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Vinoteca di Monica

digga | Jan 19, 201004:43 PM

We had a gift certificate that was expiring so we stopped in last night for the first time. We found the space rather attractive. Pretty quiet on a Monday evening (bad weather? Monday? MLK Day?). We started with the marinated mushrooms with grilled onions - a really luscious dish, both visually and taste-wise. The grilled octopus was equally good. Very well-prepared portion (i.e., not at all chewy) of both body and tentacles. B got the special fettucine with shrimp and artichoke hearts and I had the linguine with seafood in red sauce. Both had perfectly cooked, obviously fresh pasta and great flavors but both were marred by too much salt, but not rendered inedible as we shared and finished off both dishes (B loves his salt, me not so much, and even he found them too heavy-handed with the salt). We drank one super-tuscan and then three glasses of the same montalcino - both varietals were delicious. Topped off the meal with a comforting bread pudding. Total came to $128. Non-obtrusive service. We never eat in the NE but I think we might be back. We'd love to try something without seafood - maybe then the salt won't be so prominent.

Monica's Restaurant
143 Richmond St, Boston, MA 02109

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