Medford is a bit of an odd place; it is a fairly large city (about 50,000 people) and has a close-knit, urban feel to it, but it has no bars or pubs, and not a whole lot of restaurants. The restaurants that are here, however, are often very good. So what are my favorites? Well, I can think of two right off the bat: Avellino's on Mystic Street and Giuseppi's Kitchen on Boston Avenue, though the latter is sometimes a bit inconsistent. Avellino's is the place to go if you like sandwiches. They have excellent steak tip subs, from what several people tell me. I really like the pizza there, too.
Some others that come to mind are La Cascia's Bakery in South Medford, which makes Sicilian-style pizza, and Bocelli's
, which is right up the street from La Cascia's. Bocelli's has amazing pizza, as well as great pastas and veal. And the basement room is like something right out of a scene in Brooklyn.
One other place I went to recently that I liked a lot was Il Faro
, which is located in Medford Center. Il Faro is a bit more upscale than most other restaurants in Medford, but the prices are pretty reasonable. It is a great place to take a date or to go to with a group of friends or family members.
I guess in retrospect, Medford does have its fair share of good restaurants. I just wish they has a comfy pub to go to so I could watch the Sox over a beer or two after having some good Italian food in one of the aforementioned places.