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Giulia Dazzles B.N. Lee, Gets 4.5 Stars

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Cambridge newcomer Giulia earns a nearly perfect score of four and half stars out of a possible five from The Improper Bostonian restaurant critic B.N. Lee. Here it is "nearly impossible to order a poorly executed dish" and "Nothing's for show. Everything has a purpose, and that purpose is to be delicious." Orecchiette cacio e pepe is "a revelation" and is one of the menu's highlights. One complaint: a ravioli filling of veal breast and sweetbreads was bland. Lee also plugs the tasting menu as "the best way to experience Giulia." [The Improper Bostonian]

Cantabrigians know that the lobster sandwiches at Louie's Alive & Kicking Lobsters are one of the best off-the-beaten-path culinary experiences in the entire Boston area, which Richard Chudy confirms in Chowder's Man Food column. "The meat is sweet, delicate, and chopped up into very rough pieces, so you know you're eating nothing but lobster in every luscious bite." [Chowder]

Mixed drinks at South End newcomer Cinquecento are "some of the most inventive and delicious cocktails we've seen in a while" says Kathrin Havrilla for DigBoston. And though the porchetta "fell a little flat," "there wasn't enough bread in the world to sop up all that delicious sauce" accompanying the Maine mussels. [DigBoston]

Besides a slight miss with some oysters and some salty sauce, Harvard magazine contributor Nell Porter Brown has nothing but praise for Bergamot in Somerville. Entree picks include the roasted chicken and local swordfish. [Harvard]

The newish Burger Dive in Somerville's Assembly square does some things right - like fries and shakes - but its namesake dish is not a hit. For the Globe's Cheap Eats column, Catherine Smart finds that the cheeseburger classic "doesn't have much flavor" and the "50/50 Bakoneater" is "like drinking the drippings from your breakfast skillet." [BG]

The maple-bacon doughnut at the new Union Square Donuts in Somerville is "plump and yeasty, and not at all greasy," says Luke Pyenson in the latest On The Cheap column for The Phoenix. The cherry-hibiscus "looked like the archetypal Simpsons donut, sans sprinkles" and the orange-ginger cream is "a total knockout" [The Phoenix]

PigTrip hones in on the burger at Oak Long Bar + Kitchen in Back Bay. It's good, but doesn't register as "complete" and "managed to leave a bad taste in my mouth thanks to the horrendous service experience both times." [PigTrip]

Giulia (Cambridge)

1682 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 441-2800 Visit Website

Cinquecento

500 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118 617 338 9500 Visit Website

Bergamot

118 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143 617-576-7700

Giulia

1682 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA

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