The Other Critics

Lucca’s Mazzotta a ‘Talent to Watch"; Bistro du Midi Gets a Twofer

• Mat Schaffer gives the Back Bay Lucca a B-. He praises chef Anthony Mazzotta as “one to watch,” but notes that “it’s when Mazzotta strays away from…simplicity, which is at the heart of the very best Italian cooking, that his food falters.” [Herald]

• Devra First bestows three stars on Bistro du Midi, “a Restaurant with a capital R. None of that upscale pub grub that’s been going around. No waiters who want to be your pal. Just classic food and well-mannered service, all in good taste. It’s been fun eating mac ’n’ cheese and sliders, but being guided through the wine opus (it’s too long to call a list) by the sommelier and cosseted by the waiters, one remembers: The old rituals of dining can be awfully nice. It’s a pleasure to go to the rare new restaurant that adheres to them.” [Globe]

• Robert Nadeau isn’t quite as impressed with Bistro du Midi, giving it only two stars. “Bistro du Midi purports to serve “authentic Provençal” cuisine, but Midi actually refers to all of southern France. So right off the bat there’s a bit of confusion with this upscale bistro’s menu, and it only unravels from there.” [Phoenix]

• Cheap Eats ventures to Quincy to try out Bistro Chi and Kama, where the side-by-side combination of upscale Chinese food and American tapas works rather well. [Globe]

• MC Slim JB stops by Zaps: “it’s not hard to see how it appeals to students, nostalgic Polish ex-pats, and folks looking for a way to soak up an evening’s worth of drinking. Zaps shows how the earnest efforts of entrepreneurial immigrants to recreate a beloved traditional food, however simple, can yield surprisingly good results.” [Phoenix]

Lucca’s Mazzotta a ‘Talent to Watch"; Bistro du Midi Gets a Twofer