By Chelsea Mitchell-Smith

Biagio, a family-owned and family-operated restaurant, opened up in the heart of Waltham on Moody Street just three short years ago.  Both founding owners grew up in Italy and passed down the restaurant to their son Jeffrey.  Entering Biagio, you are instantly intrigued when you encounter the beautiful atmosphere and are greeted by a welcoming staff.   My first impression was of a sense of grandeur and a mix of Mediterranean colors.  Biagio is a three-story restaurant that blends a family dining environment, sleek lounge area, bar, and outdoor patio.  The restaurant caters to large parties or dinner for two.  At full capacity, Biagio can hold 280 and is ideal for any event or function. 
The first floor exposes brick walls and high vaulted ceilings that are perfect for a romantic dinner. The cherry wood bar is complete with a flat-screen TV, for a more casual dining experience.  The lounge is located at the top of the spiral staircase. It has lavish red couches along the walls and candles lit along the granite bar; it is the ideal place for a night of socializing, dancing, and cocktails. The Plush Lounge leads to the outdoor patio, where you can enjoy one of Biagio’s specialty drinks such as the Biagio Mojito, made with an array of fruits from Sicily.

Jeffrey, the owner, reviewed the menu and discussed Biagio’s most popular dishes.  He suggested starting off with the Sicilian meatballs or “Nana’s meatballs,” as they are known to him.  The recipe was his mother’s!  Another popular appetizer is the Eggplant Braccidettini, made with thinly sliced eggplant and ricotta cheese and covered in a succulent tomato sauce.  For dinner, if you’re looking for a dish that is “presented as fine cuisine but, once you bite into it, is comfort food,” Jeffrey suggested the Orchiette Italiano: a pasta dish with sweet Italian sausage and grilled chicken in a rich pink vodka sauce.  Another one of “Nana’s” recipes is featured here, the tradition spaghetti and meat balls.  Not the pasta type?  Try the Veal Osso Bucco for a more hearty meal full of flavor.  Curious who is creating these first class dinners in Biagio’s kitchen? It’s the executive chef from Mamma Mia in the North End! 

We know you can’t resist top-of-the line service and great food.  Not only is Biagio’s a place for those who live life in the fast lane, but it permits you to experience a sexy night out without leaving the suburbs. 

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