Boston Restaurant Blog -- June, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
A couple of years ago, I went to the now-closed Spazio FX on Granite Street in Braintree, and was always wondering how the original Spazio (which remains open) was for food and atmosphere. Well, about two weeks ago, we had a rather late dinner there, and found the restaurant to be pretty impressive, though different from Spazio FX in that it felt a bit more intimate, not quite as upscale, and more focused on Italian cuisine.
Spazio is in a little strip mall along Route 53 (a road that has countless little strip malls). It is not a huge restaurant, but does have three separate areas, including a cafe to the right, a sleek bar in the entrance room, and a neat, modern-looking dining room to the left. The dining room (at least when we were there) is very dark and intimate, with candlelit tables and a tile floor that seemed to make the place a bit on the loud side.
We started out with what may have been the best dish of the night, namely a prosciutto and fig plate that had a near-perfect mix of sweet and savory flavors. The Caesar salad which came out at the same time was fresh and tasty, with a moderately zesty dressing. Our main entrees were a mix, as the wood-fired mushroom pizza was absolutely delicious, with a slightly chewy (and slightly charred) crust and a hint of bitterness in the cheese. The pasta bolognese, however, was not quite up to par, as the sauce was a mix of watery tomato sauce and large chunks of veal, beef, and pork (some of which seemed a bit hard and dry). For dessert, we tried a falling chocolate cake which had some decent flavor, though it was rather overcooked and dried out. Service was excellent, as our waitress was talkative and personable, and the prices were about average for what we got.
The prosciutto and fig plate alone would make me want to return to Spazio, but the food overall seemed just a bit inconsistent. Based on the meal we had at Spazio, I certainly think it is better than the disappointing Viola in South Braintree and the now-closed Giamatti, which used to be just up the street from Spazio. But it is still tough to beat Ecco in Weymouth and Gennaro's in Quincy, two excellent Italian restaurants that aren't very far away.
The address for Spazio in Braintree is: Spazio, 200 Quincy Avenue, Braintree, MA, 02184. The phone number is (781) 849-1577.
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