Tried the Brookline village Pomodoro last nite (still have never gone to the north end one) and it was pretty good. Cute room, very busy. We ate at the bar and left just in time as more people were hanging out there waiting for tables and getting in the way. They immediately serve good bread w/ olive oil and olives. Friend tried a beer from Nantucket that he liked. I was sorry to see this is another place serving $$ pasta, nothing under $20 which annoys me and was unexpected at that location. I started with duck confit and warm spinach which was great tho the spinach was a little salty ($12). But nothing too excessive. Got a half order of carbonara which tasted kind of pastey to me. Had a small bite of the rabbit lasagna which was very rich. Good service, on top of water refills, with two beers, it came to $54 w/ tax.
Needed a bit more food after hors d'oeuvres at a party Wed. so we stopped at the Aquitaine Bis bar in Chestnut Hill and split a dish of the most wonderful mussels. This is the best broth I maybe have ever had, forcing me to eat even more bread to sop it up. A million calories I'm sure but who cares. Bring on the apple tartin w/ vanilla ice cream for dessert which was very nice too. Not as good as Petit Robert Bistro but good and a nice bit of food for $19. Bartender was much friendlier to the regulars than to us tho.
Finally got pizza from Sweet Tomatoes in Newton Centre and I'm surprised more people don't mention this in the numerous pizza threads. Very thin crust which isn't everyone's favorite but I liked it. We got a small clam and large sausage & onion, a very large large. A good place to keep in mind, also a location in W. Newton.