I am a devoted lurker on this site, and I can't believe that my first post is going to be a negative one, but I tried Guiseppe's in Porter Sq. last night (where Metro used to be) and it was so uneven that I feel compelled share. The food was Olive Garden-worthy...absolutely no surprises to be found on the menu and most of what we ordered (party of 4...veal parm, chicken piccata, ziti w/fra diavolo-ish sauce, spaghetti & meatballs) was just skirting the edge of OK. Everything needed to be $2-3 cheaper and our expectations would have been much better managed at the outset. There was some good: the bartender--good wine recs and a v. nice martini to his credit; the meatballs--light, flavorful, tasty w/a smooth, rich-but-fresh red sauce...they serve them also as an app and I could see hunkering down at the bar w/a glass of wine and an order to fill the comfort food square some night. The worst thing, and it seems un-chowish to care but it was bad enough to be noteworthy, was the service. Not only was our waiter new to the business, but it appeared that he'd really never eaten out before...no water refills, no wine refills, handed us the menus and then said, "Can I take your order?" (Um...do you mind if we look first?), didn't tell us the specials until we asked--we worked hard for our dinner! And not to channel Sheryl Julian, here, but not only was there no one to take coats, there was no place to hang coats. We were told that we could go and pile our own coats on a booth in a side room that wasn't being used, i.e. the on the bed in the guest room. Homey and kinda cute, but honestly...there are a wealth of coat-hanging options that don't require a paid staff member.
Is this space cursed? Metro had such promise and then never really got it's act together. This place doesn't even show the promise. It appears that the trek to the N. End is still a necessity.