Boston Restaurant Blog -- January, 2007
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
We drove over to Alfredo's in Quincy last weekend to get some good old-fashioned Italian food. It had been awhile since I was at a decent "red-sauce" restaurant, so I was definitely overdue for some pasta. And while Alfredo's is by no means the best Italian restaurant I have been to on the South Shore, it isn't all that bad, either.
Alfredo's is laid out in a simple manner, with the lounge on the right side of the restaurant and the dining room on the left side. We lucked out, getting one of the window seats in the dining room, and looked at the menu while noshing on some of their tasty bread. We ordered a couple of dishes--the broiled scallops and the veal braccalitine, along with some pasta fagioli. The soup was satisfying, though nothing extraordinary, while the meals were decent overall. The broiled scallops were fresh and firm (and probably the better of the two dishes), while the veal braccalitine was a bit too saucy for me; it was swimming in marsala sauce. The ziti was good, though, and the cuts of veal were of a decent quality.
I would probably go back to Alfredo's, though I do prefer Tullio's in North Quincy, since their menu is a bit more interesting and the food seems a bit more fresh and better prepared. But Alfredo's is kind of a fun place in an old-timey sort of way, and the prices are very reasonable. There are definitely worse options out there for Italian food, so while I'm not ga-ga over Alfredo's, I can't say I was disappointed either.
If you would like the address for Alfredo's, here it is: Alfredo's Restaurant, 75 Franklin Street, Quincy, MA, 02169. Phone: (617) 472-1115.
Gail M. said:
After reading the review about Alfredo's, it amazed me that this blog has not reviewed Gennaro's on Quincy Ave - across from the Quincy Athletic Club. Alfredo's is merely passable; however, if you want superb Italian food, go to Gennaro's!!! The moment you walk in, the waft of bread baking in their open brick oven is heavenly!
Everything is made on the premises and the owner/chef also is Sicilian-trained and will make the time to go to every table to say hello. If something is not on the menu, just ask and if the ingredients are available (and it's not crazy busy), he will make it for you. Recommendations: Chicken Piccata with the Portabella Ravioli...oh my goodness! It is fabulous!
Forget about Alfredo's. Go to Gennaro's. Try it - you'll definitely like it!
Posted on 9/10/07
Pat M. said:
I arrived in Boston a couple of hours ago on a business trip. Headed south towards my destination and decided to exit and look for some local Italian food. Alfredo's is clearly a very popular place on Saturday night at 7! Being alone, I asked to order from the full menu, but sit at a table in the bar. Excellent choice - being able to watch the end of the Green Bay vs. Seattle playoff game which happened to take place during a blizzard I called a Midwest friend who normally goes to the GB games to make sure she was watching from the comfort of her home, which she was! The food was great - red clam sauce linguini. The service was stressed due to the volume of business at the peak hour: One missed reservation for 9 who (happily) ended up seated next to me in the bar area rather than wait 30 minutes for the main restaurant seating. Otherwise, everything was fine. I did have to laugh as I surfed the internet and found this site - while waiting for my fairly long overdue main course. Had I read this in advance I would surely have chosen either of the other two local restaurants mentioned on the blog. In the end however, I'm glad I ate at Alfredo's!
P.S. The bread was great, but warm bread would be soooo much better! ;-)
Posted on 1/12/08
Went to Alfredo's for the first time about a month ago and had the chicken parm which we always get when we are overwhelmed by choices. Usually cannot go wrong with that. We did get a lot of food for a very reasonable price but were not thrilled with it. The chicken appeared to have been deep fried in a fryolator with dirty oil, the sauce was very thick and tomatoey and the pasta was mushy. Would not go back.
Posted on 10/2/08
andy abraham said:
I will look to try this restaurant...do you have any good restaurants in Providence, RI? Thanks.
Posted on 10/26/08
I know of a few good places in Providence, including Camille's Roman Garden, Andino's, and Sicilia's, all on or near Atwells Avenue in the Federal Hill area.
Posted on 10/26/08
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