It was all Jackson Square, all the time this weekend for me, as we had dinner at Denly's in the Jackson Square section of East Weymouth last night, then had breakfast at the Venetian, which is just down the road from Denly's.
Denly's is pretty hard to find, and we had almost given up on ever getting to the place when we saw the old stucco building in the distance. It was worth driving around for, though, as the place is a classic; high-backed wooden booths painted blue (and obviously painted blue a long time ago), tables that look like they had been taken from an elementary school, bar lights with naked bulbs shining down on the windows tables, and a standup bar that has room for maybe 8 to 10 people tops. We ordered a couple of pizzas along with some beers (surprisingly, they have a great beer list). The pizzas were very good, though they were not the bar pizzas that I had expected; instead, they were more of a traditional pie, with a chewy crust, a fairly hearty sauce, and gooey, chewy cheese. Service was excellent, and people were generally pretty friendly and laid back there. Going in, I had had the impression that it would be more of a dive bar, but it's really just an old Italian restaurant that specializes in pizza while offering a variety of pasta, chicken, seafood, and veal dishes.
I'm no stranger to the Venetian, and have never really had a bad meal there, and this morning was no exception. The blueberry waffles were exceptionally tasty, and were a lot lighter and fluffier than I was used to. And the strawberries and whipped cream on top just added to the decadence. Coffee was much better than average, and the toasted brown bread was very good, though not quite as fresh as that of Mannion's in Quincy. The place was nearly empty at about 10:00 in the morning, but that may have been the lag factor due to last night's exciting (but meaningless) Pats game.
Jackson Square isn't exactly restaurant row, but between Denly's and the Venetian, there is indeed enough in this East Weymouth neighborhood to keep me happy.