Growing up across the street from the historical North End building where Villa Francesca now stands, Guglielmo Ranauro never guessed that he'd open a restaurant in 1976 and name it after his beloved mother. Ranauro was inspired by her traditional cooking and wanted to create a place where other people could get an authentic taste of Italy.
Today, Ranauro has handed over the family legacy to longtime manager and prot?g? Tomas Salmeron. Salmeron and his culinary team continue to follow those classic recipes, turning fresh-caught fruits of the sea into a daily seafood prix fixe menu. Furthermore, they transform chicken, lamb, steak, and veal into dishes you might find while strolling through a Tuscan piazza or steering a one-person submarine down a Venetian canal. The eatery?s extensive wine list, which includes 140 Italian and international varieties, earned a 2012 Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator. Even the ambiance points diners in the direction of Italy: tin ceilings and stained-glass accents add Old-World nostalgia, and the exposed-brick walls are anchored by Romanesque archways and paintings of bustling village scenes.
Grill 23 and Bar serves tasty American-style cuisine. Dieters beware — Grill 23 and Bar does not offer low-fat cuisine. Flush with wines from around the world, drink from the restaurant's extensive list of reds and whites. The bar also has TVs, so guests can enjoy their glass while following up on the latest scores. Got a big family? Tons of friends? An entire soccer team? Consider the private room at Grill 23 and Bar, where large groups can get together to celebrate life's biggest milestones.
The restaurant can get thronged with crowds on Fridays and Saturdays, so book your table ahead of time through their reservation system. If time is of the essence, Grill 23 and Bar's take-out option may be a better fit. Through their catering service, Grill 23 and Bar can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Parking is plentiful — the restaurant provides valet in the nearby lot, where regular parking is also available. Drivers can take advantage of alternate street parking when the lot is packed. If you're not in the mood to drive, hop on public transportation instead; nearby stops include Arlington Station (Green), Back Bay Station (Orange), and Back Bay (Framingham/Worcester, Franklin, Needham, Providence/Stoughton).
Save Grill 23 and Bar for a splurge since prices for a meal can run upwards of $50. Grill 23 and Bar accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. The dinner menu is a crowd pleaser at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
Steak and potatoes take center stage at Boston's Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat well at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar also offers a wide-ranging wine list. With TVs in the bar area, you can catch the game while you enjoy a glass of Merlot. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along. The private room at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is an excellent option when you're heading out with a big group for a night of celebration.
Crowds tend to pack the place on weekends, so call ahead to reserve a table. You can also serve food from Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar at your next party — the bar offers catering.
Drivers can leave their cars at a nearby garage and get validation at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. If driving doesn't appeal, you can take public transportation, with nearby stops at Arlington Station (Green), Boylston Station (Green), and Tufts Medical Center (Orange).
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more. The dinner menu is a crowd pleaser at the bar, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
Located in South End, Metropolis Cafe features an exceptional wine and tapas menu. Diners who avoid fat need to be careful, though, because Metropolis Cafe's menu does not offer low-fat options. Oenophiles will be pleased with the deep wine list. Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at Metropolis Cafe just as much as their parents do. Heading out with a larger party? There's plenty of space for big groups at Metropolis Cafe.
If your Friday or Saturday night plans include a trip to the bar, it's best to reserve a table before heading over.
Street parking is conveniently available around the bar, as well as valet service. For those who wish to avoid traffic, Metropolis Cafe is also accessible via public transportation, with stops at Washington St. @ Union Pk (SL4, SL5), Back Bay (Framingham/Worcester, Franklin, Needham, Providence/Stoughton), and Washington St. @ W Newton St. (SL4, SL5).
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Metropolis Cafe. Major credit cards — including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express — are accepted. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Metropolis Cafe, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
Reserve a table for two! Ristorante Fiore specializes in intimate Italian cuisine for those looking to add some romance to dinner. No need to miss out on Ristorante Fiore just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The restaurant has plenty of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. Beer, wine, and more are also available from Ristorante Fiore's extensive drink list. Sized just right for big groups, the private room at Ristorante Fiore would be an ideal pick for your next birthday party or family gathering. Eat outdoors Ristorante Fiore (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating. Get connected at lightning fast speeds with Ristorante Fiore complimentary wifi.
If waiting in line isn't on the agenda, call ahead and make a reservation during Ristorante Fiore's busy weeknight rush. Or, take your grub to-go. For the tastes of Ristorante Fiore from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Guests can leave their vehicles in the nearby lot — valet service is also available — or circle the block for a spot on the street.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
Fall head over heels for Bin 26 Enoteca — this Italian hot spot is a fantastic spot for your next dinner date. Put the diet on pause when you visit Bin 26 Enoteca — there are no low-fat menu items. Complement you meal with a beer or wine from Bin 26 Enoteca delightful drink menu. Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi. Ideal for birthday parties or other large get-togethers, Bin 26 Enoteca has all the room you'll need to be comfortable.
People tend to swarm the restaurant on Fridays and Saturdays, so be sure to reserve space for your party ahead of time. Catering services are also available. Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
You can easily find street parking near Bin 26 Enoteca or pull up curbside and make use of the valet service.
Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30. The dinner menu is a crowd pleaser at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.