coming to boston from ny with a group of 25 (1/2 3 year old kids). looking for a stylish place where you could get an indiv pie or slice, but also get baked clams, pastas, or a piece of fish where the entrees are in the $15-$20 range. Plenty of these kinds of places in NY and LI, but i haven't had much luck finding one in my trips to boston. last trip (in search of a red sauce italian joint) we tried Mamma Maria's in the north end and were somewhat disappointed in that we were stuck in the basement under a leaking pipe and the vibe was zero. food was ok, but nothing special.
on a similar trip, we've done Maggiano's (in philly) and it was fine in that they accommodated a large group easily, but it's a full service restaurant as opposed to a slightly more casual, but still stylish place. thanks