate creme caramel with chestnuts and my husband had a crostada that was magnificent. Then they brought us some complimentary truffles- wow. And the cardamon coffee was out of this world, the perfect palate cleanser. This isn't red-sauce-Italian- this is luxury.

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1  Thank Marie C
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Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is a real romantic destination. The food is quite fanciful and always attractively plated, the choices are unusual, the tables far enough apart for a tete a tete, and the staff as friendly as can be. This is a neighborhood go to place so be sure to book early and often.

1  Thank Italianshopper
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