I was on one of my bi-annual dr. appts. in Quincy Center and noticed a little cafe between the T and Hancock St. that I didn't remember. Stopped in to look around on my way back and the kids working jumped to attention so I couldn't leave without buying something. Just got an iced coffee but it was a decent price for 16 or 20 oz. ($1.60) and the kids were very sweet even if they did forget to put ice in it at first. Looked like their mother was reading the newspaper by the window. It had a comfy look, esp. the back area and the cake definitely looked worth a slice some time. They just opened on Mon. so give a new indy business a shot if you're in the area.
A place that doesn't need anyone else's business is Ciao Bella where my friend wanted to go for his b-day. Thought we might see some movie or sports celebs but he said we were the most famous people there. Didn't even remember what the place looked like it had been so long. It was all okay but really overpriced when you consider the "fine" dining you can get for $22-36. We split a good caesar and he had linguine w/ clams and red sauce and I had fettucine with porcini mushrooms in a wine and cream sauce. Altho I asked them to go light on the cream and there was next to none. It was good, very earthy tasting. Both pastas were $15.95. Tiramusu ($6.95) was decent and light. Service all right not great. Started getting really busy at 8. In fact, all of upper Newbury St. was jammed on a Tues. nite. It was okay to go back after 12 years altho my stomach has been very unhappy since last nite.