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Alta Strada: Why universally disliked?

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Alta Strada: Why universally disliked?

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suepea | | Nov 30, 2009 04:21 AM

I am relatively new to ChowHound (I have been using it to research restaurants and other food topics for a long time, but registered and wrote my first post yesterday, a review of Alta Strada's brunch). I happened to notice in other posts that Alta Strada is not very well liked, though few or no (?) reasons were given, probably b/c it wasn't the main topic of the posts.

Although it's not my favorite restaurant, being a resident of Metro West, it is certainly a reliable and convenient "go-to" place for us on nights we don't feel like cooking. I have relatively minor quibbles (which I"ve noted elsewhere, such as Open Table reviews... pricey drinks, miniscule portions for certain things liked cured meat antipasti)... The service is always excellent, good wine-by-the-glass selection, and the food is pretty darn good for what this is, a neighborhood joint. Some really good pasta dishes -- linguni w/clams, a tuna/tomato/pinenut/raisin thing that I've had in the past; and so on...

My husband and I have been to some top restaurants in Boston and NY and traveled extensively in Italy (Rome, Venice, Sicily, Tuscany, etc.), and I think we know a "dog" when we see one, so I have to ask...

Fellow ChowHounders... What is it you find so objectionable about A/S?

(Or like us, do you think it's just fine?)

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