One of the problems with moving to a new city is that it's hard not to look for exact parallels of favorite restaurants from the old city in the new city. Case in point: right now I have a crazy, mad craving for the local hole-in-the-wall Italian place in my old neighborhood in NYC, Quartino. And I'm hoping someone can point me to a Boston equivalent.
Basically, I'm looking for a reasonably low-key Italian restaurant that emphasizes organic, seasonal ingredients (local too, why the heck not?), simply prepared. Think: asparagus risotto, spinach pasta, grilled fish, a glass of decent but inexpensive white wine. Nothing fancy, and nothing that will make me feel guilty going out on a Wednesday night (e.g. white linen tablecloths, $30 pastas, etc.).
I'm in Newton, so metrowest would be great, but I'd be willing to drive to Cambridge, downtown, or anywhere else reasonably local for this.
Many thanks for any help!
Oh, and if you're ever in Greenwich Village, Quartino is worth a look...