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Friday, March 23, 2001


The Mosquito Dines Out Porcini's 68 School Street Watertown

Lunch M-F 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Dinner starting at 5 p.m.

(617) 924-2221

Last Saturday, we dined at Porcini's in Watertown, and it felt a bit like being in Italy. Porcini's has a bustling open kitchen and there is a wonderful wood smoke aroma.

Shortly after being seated, we were served wonderful, warm, fresh bread with rosemary and a dip with garlic and white beans and olive oil. This was just the beginning of good things to follow.

To start, we decided to share a beet and goat cheese salad. This was quite a large portion, even shared. The salad had mixed field greens, goat cheese, beets, cumin spiced pecans and a roasted red pepper vinaigrette. It was a light and flavorful beginning at $8.

For an entrée, I chose Tangine of Chicken. This was two legs simmered in Moroccan herbs, lemon and cracked olives. It was served with saffron rice and green beans. It was a generous portion and had an interesting combination of flavors ($17). Alex had his traditional favorite, Osso Bucco. This was braised veal shanks with vegetables in a red wine sauce with parmesan mashed potatoes and spinach ($18). All this was accompanied by a Barbera D'Asti wine at $22. We shared a marvelous chocolate mousse pie with oreo cookie crust ($5.95) for a perfect ending.

For a relaxed atmosphere and interesting new and old Mediterranean favorites, make a reservation soon at Porcini's.

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