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Canestaro's & Orinoco


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Canestaro's & Orinoco

Joanie | May 10, 2006 07:17 AM

Stopped by for a quick bite at Canestaro's in the Fenway last week before MI3 (good dumb fun) and had a decent meal. The menu is huge and has typical Italian pastas and pizzas along with a good amount of sandwiches and burgers, all $15 and below. I went with a goat cheese & caramelized onion burger ($7.95) which was good, not great. The toppings were good, burger was okay, fries were standard. I probably should have gotten pasta but had been craving a burger for a couple days. Friend's spinach gnocchi in garlic sauace which they sprinkled goat cheese on top per his request was plentiful, I would have gotten two meals out of it ($12.95). It really is off the beaten track of restaurants on Peterborough and Jersey but a good standby, esp. to get away from Red Sox crowds.

Tried Orinoco on Shawmut Ave. last nite (also off the beaten track of restaurants along there) after schlepping in the rain, so a good nite for hardy Venezuelan food. And no one else was stupid enough to trek out, so easy to sit right down at this cute little spot. However, I wasn't overly impressed. We ordered the arepa of "shredded chicken w/ avocado and cilantro" while looking over entrees. It came out two seconds later, I thought it was bread at first. It looked like a chicken salad sandwich, not the hot shredded chicken I imagined. It was hard to cut thru, the extra sauce it's served with was the redeeming factor. Our entrees also came out way too quickly, my friend hadn't even finished his half of the areapa yet. He got shredded beef and I had the panela & onion slow cooked beef. It was good, a couple of my plantains were amazing, but the rushed food and arepa that just wasn't what I thought it would be (way different than the arepas at Viva Arepa in Roslindale) made me not too excited about the place. With a couple beers, it was ~$41 before tax/tip.

After, we continued schlepping in the rain down to Aquitaine cuz I wanted to hit a place serving dessert for Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer. Of course the dessert they offered for that wasn't what I would have picked. Bye bye caramel bread pudding and warm choc. cake, hello profiteroles. They were fine, and three huge ones for $8. Friend had port, chatted with the fun bartender. Should come back for mussels and bread pudding.


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