So even tho my quest is to eat at every restaurant in Boston, I had never been to Dali til last Sat. (with a certificate from someone who couldn't believe I hadn't gotten there). Went about 5:45 and sat right down but it filled up quickly. Was surprised at how dressed up all the employees are, felt like I should have a dress on but it's a casual place, darkly lit, very cute. Our waiter was awesome but little of our food impressed me. Their bread and chickpea dip was very good as was the refreshing sangria. Started with lobster/crab ravioli, oxtail and stuffed mussels. The 5 ravioli were barely warm which bummed us out, fine but not great (like Mama Maria's). Oxtail was good, very pot roast like but a lot of bone. Three mussels were tasty and a little hotter. Next we got stuffed pork loin and broccoli/cauliflower/cheese fritters. Everything except the fritters was on the special menu for the nite, all $7.50 I think. Pork came in a madeira type sauce and had good flavor but was on the dry side. Fritter things were very dry with no sauce ($4.50). We got dessert to see if they'd redeem themselves and the rice pudding with a bruleed crust and fruit did the trick. A very good dessert so we ended on an up note, but I'm not the fan that everyone else seems to be.
Also disappointing that day was a scone from Fornax bakery in Roslindale (where Mayor Menino was hanging out at an egg hunt). They always seem to be out of sweet croissants so I went for a walnut/currant scone which had zero sweetness. Fairly dry and tasteless, I just ate it to hold me over til Dali time. It may be the worst scone I've ever had and I know that bakery does pretty well with most things.
One thing which I have absolutely no complaints about is the foccacia w/ mozzarella, basil, tomato at Bottega Fiorintina ($4.50, Brookline Village location). Their foccacia is great and even tho the tomatoes weren't quite up to par, as expected at this time of year, it was great after they stuck it on grill press for a minute.
One last bite was at the "Jammin Kitchen" at Costello's in JP Center. $5.25 got me a chicken breast, mozzarella and roasted red pepper sandwich w/ handcut fries. My friend got a cheese, tomato, garlic pizza for $6 which was a good size and pretty respectable. It's a hang at the bar, play Keno kind of place, but does a good job with bar food and you can't beat the price.