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Summary of places around MGH, Boston

Limster | Oct 6, 2002 01:06 AM

Been chowing through the area (mostly Cambridge Street, a couple on Charles Street) for lunch. Here's a brief roundup of a bunch of places (excluding ones I've mentioned previously):

Pizzetta
Despite the fact that they're not made to order, the spinach and cheese calzone here are fabulous: verdant leaves with a lovely crunch and a perfect supple coating of cheese -- just the right amount to give the grassy spinach a lovely savory aura. Bready shell of the calzone is perfectly proportioned, not so thick as to upset the dough/stuffing balance. Pizza is pretty good too, thin crispy crusts, though the tomato sauce and mozzerella are only a slight cut above average. Arancini is also quite good: hardly much grease, very satisfying tomato sauced rice, meat and mozzarella.

Antonio's
For lunch they offer the Italian version of the $5 Chinese lunch special -- a plate of pasta woth your choice of meat/veggie. Standard issue tomatoe sauce. Not bad considering value, but far from the best.

Il Bocconcino
Pleasant and delicious Italian. Nothing extraordinary, but well made versions of Italian basics. We especially liked the fried calamari.

Panificio
Pretty good sandwiches, had a satisyfing brunch there too.

The King and I
Horrible, scary "Thai" food.

The Phoenicia
A dry kebab and some dull looking salad made for quite a disappointing lunch, especially in contrast to the stuff I've had at the (late) Anadolu and Istanbul Cafe.

Venice Ristorante
I like this place for good hot sandwiches. Hearty, tasty stuff.

Cafe Podima
Great sandwiches and rolls (made with Iggy's bread). Generous servings too. I especially adore the frozen yogurt with your choice of flavors blended to order. The brownies are a fudgy irresistable heart attack.

Uptown Cafe
Fairly decent sub place, but nothing out of the ordinary, except for the great fresh rolls that they use in their subs.

Osaka Express Sushi
Middle of the road Korean (Korean owners); also offers Japanese (including sushi) and Thai dishes.

Cafe on New Chandon
A neat greasy spoon, very notable for cheap good food (2 eggs any style, toast and potatoes for under $2!). A very desirable place to have around.

Viva Burrito
Actually quite decent stuff. Not rib sticking earthy mexican by any means (no al pastor or lengua sighting), instead, it's mostly freshly grilled meats stuffed into an urban burrito. Surprising flavor and textural depth to the soft taco shells.

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