Vlora on Boylston has been open for several months, and I have been 3 times now, as I live and work in the Back Bay. All 3 times were for lunch. I think their dinner menu is over-priced, but they have some tasty and amazingly cheap options for lunch.
I've enjoyed the grilled veg. wrap, the watermelon w/ feta tidbit ($5.95!), the sauteed zucchini w/ garlic yogurt (also $5.95!), and the greek salad. They also have cheap home-made pasta options... but I've been trying to be 'good' lately.
So, I love it as a lunch spot (and it's awesome to have an option other than the Globe for a sit-down, inexpensive lunch on that stretch of Boylston St.), but I'm not sure of what to make of it in general.
It's huge, and very sleekly decorated, but it's always empty, and I'm not sure why-- considering the great prices!? The last time I was there, there was more wait-staff then there were customers... they were just walking around re-shining silverware and glasses at these huge tables that never seem to be filled.
I think it has a lot to do with it's below street-level location, and the sign!! I have HATED the sign ever since they opened. They are aiming for elegant, but have this awful blue and orange sign that reminds me a tanning salon every time see it. Any designers out there interested in helping them design a better one?
So- have you been to Vlora? What do you think?
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