I don't usually have to make negative recommendations, but let me mention that Benatti, which took over from that atasca spin-off on Cambridge St, Cambridge, should be avoided. If you are in the neighborhood, go to Moqueca or All-Star or Wisteria House or S&S or ... well, almost anything. You'll pay less money and get much better food. And the portions will be larger, in general.
There really isn't an excuse for Benatti. Of the dozen of us there who basically bought out the place, not one was pleased with the food. Bets are on the chef being a smoker, because everything was over salted. Many things were overcooked. The open kitchen was a little showy, but not in a terribly entertaining way. The service was competent at best, but a bit clumsy and clearly not up to handling tables for more than 2 or 4.
With much better Italian all over town and much better food in the immediate neighborhood, most of it cheaper (yes, even East Coast is probably less expensive) there is no reason to bother. =/
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