Went to Spiga last night with three friends. The space is tucked behind a couple of buildings off needham street. You really need to know where to look for it or you will never find it.
We were very excited to eat at Spiga because there are not that many restaurants to go to on the Needham/Newton line. We were also excited because one of our favorite chefs, Marisa from Bricco was the consulting chef.
The menu is simple italian food, NOT the americanized italian food you always see everywhere, in otherwords no chicken parm in site. Too start, I had a simple green salad with a shallot vinaigrette, my friends both had ceaser salads. They were dressed well and the portions were good. For entrees we had the wild mushroom parapadelle, the filet mignon with artichokes and gorgonzola and the orechette with brococali raab & pork sausage. What a let down. The cook had obviously not tasted and seasoned our food because everything was bland. There were no salt shakers on the table and I felt bad about asking for one. The filet was ordered medium and came out well done and was missing the gorgonzola cheese. The mushroom pasta was also missing the truffle oil. For dessert we had the regular tiramisu and the strawberry tiramisu, they were good and very homey. For wine we ordered a bottle of the quattro Mani montepulciano d'abruzzo, really tasty, so much so, that we ordered a second bottle.
Overall, this restaurant has the potential to be really good, but still struggling with kitchen timing and execution of the overall food; we waited for about an hour for our entrees because of a kitchen mix up The service was warm, intelligent and helpful. The restaurant has a great feel of being a family run place, I believe many of the family were working in the restaurant alongside the servers. I do feel that for the prices they are charging they need to work out the kinks with the food quickly & I was a little surprised they did not attempt to offer a dessert or comp any item on our bill because of the wait. For three people our tab was....
3 salads, 2 pasta, 1 filet, 3 tiramisu, 2 bottles of wine.......$230 including the tip.
Eventhough, we had issues, when I left I decided I would return and am deep down rooting for them to succeed. Spiga is worth the visit if in the neihborhood.