There is a degree of expectation associated with any off the beaten path restaurant that has recently been dubbed a 'gem' by a prominent food reviewer.
A friend and I followed this sense of expectation with enthusiasm on our way to Trattoria Toscano in Fenway. It was reported to be a 29 seat restaurant, vivaciously reminiscent of Tuscany with the feeling of being in the chef's back garden. You can imagine my degree of excitement!
All was well upon arrival, the place was quaint and small, with an authentic and rustic feeling atmosphere. First impression = strong.
Moving on we got their home-made pasta and their porcini risotto. These dishes rated much better than the previous two. The pasta was cooked to perfection and the sauce, a sundried tomato with pancetta was spiced just right. Their risotto reminded me of the risotto I had in San Sebastian being lighter than usual which is refreshing. I would personally have preferred a bit more thickness to the sauce...but I won't complain too much about that.