Dino’s – #137 on the Tour

The Bar:  Dino’s Ristorante Italiano

The Address 13 Lord Street

The Day and the Time Friday at 8:30

The price 6.70 (I hate weird drink prices, I miss the age of cash when drinks were priced to be easily divided by the money you had in your wallet and not a random association of numbers that mean nothing because you put everything on a credit card)

Did they ask me if I wanted a lime He just put it in

What was the type of gin It was well

What was the gin and tonic like It was light watery. It was alright, nothing special.

The Joint This is one of the perennial places of Worcester. Its on a dead end road off a Plantation. It has been around since the Mesozoic Era. The place is big, though the bottom floor was not opened this evening. A couple were having their food at the bar, and an older guy, who works there was also at the bar intently watching the Sox game. The decor is large chunky furniture. They have an old mural of the Italian coast on the wall.The food I saw looked good, and the portions were ample. Some people at the tables were well dressed and others were shorts and tees. The place feels like the Italian joint you go to because your great aunt likes it, though she will be annoyed the portions aren’t as good as they used to be.

General Impressions Why do couples eat at the bar instead of a table? In the case of my barmates, its because the guy in the relationship wanted to keep on watching the baseball game. So it’s win-win, she gets a nice pasta and seafood dish and he gets to watch a rare win by his team. I guess that’s one reason to have a bar in a restaurant. The older man who worked at the place, sitting at the bar, and another older employee talked about the lousy Sox team. They were annoyed that the team was doing well, because it was messing up their Rotisserie league. The bar did not have a lot of liquor, it seemed that the patrons drank wine and beer. The bar was an eight seater and it was fun to sit and watch all the people eat their meals. Its not the worst place to watch a game, but this is a place where you here for the food, not for the bar elan.

Amount of Time in the Joint 15 minutes

Will I come back I don’t think so. Maybe if I need a middle of the road Italian joint, I have heard conflicting opinion on the food. The nostalgia factor of a real old school Italian place is fun, but there are so many other options in town. Nothing is around the place, its a real destination eating place, but its a destination you might not want.

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