The original Davio's in Boston is almost universally loved, and its owner and founder Steve DiFillippo is one of those rock-star restaurateurs in whom people seem to place a lot of faith. Let’s start with what is to be loved: those honkin' steaks. But steak isn't exactly where creativity and nuance make or break a cook. And much of Davio's menu beyond steak lacks just that -- creativity and nuance. Service can be of the condescending, pushy, jokey variety. This bald-faced selling-out wouldn’t be a problem if the core aesthetic -- to cram in as much salt, cheese, fat and crowd-pleasing sluttery -- didn’t seep into the rest of the menu. There's no heart here at all.
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