Welcome back everyone! Last time we discussed how finding the Best Boston Restaurant for Italian cuisine is an obstacle that we will face at some point in our lives. We covered the menu aspect and how they different between family own places and chain restaurants. This week we will look at the difference between family owned places and chain restaurants in terms of their decor. When you go to a smaller family owned restaurant you are usually in a place that feels like home. The tables are smaller and there isn’t a large amount of advertisements and specials on the tables. The menus are usually small and consist of family recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. The specials, if there are any are told to the customer by the server. There is always an aura of comfort when you step into these places and it makes for a much better dining experience. As far as the interior goes, there is usually a color palette that consists of neutral colors and the lighting is always dim.

There is no overwhelming artwork that would distract you from the actual dining experience. In my own personal experience, the environment in a family owned restaurant is much more relaxing than anything I’ve experienced in a chain restaurant. In a chain restaurant, there is usually a large amount of paraphernalia on the table. There are drink menus, dessert menus, special sheets, and too many condiments than I know what to do with. Not to mention that I usually end up in a booth and if I am on a date, I would rather be sitting at a table where I feel like I’m on a date. Also, the table never seems to be quite clean enough. There is always that mysterious layer of sticky stuff that never goes away. Another negative to eating in a chain restaurant over a Best Boston Restaurant choice is that the music is always so loud. Even if it sounds quite at first it seems to get louder. Not only that but the music selection itself never makes sense and there is such a random mixture of songs.

In a chain restaurant there is always some kind of tacky decor. I have seen everything from plastic signs on the walls to large poorly painted pictures that look anything but authentic. The colors of the walls are always too bright and make you feel rushed. The lighting is always too bright for me to enjoy my meal and the company that I am with. Well there you have it folks, another way to look at whatever place you are looking at as a possible Best Boston Restaurant. There can never be too many ways to look at what makes up these kinds of restaurants. Next week we will be looking at the wine selection and the wine knowledge of the two types of Italian restaurants that we have been discussing. Until then, explore your options and don’t be afraid to try new things.