Last month, we hit the newly opened Italian(ish) restaurant, Biagio, on Moody St. in Waltham. I was curious to see what else it would bring to the table that the other high-end Italian places in the area haven’t already covered.
The big three are: Tuscan Grill, La Campania, and Il Capriccio. Where you dine usually breaks down by whether you prefer rustic Etruscan ambiance (Tuscan Grill), cozy al fresco dining (La Campania), or a booth-and-frosted-glass- partition type of experience (Il Capriccio). But, regardless of your taste in decor, you’re virtually guaranteed a great meal.
So where does Biagio fit into all of this? Space. It has lots of space if you get turned away from the others.
Biagio's great hall of a dining room with its large framed mirrors and drapes is a refreshing departure from reproductions of Italian grottos, both real and imagined. But, foodwise, it’s just not in the same league. I’m not sure it’s trying to be. Then again, that’s how it’s priced.
The tortellini Alfredo was pretty good. Service was nice. Big portions, to be sure, but I prefer smaller portions with some nuance. I wished I could have traded some of it in for a little subtlety. My cocktail, on the other hand, was a little too subtle (however, I was the one ordering the martini with neon blueberry alcohol, so really, I have no one to blame but myself).
With its roof deck and live music, I can see this being a popular spot to decompress after work. Or as the least common denominator (or is it greatest common factor?) when dining in a large group since you can’t please everybody, anyway. But, if you’re really trying to impress a certain someone who loves food (whomever that might be), then I refer you back to the second paragraph.
Biagio, 123 Moody St., Waltham, 781-891-0100