Setting out on a cold, rainy Sunday in March, my fiancée and I went searching for an intimate, romantic Italian dining experience. Our quest led us to a subterranean dining spot in the back end of Beacon Hill known as Grotto.
We arrived around 6:00 in the evening, without a reservation. Luckily, it was not an issue and we were seated promptly. Being in a partial underground setting, the dining space is rather dark and somewhat cramped for our taste (on a busier night, I could see the lack of space being a real problem, but not so much when we dined there). At the same time, the brick walls, deep red color of the ceiling and highlights, the large wine display on the far wall and the small chandeliers give it a very romantic feel- something reminiscent to an underground wine cave. That feel added to the intimacy of the experience.
Our server was very nice and helpful with our questions. Service, though,
was somewhat slow - especially considering that it wasn't overly busy
during our visit.
A big plus of Grotto is the value of their 3 course prix fixe menu
for $36. My choice for appetizer was the fondue and it was excellent.
Perfectly prepared beef tenderloin and tender Portobello mushroom strips,
mixed with aged balsamic and Truffle oil, were the dippers - and the
creamy, melted Fontina cheese perfectly complimented them. My fiancée
loved her appetizer - an amazing salad consisting of arugula and tasty
prosciutto, topped with liberal amounts of Reggiano cheese and mixed
with a zesty lemon vinaigrette dressing.
Grotto is an intimate dining experience that gives great value (for
Boston) for well prepared Italian food. Recommended.