DiningWithDon1
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  • Review Count
    9
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  • First Review
    September 5, 2014
  • Last Review
    November 4, 2014
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  • Average Rating
    3.6
 
 
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Located in Boston's historic North End, Aria Trattoria features a mix of modern and old world Italian cuisine while paying homage to Massimo family roots from abruzzi influences. The menu is built on a foundation of simple, fresh pastas and antipasti, as well as a healthy dose of grilled meats, fish, and poultry dishes. Well-loved favorites like limoncello marinated shrimp, Cavetelli con Agnello, and massimo's grandmother's Porchetta <br /><br />
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Aria Is Alright
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/02/2014
 2008
Dined on 11/02/2014
 2008
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Everything was good. But nothing knocked our socks off. Best offering: the Braised Pork Shank. It was as it should be: falling off of the bone, good. Least favorite, house special pork chop -- basically a pork roast, not interesting at all.
The staff was very friendly and attentive.
Wine list was strongly Italian (as it should be) but over priced. I read other reviews before going and perhaps this was an off night but nothing really showed a lot of technique. I'm still looking for a creative and inventive Boston North End restaurant...and the search continues!
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Dined on 11/02/2014
 2008
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The Parkside Rotisserie and Bar is a Manhattan-style bistro centrally located in the heart of Rhode Island"s capital city, Providence. One of the best restaurants in Providence since 1994. Serving lunch and dinner daily, the Parkside is surely a fantastic choice anytime. The Parkside offers a wide array of upbeat foods ranging from spicy crab cakes to grilled tenderloin and portobello salad. There are also several innovative pasta dishes as well as the Parkside's signature rotisserie meat items and daily specials. The Parkside's unique atmosphere is accented by an open kitchen where guests can enjoy watching our talented culinary staff prepare all of the enticing entrees found on the menu. Join us at the Parkside for a relaxing dining experience that is "casual elegance."
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Perfectly Parkside
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/01/2014
 2008
Dined on 11/01/2014
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Every dish in the large menu that we had was made to perfection. Chef's decisions of accompaniment to the protein were smart and flavorful. Portions were bigger-than-average. Prices were moderate. Room was a tad noisy, but some like that. Service was first rate. Lots of choices; big menu! Varied wine list, many price levels. Our first visit to this downtown Providence joint; a pleasant surprise. Highlights: Steak Tartar app was seasoned especially well & served creatively with hand-cut waffle fries. The Peking Duck was a stretch from the real thing but tasty! Maybe a little too much work as it is DIY. All in all: Worthy to return."
Dined on 11/01/2014
 2008
Special Features: notable wine list
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 Truffles Grille &amp; Wine Bar
Truffles Grille & Wine Bar
Fine wine, creative food...Truffles is an exciting addition to the Metro West dining scene. This upscale bistro style eatery showcases a winning combination of New American cuisine, a sophisticated wine list and a stylish, intimate and charming ambience. Chef & Co-owner Anna Wallach presents a wonderful Eclectic and frequently changing menu that focuses on fresh local ingredients and seasonal influences. To complement the food, Truffles has compiled an attention drawing wine list with numerous offerings by the glass and has been awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in four consecutive years.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/03/2014
 2008
Dined on 10/03/2014
 2008
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 10/03/2014
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
The food is the thing
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/27/2014
 2008
Dined on 9/27/2014
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"I'll get this out of the way from the start: the food was very good, very much to out liking. I have no hesitation recommending this Italian restaurant based on their food. The tomato sauces varied, some were deeply roasted others sweet...good depth of flavor. Pastas were home-made, my dish of rigatoni with veal and cream was a big hit. Glasses of wine can be purchased in 2 serving sizes, a nice touch when pairing courses. OK, here are the misses: The place was freezing! We asked about it and were told that because the kitchen is open the place gets hot...so they crank the air..the server said it was always a problem. the tables are small weren't adjusted and kept tilting. Many apps are shareable but the server never advised us of that."
Dined on 9/27/2014
 2008
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Sam"s is not about reinventing the wheel. It's more about finding four wheels that we wanted to drive around the Boston Waterfront. The local bounty of New England's farms and artisans; the simplicity of an American Diner; the endless and timeless appeal of the French Bistro menu; and the warmth and welcoming spirit of our home. <br /><br />Located above Louis Boston on Fan Pier, Sam's is a 45 seat restaurant that offers stunning views of the Boston skyline and waterfront. <br /><br />We are conveniently located next to the ICA and Boston Courthouse, and a short walk to the Boston Convention Center, World Trade Center, and Bank of America Pavilion.<br /><br />During the warmer months, seating is available on our 80 seat patio. Reservations are only offered for the inside dining room, but please feel free to call about our wait times for outdoor seating.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
The View Saves Sam's
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/13/2014
 2008
Dined on 9/13/2014
 2008
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"A hidden gem right, smack on Boston's waterfront. This restaurant is on the 2nd floor of the stand alone Louis' clothing store. It is a neat looking, little bit of a throw-back/vintage, room. The room is small as are the tables (I couldn't imagine more than out 3 at the four-top we were eating at). It's a high rent district and the menu bears that out. The menu tries really hard, but the execution isn't as high end as the thought process. Everything was OK, nothing was bad but nothing was too impressive. However, the view is great and it is a nice place to take out-of-towners who will be impressed that you even know about it! That, itself, might be worth the price of admission!"
Dined on 9/13/2014
 2008
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion, great for outdoor dining
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The Canadian Food and Wine Institute's state of the art facilities are nestled into 114 acres of abundant Niagara land. <br />Benchmark is the next evolution of the hands-on learning process. Students begin their careers in the culinary and hospitality industry at this unique teaching restaurant. <br />Benchmark has been created to offer local, fresh food options for college students, staff and the external community at affordable prices. <br /><br>Features of Benchmark include a focus on fresh, local and Canadian cuisine, an educational kitchen and food, wine and beer pairings. We welcome all students, staff and members of the community to experience Benchmark.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Worth the Trip, If You Can Find It
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 30/08/2014
 2008
Dined on 30/08/2014
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"When visiting NOTL this restaurant is worth the 15-20 min ride to try. It is situated on the campus of Niagara College and is the restaurant of the college's Culinary Arts Dept. Aside from letting students showcase their culinary chops the wine and the beer are their own as well. The menu is aggressive and interesting. There are some hits and misses; I can't say everything served to our table of 4 was top notch but it is fun to see youngsters work magic in the kitchen and the menu's prices are well below other fine dining establishments in the area. If you are in the area (NOTL or the Falls) you shouldn't miss Benchmark. I'm giving this 5 stars because if you are a foodie you should support it and the value is outstanding."
Dined on 30/08/2014
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Since opening in May 2006, Treadwell has become one of Canada's most critically acclaimed restaurants. Located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Treadwell's "Farm-to-Table" philosophy allows Chef-Owner Stephen Treadwell to showcase the very best of seasonal produce from Niagara and Southwestern Ontario. The wine list, created by Sommelier-Owner James Treadwell, is often regarded as Canada's finest for Ontario wines. <br />Please check our Special Events page for a variety of unique events held at the restaurant. <br />
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Doesn't Quite Deliver
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 29/08/2014
 2008
Dined on 29/08/2014
 2008
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"So the dinner sounds sensational. The folks pouring wine are extremely helpful and knowledgeable with regarding to pairing Canadian wine with the food choices. But the meals themselves were not as tasty or interesting as the menu would lead you to believe. By no means is it bad, it's just kind of a let down from the description. All four of us had a very nice meal but were left hoping for more flavor, better execution, more pop. And, it is expensive. However, the fellow from the bar who paired the wines really did an outstanding job - he knows his Canadian grape profile and how to marry it. Even so, I probably won't be back my next visit to NOTL."
Dined on 29/08/2014
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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 Truffles Grille &amp; Wine Bar
Truffles Grille & Wine Bar
Fine wine, creative food...Truffles is an exciting addition to the Metro West dining scene. This upscale bistro style eatery showcases a winning combination of New American cuisine, a sophisticated wine list and a stylish, intimate and charming ambience. Chef & Co-owner Anna Wallach presents a wonderful Eclectic and frequently changing menu that focuses on fresh local ingredients and seasonal influences. To complement the food, Truffles has compiled an attention drawing wine list with numerous offerings by the glass and has been awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in four consecutive years.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Perhaps the best Place in the Area
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/19/2014
 2008
Dined on 8/19/2014
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"If you're looking for a very good place to eat in the Greater Milford area you will not do any better than Truffles. The room is nice, the food has panache, the wine list is better than most. I wish the wait staff was as knowledgeable as the menu portends. That aside, I have nothing bad to say about a place that has a city feel in the 'burbs (at non-Boston prices)."
Dined on 8/19/2014
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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The first floor hull of Legal Harborside is a nod to Legal Sea Foods’ heritage, a fish market opened in 1950 in Inman Square, Cambridge that expanded in 1968 into a no-frills restaurant where guests sat on picnic tables. <br /><br />Here you'll enjoy a casual menu of seafood favorites with a twist as well as shareable plates, pastas and pizzas made to order in an open kitchen. Choose to eat at one of the picnic tables for an authentic throwback experience or grab a seat at the oyster bar and watch the shuckers at work (up to 14 varieties of oysters are offered daily). Opt instead for the large elliptical bar where both wine and local beers are on tap or request patio seating, along Boston's HarborWalk. Other highlights include a "catch and release" trout pond and a retail market, with a fish monger on site, that offers fresh seafood, takeout and grab and go. Named a “Best New Restaurant” by Esquire, 2011.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
By the seas, by the sea
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/02/2014
 2008
Dined on 7/02/2014
 2008
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Solid citizen Legal Seafood is a good choice, especially the harborside location. if you are lucky enough to get waterside dining outside. Unfortunately, if there is a concert at the nearby Pavilion you will not be able to speak nor hear one another. But the food will be, good. Never great. For great go to the second floor and eat in their uber expensive gourmet room. For fun, go to the third floor and have small bites and cocktails in the lounge - with a great view. For good, the first floor is for you! Did I mention the view?"
Dined on 7/02/2014
 2008
Special Features: hot spot, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining
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