Sometimes a chain doesnt feel like a chain. For college professors, students cramming for exams, and road warriors marooned in the hotels of Route 128, the Wellesley outpost of the popular Papa Razzi chain is a gustatory godsend. After other bistros in town have gone dark, spaghetti alla Bolognese is still being served. Dining hours were extended a year ago because people were coming in at 10:30 and we didnt want to make them feel rushed, says Charles Sarkis Jr., a vice president of parent company Back Bay Restaurant Group. The swank granite bar with Peroni on draft is a slice of Newbury Street in suburbia.
> Kitchen closes at midnight Friday and Saturday, 11:30 p.m. the rest of the week
> Papa Razzi, 16 Washington Street, Wellesley, 781-235-4747, paparazzitrattoria.com