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Italian >Via Matta
79 Park Plz, Boston, MA | Directions 0211642.351352 -71.069970
Mon-Thu 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-1am
Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-1am
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central
Great to celebrate! – I recently took my girlfriend out for her birthday. She loves Italian, so I asked around the office for some great spots in the city (I don't go out often) and the majority of the office suggested Via Matta. I had no trouble making the reservation, even on a busy weekend. I told the girl on the phone that it was a special occasion, and she told me that they would make sure the night was special. They went above and beyond! We checked in for our reservation, and the people at the door greated us with a smile, and wish my girlfriend a big happy birthday. Then, we went to our table, a really nice spot by the window, and the table was decorated with confetti and the server greeted us with complimentary champagne. We had the best dinner, but the best part was the dessert with a personalized "Happy Birthday" message with her name, and a birthday card signed by the entire staff. I highly recomend this restaurant for special occasions like birthdays, and I'm looking forward to going back to have some drinks at their bar with my friends (which was packed all night).
Poor Choice – The noise level makes conversation impossible. Reservation requests are not respected. The server got furious when we did not order bottled water and more so when we asked to split a pasta as a first course. The chicken was so salty it was inedible and then she slapped the bill on the table as soon as she served dessert.
The costs are sky high but the rest is down and dirty.
Excellent – Went for dinner the other day. Seated at great window table. Started with pappardelle with wild mushrooms. My friend and I could not decide on what to order as both the chicken milanese and the shellfish stew looked appealing. We figured we would just share. The waiter took it upon himself to split both meals so we each got an individual plate of both..... great idea and great presentation. Panna cotta for dessert was fantastic. all in all one of the best dining experiences in a while
my fav rest in boston – my fav restaurant in boston- trendy, cool, hip, waiter was attentive. ambience is great. have been to almost every high end restaurant in boston and this one takes the cake... or the panna cotta which was amazing :)
Bravo!!! – Nice to finally have an Italian restaurant that isn't in the North End and one that offers a broader range of regional cuisine. Very dynamic ambience. Would like to see more "traditional dishes" on the menu and more variation but overall, have to say this is one of the better Italian restaurants in Boston. Great wine list.
Good Seafood Soup but Fishy Fish – The ambiance was elegant and some of the dishes were good, although 2 items were below basic dining standards. First the special olive oil infused with various spices had no taste. The regular olive oil (extra virgin with heavy olive taste) was a great substitute and married well with the bread. Secondly I ordered the Mediterranean grilled whole fish which was a special. When I smelled my fish being served, it had a strong, obvious fishy odor. The server said it was how the fish should smell. I later smelled the same fishiness of another fish served to another table. Im surprised that the talented chefs would allow such fishy dishes to leave the kitchen. I returned my fish and replaced it with the Cacciucco of East Coast Shellfish (similar to the bouillabaisse) which was excellent with intense seafood and rosemary flavors. My wait staff was polite and understanding.
Overall a solid choice – The quality is generally very good, although some of the items of the menu are a little simple, maybe Americanized (like the pollo al mattone). But one of the best in terms of authentic Italian food.
Above the rest!! – The food was to die for!! The service was outstanding I went with a couple of my girlfriends we had a couple drinks at the bar since we were early for our reservation and the drink menu was great the bartnenders were the best they made wonderful drinks and were very attentive. I would go back for sure.
Two thumbs up!! Valet service was also fantastic!
Completely Blown Away!!! – What an awesome first time! My girlfriend and I wanted a place special and fun, and everyone at Via Matta made our anniversary perfect. We had a drink at the bar and the bartender was so nice. That Basil Gimlet--amazing. We heard about the eggplant and the bolognese and both were spectacular; perfectly seasoned. Service was sharp and unobtrusive. Desserts--chocolate crostata and panna cotta were so decadent. They didn't rush us to leave and kept filling our water. We will definitely be back and bring friends!!!
Not a great first try – Appetizers ($11-16), Pastas ($16-21) and entrees ($20-38). Ordered Pasta Bolognese and Fish Stew. Plate of olive oil and bread delivered. No bread plate. The oil was heavily laced with basil, delicious as a dipping oil for bread, which was nothing special. The Bolognese appetizer was average in size, no fresh pepper offered. This dish was horrible, way too salty. Second attempt same. The fish stew was outstanding. Shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels, calamari and a piece of fish in a spicy tomato broth laced with fennel, red pepper and fresh parsley. Hidden on bottom was slice of bread soaking the broth. Excellent. This is a dish that should not be missed. I just had a bad batch of Bolognese sauce and will try again. Maybe even give the Bolognese another shot. Service spotty.
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