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Davio’s Italian Steakhouse to Open at South Shore Plaza Braintree

Update-Davios is expected to opened  up in October 2017 at South Shore Plaza in the lower level of the mall across from Milton’s clothing store.  


South Shore Plaza in Braintree will be home to a new steakhouse in 2017 -Davios Northern Italian Steakhouse.  Davios currently has location in Boston, Chestnut  Hill  and Foxboro in the local area.  417823_648000098549298_677201667_n

In 1985, at the young and ambitious age of 24, Steve DiFillippo purchased a locally-owned family restaurant called Davio’s on Newbury Street in Boston’s trendy Back Bay. As Boston’s culinary tastes evolved, he transformed the location into a destination. He retooled the menu, the space, the wine list. The new Davio’s soon garnered rave reviews.

The idea behind Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse was simple, regional Italian foods with a focus on the grill.  Everything made by hand from the best ingredients. Serve everything from aged steaks to simple-yet-unique pasta creations. Mirror this philosophy in the kitchen with our expert and attentive staff in the dining room, seeing to your every need and taking pride in your enjoyment of the meal. Steve has since opened locations in Foxborough, MA; Philadelphia; Atlanta; Chestnut Hill, MA; Manhattan, and Lynnfield, MA.

This will be  another great place to celebrate a special occassion on the South Shore

The Braintree Forum reported this

The board approved liquor and restaurant licenses for Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse at South Shore Plaza. The restaurant will take over the space at the mall that had been occupied by Rodizio Grill, a Brazilian steakhouse that closed early last year after nearly two years of operation.

Here is  some of the buzz

My girlfriend brought me here last night for my birthday dinner, and it couldn’t have gone better. Our waiter, Adam, was very knowledgeable and helped guide us through the entire menu as it was our first visit. We knew we wanted a sweeter wine, but the wine menu was so intimidating. He suggested one that fit our criteria which we ordered, and it was great. The bread and butter we were brought was fantastic, airy and delicious. For food, we ordered the spring roll sampler, spaghettini, and lobster mac & cheese. I’m typically not a fan of any type of seafood, but all the food was so delicious. The shrimp spring roll was actually my favorite of the five sampled. I even had a few bites of my girlfriend’s mac & cheese, despite me telling her when she ordered it that I don’t like lobster (it was delicious!). It just goes to show that if something is prepared correctly and paired with the right flavors, even someone who doesn’t like seafood will rave about it at Davio’s. My spaghettini was equally good; a nice fresh sauce and the pasta was perfect. Our waiter kept our glasses full and was completely accommodating throughout our meal. Finishing it off with the warm-center chocolate cake with vanilla gelato, it was one of the most satisfying dinners I’ve had. With a bottle of wine, an appetizer, two meals, and a dessert, it was a full meal at a decent price with exceptional service and great atmosphere.

This is a grandiose, well decorated fine dining establishment. When you walk in and take in all its splendor you get a sense that tonight’s dining experience will be quite spectacular. Promptly greeted and seated for my online booked reservation. My server this evening; Katherine is extremely friendly and professional. Knows her craft and with passion paints a mental picture of each dish…
There’s not a person that walks by that doesn’t make eye contact with a smile. And even look like you have a question and the approach you offering assistance. There’s a person for everything; freshly grated Parmesan, ground Pepper, de-crumbling between courses and flatware changes… Yes tonight we feast!
First to come out of the kitchen are two scrumptious and warm house baked Popovers served alongside a dish of soft butter. If this is any indication of the cuisine here my taste buds are already starting to dance. Dare I say they are as delicious as the ones my wife bakes on special occasions?
For the soup, a Lobster Bisque… Just the right consistency with some chunks of Lobster and Micro Greens in the center for garnish.
My next course… The Braised Veal Agnolotti, Black Truffles and Parmigiano. Amazing! Rich in Flavour, nicely plated and leaves you wanting for more. Had it not been for the main dish that was coming next I’d have ordered another- Wow.
And for the main this evening… A Pan Roasted Maine Lobster done in a Lemon Tarragon Butter served over Horseradish Mashed Potatoes and Sautéed Green Beans… Another amazing dish. Not sure how they do it but each and every dish I had this evening was spectacular!
The dessert…Two handcrafted Cannolis served over fresh fruits. Not just fresh but like they were picked moments before after ripening to peak ripeness… Apples, Blueberries, Kiwi, Mango, Pineapple, Raspberries and Strawberries in a Citrus Bath…Add in my signature Cappuccino… It bears repeating… Wow!
This has been an amazing dining experience every inch of the way! Whodathunkit?! In Foxborough of all places. I will definitely be back next time business takes me to Foxborough. If you enjoy fine dining like I do, you’ll absolutely love this place!

2nd time here in a month. Both times were amazing!! We came back tonight for our anniversary, and we were not disappointed!! Katherine was our server for the evening. She was polite, witty, charming, very very pleasant. If I could request her every time I would. Atmosphere is beautiful, elegant, romantic. Sophisticated atmosphere, but not uptight or stuffy. We had the short ribs with horse radish mashed potatoes and the calamari. We were full after the calamari and had to take our entrees to go!! Food is amazing.



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New Restaurant Abbey Grill Opens in Former Church in Fall River MA

The Herald News shared the openning of the new restaurant Abbey Grill in Fall River in     beautifully restored Victorian church.   New Restaurant Abbey Grill Opens in Former Church in Fall River MA

The Abbey Grill is open in the former cloister of the Central Congregational Church. The church was built in 1875 to serve the wealthy of Fall River. It closed in 1987 when its congregation shrank to 200.

It became a cooking school and event space, but that venture ended in 2009 when the operator walked away. Rain and thieves found their way into the buildings before Lombardi bought the site from the city.

He began restoration work on the cloister, the smaller of the two buildings on the lot.

The restaurant will specialize in Italian food, serving dinners Tuesday to Thursday, 4 to 9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 4 to 9 p.m.

Take a sneak peek of the menu -you can click to enlarge


We know that Swampies  will be visiting so please make sure that you leave your reviews  on our facebook group  and that you are a Swampie at the restaurant.


100 Rock St
Fall River, Massachusetts



Siros Chef Opens New Restaurant Leandros in Easton MA

Leandros Italian Restaurant and Tavern opened  up in Easton in at the  former home of the Blackthorne Publick House in Easton this month October 2016.Siros Chef Opens New Restaurant Leandros in Easton MA
Michelle Refinski Leandro, who will manage the Italian restaurant will be running the restaurant  along with her husband who was a chef at Siros Restaurant in Marina Bay in Quincy

“It’s going to be a family restaurant,” Leandro said. “It’s different from what it was before. It has been a dream for us for such a long time. My husband has been an Italian chef for over 10 years and finally got a chance to open here.”

We wish the owners best of luck as there have been several restaurants inthe location before! Make sure you stop by and let them know you are a Swampie!


Leandro’s Italian Restaurant and Tavern, 402 Turnpike Street, South Easton, MA, 02375.

Alba Owner to Open New Restaurant Zef Cicchetti & Raw Bar in Quincy MA

Update Zef Cicchietti has opened as of  Tuesday January 10th 

The owner of Quincy Center’s  Alba Restaurant  will be opening  Italian   Venetian-influenced eatery next in November 2016.    The    owner Leo Keka  said he  will  open  Zef Cicchetti & Raw Bar at 1472 Hancock St. – It is part of the Hancock District Expansion 

Named for Keka’s father, Jozef Keka, who passed away last year in his native Albania, Zef Cicchetti & Raw Bar will offer communal dining, a raw bar, pastas made in-house each day and traditional cicchetti – or Venetian small plates.

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Cicchetti is the following…

Common cicchetti include tiny sandwiches, plates of olives or other vegetables, halved hard boiled eggs, small servings of a combination of one or more of seafood, meat and vegetable ingredients laid on top of a slice of bread or polenta,[1] and very small servings of typical full-course plates. Like Spanish tapas, one can also make a meal of cicchetti by ordering multiple plates. Normally not a part of home cooking, the cicchetti’s importance lies not just in the food itself, but also in how, when and where they are eaten: with fingers and toothpicks, usually standing up, hanging around the counter where they are displayed in numerous bars, osterie and bacari that offer them virtually all day long. Venice’s many cicchetti bars are quite active during the day, as Venetians (and tourists) typically eat cicchetti in the late morning, for lunch, or as afternoon snacks. Cicchetti are usually accompanied by a small glass of local white wine, which the locals refer to as an “ombra” (shadow).


The Albanian coast was once part of the Republic of Venice, so the two regions share a strong historic, cultural and culinary bond that will inspire Zef Cicchetti & Raw Bar.

Big culinary news unfolding today in #TheMightyQ as Alba Quincy owner Leo Keka and chef Keith Andersen unveil to staff for first time dishes expected to be on menu at neighboring Zef Cicchetti & Raw Bar when it opens later this year. Photo credit Kerry Bryne of Quincy

Keka has also hired former Legal Harborside executive chef Keith Andersen, whose family owned the former Village Steakhouse in Weymouth.

Andersen,  will serve as executive chef for Alba and develop Zef’s menu. He studied at the New England Culinary Institute and has worked in several other Boston kitchens, including Craigie on Main and Franklin Southie. Andersen also studied the cicchetti concept while living in Venice.

Here is the Swampie   buzz on Alba

Dinner Alba Quincy,
sat at bar for a drink before dinner. the bartenders we’re very friendly and attentive.Sat at a table for dinner, I had the rib-eye,
cooked perfectly my wife had the surf and turf., excellent dinner.
the server was great, the only thing was we felt rushed by the server. 5 star restaurant.

Went tAlba Quincy  Tuesday dollar oysters-delicious, then this beauty came from the seafood sampler; crab legs, lobster, little necks, and of course shrimp cocktail . Enjoyed the roof deck with excellent service!

Alba. Quincy Center. An unplanned, where should we go for a late afternoon-breakup the drive from Boston-rush hour-hey why not indulgence. Could not have been a better choice, thanks Swampies!  Wish I could remember the name of the cocktail – delicious! Jenna, our server at the bar was great and attentive, plus her colleagues. We met Leo (owner?) who was self admittedly new to FB, and introduced him to this group. He was so surprised by all of your comments and posts & I’m pretty sure he’ll be reading this today!
We enjoyed: calamari (from Leo- light, perfect, delicious just right spicy sauce!), oysters (cold and omg yum!), plus a shared dry-aged steak (Jenna helped us pick and recommended Med rare & the Alba steak sauce) and a shared lobster roll (classic buttered roll, plenty of meat and fresh tarragon). Celebrating again – big and small – we added dessert, too & bananas foster and a bread pudding were savored.
Because of you, Swampies, and the search feature – “Quincy” inside the group, we had one of the most delicious meals ever. We look forward to another visit!

Finally got to experience Alba Quincy last night with the Patriot’s Day $20.16 per entree. We arrived on the early about 4:30 and got a nice booth. It was quiet then. Prompt service and a plenty of attention through out the meal. I had the scallops, lobster and shrimp pasta dish, which was delicious in a light cream sauce and my friend had the steak, which looked great and it was she reported. Definitely a special occasion place, but when I saw that price special we went for it. The place was packed by the time we left at 6.

Just want to start by saying the service here is impeccable. The staff thinks of every little thing you need or want BEFORE you can even think of it! Started with bread and butter, nothing exciting, just meh. I got a wedge salad that was fresh and delish. Definitely home made dressing, which was a plus. My husband got the surf and turf special. He said the lobster was amazing, yet the filet seemed under seasoned. I got the pasta bolognese, wouldn’t be my choice next time. It had an odd taste to it, I just can’t put my finger on what it was. Dessert was divine! Pics below 🙂 Definitely recommend for a wine and dine night out with your loves


Where to Dine on the Plymouth WaterFront – Mamma Mia

Mamma Mia’s Italian restaurant has a location on the Plymouth Waterfront. n 1974, Pasquale “Pat” and Giovanni “John” Viscariello, brothers from Airola, Italy opened their first restaurant in Where to Dine on the Plymouth WaterFront - Mamma Miathe small town of Kingston, Massachusetts. They decided to name their restaurant “Mamma Mia’s” in honor of their Mother. Their wives, Maria “Francesca” and Eugenia “Jenny” worked beside them. Their children, Salvatore “Sam”, Antonio “Tony”, Gina, and John, grew up in the business, making pizza boxes by the hundreds until they were tall enough to reach the pizza counter. 40 years later, their Grandchildren are hand tossing pizza and learning the business. Mamma Mia’s quickly became known as “The first name in family dining”. Inspired by integrity and traditional family values. The generations continue working together serving the highest quality, authentic, Italian food. The mission today remains unchanged. Provide superior hospitality, reasonable prices, and old world Italian food with great pride and dedication. Mamma Mia’s offers homemade pizza, pasta, and more!

Waterfront dinner specials

Monday, $9.99 Dinner Specials
Tuesday, Dinner for Two
$39.95 w/ wine, $27.99 w/out wine

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Here is the Swampie buzz of the   Mamma Mia on the Waterfront .  in  Plymouth

Had lunch at a favorite, Mamma Mia’s on the Plymouth waterfront, to use a coupon that expires today and take advantage of the last day of free parking. Excellent food, luncheon portion of veal parm for me and fish and chips for DH. We both have leftovers. In fact, there was so much fish on his plate, I wondered if they had served him the dinner portion. He says their fish and chips is the best around. And the veal, what can I say? Always delicious and plentiful!

Pizza and salad at Mamma Mia’s on The Plymouth waterfront. A perfect spot for a perfect quick dinner. And leftovers, too. Love sitting at the upstairs bar. I guess lots of folks had the same idea of getting out tonight. Can attest to the crowds at Mamma Mia’s and a quick ride through town, confirmed what others were saying. Crowds at all the restaurants!

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You’re all familiar with a plate of ziti and meatballs and veal parm and salad! Those were our choices for a late lunch at Mamma Mia’s In Plymouth and good choices they were. Opted for a salad instead of pasta with the veal, but did get a taste or two of hubby’s ziti (and he had leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch). The veal was so good as was the requisite sauce! There was bread to “mop up” the extra sauce. As always, wonderful service from Lauren and a modest check of just over $30 with tax and tip with an adult beverage and an iced tea!

It was very busy but we managed to get seated right away.  My friend  started with a fruity red Sangria and I opted for a Tiramisu Martini….both were excellent. Then she  had a cup of tortellini soup while I went with my favorite minestrone….both were served nice & hot and were very tasty. Hot rolls & butter were brought out to be enjoyed with our soups…they were soft, hot and very fresh. Yum. For our main course we both chose a pasta dish. she went with baked manicotte and I had cheese ravioli with a fantastic bolognese sauce. They were both cooked perfectly and were delicious. By now we were more stuffed than our pastas had been…but we decided to share a piece of lemon-blueberry cheesecake

INCREDIBLE food! If you want Italian food done right and on the waterfrront , Mamma Mia’s is DEFINITELY a good place to go!

Amazing manicotti not to mention great view and friendly service, love it!! Best italian food I’ve had! ! Best birthday dinner ever

Hours:Sunday-Thursday 11 AM-9 PM, Friday-Saturday 11 AM-10 PM

Where to Dine on the Plymouth WaterFront – Patrizia’s Italy Trattoria

Patrizia’s is a contemporary Italian restaurant in downtown Plymouth waterfront where attentive service can be experienced in our elegant-casual dining rooms and on our terrace overlooking Plymouth Bay for a romantic, relaxing and more casual “al fresco” dining.  We consider “smart casual” appropriate. We recommend you dress to impress. Jeans are OK, but please avoid tees, sneakers, flip flops, hats, and informal wear.  Where to Dine on the Plymouth WaterFront  -  Patrizia's Italy Trattoria

Our menu offers hand-made pasta, seafood, entrees, Americans’ favorites and daily specials perfectly prepared by award winning Italian chefs in keeping with the Italian farm-to-table traditions.  Patrizia’s newly renovated bar showcases an extensive collections of Italian, American and international wines, hand-crafted drinks, domestic and European beers.

Patrizia’s is the authentic Italian dining experience. Voted the Best Italian restaurant in the South Shore by The Talk of the Town.

Make Patrizia’s your restaurant where you Eat Well Every Day!

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Here is the Swampie buzz of the    Patrizia’s Italy Trattoria.  in  Plymouth


Great food & service . They were accommodating to making changes to the menu for my children . Adult dinners were excellent . Large portions . Well cooked and served at the right temperature. Looking forward to another trip especially sitting out on the patio in the warmer weather

Where to Dine on the Plymouth WaterFront  -  Patrizia's Italy Trattoria

Dinner in Plymouth w/hubby and son at Patrizia’s. Hubby had the veal which our son finished off hubby said was to salty. I had the Ribeye, steak fries and creamed spinach, I enjoyed mine. Josh has Orecchiette w/bric and sausage which he ate all his. It’s very pricey but we all enjoyed the company was the best oh and our son said the lava cake was AWESOME

Great dinner tonight at Patrizia’s in Plymouth. I can’t tell you the names of what we had because everything was in Italian. The appetizer was a less salty version of prosciutto with golden figs and a balsamic reduction, which we shared. Dinner was a seafood stew similar to ciopinno – absolutely delicious!

Open year-around – Tuesday-Sunday – 11:30am – 10pm

After-dinner live night entertainment. Plenty of free parking available.

Novara New Italian Restaurant in East Milton Square

Novara is a  new Italian Restaurant  has opened in East Milton Square.  It was recently previewed in The Boston Herald   It looks like a great place for date night or a girls night out.  I know some Swampies will heading there soon and we look forward to the reviews!

Novara New Italian Restaurant in East Milton Square New Kids on the Block crooner Jordan Knight bets ambitious Italian eatery Novara has the right stuff to make East Milton Square a destination dining hot spot.

The Grand openning was on Thursday  January 7th
Good food, quality service – what could be better? Whether you’re looking for an intimate meal or a place to gather with friends, Novara is the place to go for the best restaurant experience on the South Shore. Chef Tony DeRienzo uses Italian influences to infuse classic dishes with a hint of worldliness, making our menus fun, yet familiar. Our stylish and inviting space in the former State Theater of East Milton Square welcomes you to a quick, casual bite at the bar or to celebrate that special anniversary dinner.

Novara is named for DeRienzo’s ancestral hometown in the Piedmont region of northern Italy. His menu features modern interpretations of pan-­regional Italian comfort food classics with local New England accents. DeRienzo, a Brockton native, studied at Johnson & Wales before working for such Boston chefs as Tony Ambrose and Lydia Shire.

Kick off dinner with Tuscan white bean soup, Sicilian tuno crudo or ground chicken saltimbocca sandwich. Mangia housemade pasta, highlighted by “Nonna’s” spaghetti and meatballs — a savory pork, veal and beef recipe straight from DeRienzo’s mother Raffaela.

Entrees include whole bronzini with lemon zest tomato cream; beef tenderloin with leek gorgonzola mashed potatoes; and classic cioppino, an Italian-American seafood stew in light tomato and saffron broth. Novara also serves thin-crust Neapolitan-style pizzas.

Novara New Italian Restaurant in East Milton Square

Novara Facebook page -sneak preview

Novara’s other star attraction is a cavernous dining room in the re-purposed former Milton Cinema, designed by Steve Todisco (best known for his work with Davio’s).

The gleaming space with bright white tiles boasts a large 50-seat Carrara marble island bar, 23-foot-high ceilings with exposed wood, steel and utilities, and a massive, 16-foot TV above the open kitchen that replicates an old movie thea­ter screen. The brick-lined patio will open when warm weather returns, offering the neighborhood’s only al fresco dining.

Swampies will be heading there soon so make sure you check back for the buzz!!



4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

556 Adams St, Milton, Massachusetts 02186


Johnny’s Macaroni in East Bridgewater Hosting a Swamp Mob

Johnny’s Macaroni will be the of location of the 6th Swamp Mob in its original East Bridgewater location .  A Swamp mob is a pre arranged dinner that Swampie mob the restaurant kind of like a cash mob.   Swampie have been hitting local restaurants to share in good food and conversations.  Calories never count at a Swamp Mob. If you are looking in join,there are a couple of seats still opened  for their Monday October 26th night but you need to RSVP.

The  original location has been serving customers for over 25 years.
We proudly offer some of the best Italian food and catering on the south shore. We are a kid friendly family restaurant serving traditional Italian food, fine Italian food, and Italian-American food.

Here is some of the Buzz on Hockomock Swamp Supper Club facebook group

My husband and I ordered the antipasto, then we each got the Italian platter (veal/chicken parm, ziti with sausage) I had a pumpktini martini. The portions were huge! The sauce was great. I’m picky too. We brought it home for 2 more meals each, maybe during the Pats game. We will definitely be going there again soon — at Johnny Macaroni’s.


Another fantastic meal at Johnny Macaroni. The Scala bread and oil and parmesan was delicious. I had salmon with lobster ravioli with a white sauce that had sun dried tomato and my son had baked scrod which he raved about. He could only eat half of his meal so he took the rest home for lunch at work the next day. Both meals were excellent. Scott the bartender is always friendly and professional. My son did a bartenders worse nightmare and told him to surprise him with a drink, “something unusual”. Scott thought for a minute and gave him something that had beer and rum in it. I’m not a big fan of either but the drink he made was really very good! I think it was called a dark and stormy? I have no reservations recommending Johnny Macaroni to anyone looking for a great meal.

Tonight I ordered the chicken florentine. I have to say, it was the best I’ve had. We also ordered bruschetta for the table. Delicious

Made it to Johnny Mac‘s 2 tonight in EB. The remodeled bar area looked very vice. We were seated & waited on pretty quickly. Everyone liked their meals, dinner & drinks plus tip came out to about $30 each. Not bad.
I got the piccata, which I would rate as ok. Not the best I’ve ever had but not bad.
I would go back but would try ordering a different dish next time.
Other reviews commented on the noise & I agree the place is noisy, so not the place for a quiet date night. But for a gathering with a few boisterous friends, it’s fine.


Dinner at Johnny Mac’s! I needn’t say more! But I will. That’s the portion of chicken and pasta you should get when ordering chicken parm!! And my pretty wife’s fettuccine Alfredo with chicken was fantastic. Our waitress Danielle, was not only super accommodating, but an absolute sweetheart.

Johnny’s Macaroni

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1300 Plymouth Street, (508) 456-4460