Thursday, July 3, 2008


The discreet street level sign that marks the spot of the hidden treasure beneath.

The only thing marking the spot for this subterranean eatery is the small sign above, making it a true hidden gem despite all the great press.

With small, black lacquer tables, creamy leather high back seats and marble floors it is both intimate and upscale. The food centric focus is sharply Mediterranean with a new flair. Take for example the bread served with a plate of olive oil, olives and a bit of grapefruit pulp. Very refreshing and different, almost summery and bright. And the wine list..........extensive, with loads of choices by the glass, carafe or bottle.

We visited for lunch recently and there were four pasta specials, all under ten dollars. The feta/watermelon amuse bouche we played with recently was even on the menu albeit in larger form, more an appetizer, and without the aged balsamic. Our veal marsala was very tender veal and perfect pasta, the sauce neither too salty nor heavy and with just a hint of wine as it should be. Nice to have a chic place offering something actually affordable AND well done.

The grilled octopus at Vlora.

This is a great place for a business lunch as it goes upscale as needed, a quick mid day break from shopping days, as it goes affordable and quick. So, whether you have thirty minutes or three hours, a few bucks or an unlimited expense account this should be fine for everyone.

545 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

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