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La Spiga: Italian in Needham, MA


Restaurants & Bars Boston Area Italian

La Spiga: Italian in Needham, MA

MarC24 | | Nov 4, 2007 03:32 PM

La Spiga is a new Italian restaurant in Needham, MA. We ate there for dinner recently and were very disappointed. Had read some good reviews and heard some good things, but overall the experience was not good. The decor is rustic and open, but there is not much room for waiting patrons to stand and the restaurant itself was too brightly lit for dinner. For dinner, I had the mussels appetizer- very very fishy, did not taste good at all. I ate only about 1/2 of it and had to stop, and I usually LOVE mussels. My husband had the Fried Calamari appetizer which was OK, but came with no dipping sauce or marinara. He asked for some, but it never came. For entree, I ordered a special: pasta pockets filled with pumpkin and cheese, with a Wild Boar sauce on top. I was brought a flat noodle pasta with what I was told was the Wild Boar sauce. Apparently the kitchen made a mistake with the plating. It actually tasted pretty good, but it was not what I ordered. My husband had gnocci, which he found fair. One of our other dining companions had the Ravioli filled with Calamari and Arugula, topped with Shrimp. It was just fair- again, the Ravioli were way too fishy. Overall, we found all of the seafood dishes we tried to taste much too fishy. The service was also just fair. Our server clearly was well intentioned and nice, but she was nowhere to be found when our appetizers came. We had to ask someone else for extra marinara sauce, which was never brought, and later we were told that the kitchen was too busy to provide us with marinara dipping sauce for the fried calamari. The person who served our entrees was very unfamiliar with the menu options and did not know what was in the plates he was serving. Overall, the food was not great and service was fair to poor.

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