Had three very good chow-ish days over last week/weekend:
First, dinner at Trattoria Toscano, new Italian place where Buteco used to be on Jersey St. in Fenway. Cute place, with super-friendly owners. The husband studied cooking in Florence for a while, and the menu is unpretentious and well executed. Two of us shared a caprese appetizer (should've known better - it's still too early for really good tomatoes, but the mozzarella was lovely), an order of cheese ravioli in a butter and fried sage sauce which was decadently good, and the veal ossobuco, which came with sides of rich chickpea puree and garlicky spinach. I would've liked something narrow to get at the marrow a little more, but the whole dish tasted delicious. We tried the house wines and thought the red (chianti) was hardly worth drinking. The white's (pinot grigio) not a superstar either, but was good enough for us to finish the full liter carafe... ~$50 for two before tax & tip. I'm excited to have this place in the neighborhood.
Lunch at Speed's the next day - I won't repeat any of the details that have been cited so often here, but thanks, 'hounds! I think I look pretty different from the average Newmarket Sq. clientele, and they thanked me a few times for making the special trip out to see them.
Finally, Hamster organized a bunch of us to get peking duck at King Fung. We showed up a bit late for our reservation, but the staff was very gracious, and brought out our first course right away. Excellently crisy skin and prettily cut scallions. The meat course was different from what I've had in Beijing, but still nice - stir-fried with bean sprouts and carrots. We definitely over-ordered, with dry-fried beef chow fun and some dumplings and ravioli, in addition to two ducks, so by the time we got to the soup, we were much too full to do it (and its particularly good soft tofu) justice. However, the guys who brought home the leftovers said it made a nice light lunch the next day. Also, a table near ours brought in a bottle of wine and glasses, and the staff didn't bat an eye, so I think it's pretty accepted there. ~$90 for six before tip.
Definitely worth all the time I'll be spending at the gym this week!