Last week a friend and I tried Primavera on Walk Hill St. in JP. I'd never heard of it but noticed it in the Phoenix listings. It's by a flower shop around the many cemeteries on Walk Hill between Hyde Park Ave. and Blue Hill Ave. (you'll know what I mean if you drive out there). In any case, it's a step above a pizza place, not too bright but a little cool inside (I asked them to turn up the heat which I think they did). A menu of typical red sauce Italian, pizza and some seafood. Veal dishes were only $9.95-12.95. My friend had veal saltimbacca which was a huge plate with an excessive amount of sauce but fairly tasty. I had your basic chicken parm. for $8.95. The chicken was done very well but the sauce was a little boring and on the sweet side. Decent small loaf of warm Italian bread, pleasant service. Not sure who their clientele is, only one other table was there while we ate but I'd stop by if it were in my neighborhood.
Fri. a friend and I were going to the Abbey so I figured it'd be easy to get dinner at Tir Na Nog "just down the street". Duh, confused my Irish bars and stood at the Thirsty Scholar waiting for him forever. By the time we finally met up, we just wanted something quick and ended up at the S&S where I knew we'd be able to sit quickly. My havarti dill cheeseburger w/ sauteed mushrooms and caramelized onions was a little overcooked but pretty damn tasty ($8.95). Caramelized onions makes everything better. Good fries and cole slaw came with it. He was happy with his steak tips, baked and salad, no complaints.
After the amazing football game Sun. nite, I met a friend in Central Sq. We nixed the very quiet Middlesex with a bongo player entertaining the two people there, and ended up at the much more happening Tavern, formerly the Good Life. Wow, that's a completely different space. I miss the red booths but it's a nice looking room with long bars, lots of dark wood, nice lighting fixtures. Kind of reminds me of Temple Bar in atmosphere altho the back dining area is a little forlorn. We split their veggie burger which was much more interesting than most, came with smoked mozzarella (or was it gouda?), grilled eggplant and roasted red pepper w/ cajun mayonnaise. With okay fries and two cold beers, it came to $16.20 pre tax/tip. Very nice and personable bartender and very loud room.