Restaurant Reviews

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Dining Out: Sportello

Barbara Lynch brings her brand of Italian to a stylish lunch counter in Fort Point Channel. (Butter-phobes, beware.)

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Dining Out: Bina Osteria

Pristine ingredients and solid technique keep this dazzling new Italian eatery anchored, even when showy flourishes miss the mark. (And seriously, you’ve got to try the gnocchi.)

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Dining Out: Craigie on Main

There’s a reason foodies are flocking to Tony Maws’s sprawling new digs in Central Square: The exquisite locavore grub is guaranteed to fascinate, even when it wanders too far afield.

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Dining Out: Erbaluce

Long-lost culinary vet Charles Draghi returns to the scene with a poetic homage to high-art northern Italian. But it’s not for the timid of palate.

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Dining Out: L’Espalier

In its flashy new digs, Frank McClelland’s gastro-luxe flagship has lots of room for improvement; cheese cart still matchless.

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Dining Out: The Marliave

A Boston classic gets a new lease on life with a dramatic overhaul that might be a bit too ambitious for its own good.

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Spanish Ayes

Tradition reigns at Estragon, Julio de Haro’s new temple to classic tapas. But for adventurous palates, the unusual dishes are head-and-cheeks above the rest.

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The South Rises Again

Cambridge’s Hungry Mother serves up terrific fixin’s from below the Mason-Dixon. Just don’t expect pulled pork or fried chicken.

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Hits and Myths

Much like its namesake, Fort Point’s Persephone brings new life to a once barren landscape. But an uneven menu and frenzied vibe threaten to abbreviate its season in the sun.

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A Mishmashing Success

With its swirling décor, swankified vibe, and overwrought fusion menu, Banq has foodie nightmare written all over it. Funny thing, though: It works.

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Frill Factor

With Da Vinci, an acclaimed Waltham chef brings his act to the big city, with warm welcomes, attention to detail…and food that can’t quite shake its suburban feel.

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Dining Out: Mammano Mia!

With L’Andana, a Boston culinary ace offers real-deal Italian flavor that raises the bar for suburban dining—and gives city-dwellers a reason to get out of town.

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Dining Out: Ooh La Voile

The authentic French fare at the new import on Newbury Street is the ingredient that’s been missing from Boston’s brasserie boomlet.

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Dining Out: Losing Something in the Translation

Toscano’s new owners have reinvented it as a clubby Beacon Hill magnet for the power set. Too bad some of its trademark authentic Italian flavors didn’t make the cut.

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Dining Out: Chinese Breakout

New South End arrival Myers + Chang is a work in progress, but its remix of classic Asian fare is compelling enough to keep diners coming back for more.