Boston Restaurant Blog -- February, 2007
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Wednesday, February 14, 2007
I had one of the best overall restaurant experiences of the past couple of years last night at a little Italian dining spot in Medford called Pastalina's Restaurant. This friendly, family-owned trattoria is easy to miss, as it is buried in a block of small stores near the intersection of Routes 60 and 28 near the Malden border. Indeed, we almost missed it last night as we drove through the neighborhood. I'm sure glad we didn't!
I won't get into too many details, as we definitely plan to feature Pastalina's on Boston's Hidden Restaurants in the next few weeks, but I can tell you that both the salad and the entrees were absolutely spectacular. The fresh homemade pasta and the lightly fried veal were head and shoulders above that of so many other Italian restaurants in the Boston area, and better than any food I've had in Medford (high praise indeed, since there are several great Italian restaurants in town). Also, the waitress was kind enough to bring us some of her homemade desserts, which were also excellent.
One thing that won't get into our featured review is something I'd like to mention here; all I can say is, Tuesday nights turn into a bit of a "man pad" at Pastalina's, as we witnessed some hilarious doings by a group of regulars there that, as I've said elsewhere, reminded me of a mixture of Imus in the Morning and Oceans Eleven (though they were truly nice guys who we ended up chatting with for a good while). These folks are there every Tuesday, having the type of guys' night out that I used to participate in at Santarpio's in East Boston for years.
What more can be said...great food, great service, and great patrons. We definitely hit the trifecta last night, restaurant-wise. I strongly recommend anyone who likes fresh Italian food to check out Pastalina's. And if you go on a Tuesday night, tell the Treehouse Gang that we said hi!
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