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North End - Marcuccio's


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North End - Marcuccio's

Michael | Apr 15, 2001 11:10 AM

My wife and I are just home for Easter from a Friday night/Saturday in Boston for the Red Sox and food (Friday night was great for the Sox, but Saturday afternoon gave it all back). We stayed at the Club Quarters in the Financial district (good place, great deal) and were really looking forward to eating in the North End. After checking out the January thread about Trattoria S etc. and checking Zagat's, I chose Marcucio's. Boy, were we disappointed! The service was dis-interested at best, with no apparent ability to help me through the wine list (at least no enthusiasm, maybe no knowledge?) and not much help or excitement about the menu. To really sample the offerings we went with appetizers and 1/2s of multiple entrees, and it did nothing for me. I understand what they're going for with the fresh herb, light broth thing but it's also ended up meaning zero richness and a very thin taste. What they call risotto has little resemblance to any I'd want. The spicy shrimp risotto ends up a simple spanish rice style dish with some shrimp on top. Too bad. The one up side was a seared scallop appetizer that was pretty nice, but all in all a disappointment. We had spoken with someone who compared it favorably to Blue Ginger (out in Wellesly) as very creative variations on terrific ethnic food. Not close. (Blue Ginger was fabulous a month ago, the Sea Bass everything it's claimed to be and everything else we sampled being really special) Oh, well, we'll try again soon and hope for better.

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