Here are some excerpts from recent Dining Out reviews by Globe West correspondents. Full reviews appear in the Sunday edition.
Ristorante Marcellino11 Cooper St., Waltham, 781-647-5458We got off to a great start with the Cozza Al Vapore, otherwise known as steamed mussels with garlic, extra virgin olive oil, fresh parsley, cherry tomatoes, and cracked black pepper ($9.95). More lackluster was the mozzarella caprese mozzarella cheese, ripened tomatoes, olive oil, and basil. A particular standout among the entrees was the costoletta d'agnello, wood grilled rack of lamb drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and served over mashed potatoes and vegetable greens ($24.95), as was a similar dish, the Coteletta Di Vitello, grilled veal chop also drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and served with mashed potatoes and vegetable greens ($26.95). The roasted duck with marinated spinach and mushroom risotto ($26.95) didn't have a lot of flavor. We liked the hard texture of the tiramisu as opposed to the often espresso-drenched spongecake version. A nice contrast was the limone ripieno, lemon sorbet served inside a lemon with whipped cream (both $5.95).
Welcome Fine Indian Cuisine770 Worcester Road, Framingham, 508-370-9977 Begin the meal with the Nariyal soup ($2.75), a creamy shredded coconut milk soup with nuts and flavored Indian cardamom. For those who can't pass up traditional fried Indian appetizers, try the Meat Samosas ($3.50). The lightly breaded turnovers are stuffed with sizzling minced lamb, peas, and Indian spices.
This Indian eatery delivers other staples, like Chicken Tikka Masala ($10.50) and Mango Lassi ($2.50), right on target. But the cooks also excel with some of their specials, including the Tandoori Mint Chicken and Fish Do Piazza.
Welcome Fine Indian Cuisine offers an enticing naan bread basket ($6.95) with a medley of unleavened breads stuffed with spinach, cheese, and potatoes.
Clara's Seafood Restaurant18 Rear East Central St., Franklin, 508-528-6740At Clara's, it's all about seafood. The menu is large, and most entrees are straightforward preparations of fresh fish. Steamers ($10.95) were small, sweet, and served hot. Baked clams casino ($7.95) had a light, lemony filling garnished with bacon. Homemade clam chowder ($3.95/cup) was not as creamy as I like but had good flavor.
Fried sea scallops ($14.95) were lightly battered and sweet. Salmon piccata ($15.95) featured an excellent char-broiled salmon filet set atop pasta in far too much butter. Fried clams (market priced at $16.95) were a little breadier than we like, but the flavor was good. Seafood saute ($16.95) included a generous variety of seafood in a light red sauce over linguine, but I was disappointed to find bay scallops instead of sea scallops.