Davio’s has been operating in Boston since 1985. It moved from Newbury Street ten years ago in 2003 to Park Square where it has continued to thrive despite recent economic troubles which is impressive since most plates range from $30 – $45. I’ve always liked the oval shaped bar in the Park Square location but had not dined there in quite a while so in the spirit of ‘research’ I co-opted a friend to join me for dinner.
Davio’s hallmark is their steaks and service, but on this visit we experienced neither. We were both craving carbs, and our perpetually befuddled server, while very polite, was too overwhelmed to be of much service.
We started our meal with salads and my friend’s beet salad ($13) was so nicely plated that I was a tad envious when it was served. Unfortunately, my photos don’t do it justice so I’d direct you to The Boston Globe photo. Despite the gorgeous plating of the beet salad, I preferred my Baby Arugula Salad with shaved Parmigiano, lemon infused olive oil ($10).
Following our salads, we opted for carbs over protein. Shown below is the Mezzaluna dish ($25) that I had which was a half moon shaped ravioli-like pasta stuffed with Buratta cheese. The slightly sweet sauce was offset by the artichokes, grilled leeks and diced tomatoes. My friend ordered a half portion of the Lobster Risotto ($16). Although the photo of the risotto looks washed out the dish was creamy and rich, something I’ld enjoy when it is a bit colder.
Despite the questionable service, I’m still a fan of Davio’s even if I’m not a regular. I also know that the staff is well trained and our experience was a fluke rather than the rule. Davio’s also has locations in MA in Chestnut Hill, Lynnfield and Foxborough as well as outside New England in Philadelphia and Atlanta.
Davio’s – 75 Arlington Street, Boston - 617.617.4810