So I got to eat some tasty Barbara Lynch/Butcher Shop treats at a store opening on Newbury St. (duck liver mousse, pate, etc.) then we went around the corner to Paparazzi on Dartmouth to split a salad and pasta. I remember someone here saying their pasta was worthy (Galleygirl maybe?) and that's what sounded good. Ate at the bar with the friendly bartender who topped off my friend's wine with the end of the bottle which was nice. They have a big plate of olives and breadsticks out for munching which is nice if you're just drinking. We split a mixed greens w/ dried cranberries, gorgonzola, tomato and vinaigrette and a pasta dish of smoked mozzarella, eggplant, roma tomatoes and cheese. The salad was great if a little overdressed and the pasta had a nice bit of chewiness to it (they used cavatappi if that means anything). The smoked flavor gets a little overpowering after a while but we enjoyed it, perfect portions for each of us with a piece of foccacia bread, $6.95 and $12.50. I hadn't been there in about 15 years and it's certainly not the happening spot it once was, but I'd be curious to try it again for another reasonably price pasta dish.
Got coffee and dessert at Blackfin (Huntington Ave.) in the bar area which was fairly quiet. Went with pear gallette w/ cardamom ice cream for $8 which was pretty good. The ice cream is certainly a distinct flavor and the pears were nice altho the crust wasn't as good as it could be. Decaf latte was fine, server pleasant, no Tony Ambrose sightings tho.