Had my second visit to the new Paparazzi in Framingham tonight. First visit was 2nd day after opening. Was flooded with wait staff and management attention. So much so that courses arrived what seemed like seconds after ordering.
Tonight just the opposite. Basic first course salads served to guests about 10 minutes apart....and we're talking basic salads. Beverages (coke, a glass of wine and 2 waters) were ordered upon arrival but weren't delivered until after salad course had begun. Main courses were delivered in a reasonable time but we placed at all the wrong seats causing a major juggle. A fifth order was delivered despite having only four at our table.
Spaghetti and clams were bland and uninspired..I found myself picking clam shell shards out of my by mouth.
Gnocchi was pretty good.
Portabello Tortellini was by far the highlight.
Penne con Pollo sauce was decent but penne was pulled out about 3 minutes before al dente. Some of the noodles were tough to bend with my fingers.
Ordered another glass of wine about halfway thru main course and it had never arrived by the time we got our check,
Considering the attention to detail at many of the back Bay Restaurant Group establishments, I'm somewhat surprised that this opening has been getting consistently bad reviews from most local foodies I speak with. There seems to be a huge disproportion of management types roaming around asking about "your experience" at the expense of worker bee's at tables and in the kitchen.
Please note I understand that Iwe're talking Paparazzi, so the expectations should be pretty low from the start vis a vis North End and other local Italian favorites. I suppose I was just hoping that the price:performance ratio was a bit better than the Bennigan's it replaced.
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