I hate always going into the city so I was so happy to find this place! I just tried Alia Ristorante in Winthrop last night and it was awesome! It is not your typical italian restaurant because it also has lots of funky specials that are mediterannean and moroccan. I didn't even know it was there until my brother raved to me about this little place a friend took him to last week. I guess Alia has been open for only a few weeks but I think they'll have a line out the door soon because everyone we talked to in the restaurant was also raving about how good they thought everything was. I had the veal parm, my friend had lamb w/ cous cous and we had an "italian pu pu platter" to start -- everything was amazing. In addition to making excellent food, the owner obviously enjoys spending time talking to his customers. Alia is candlelit and very nicely decorated (no fake grape vines hanging from the ceilings!) -- it looks like it belongs in the South End or Newbury Street but it has a very casual atmosphere and is super inexpensive! And the best part is that it is a BYOB and the owner told us he is going to add breakfast/brunch on Sundays -- we're going back for sure.