Foodie blog Eater quotes writer Brooks of Sheffield of Lost City on La Traviata on Montague Street, reviewed as part of the Who goes there? series of posts about unprepossessing establishments that have managed to survive for many years (in Traviata’s instance, thirty three). Brooks had this to say:
The menu at La Traviata is extensive. All the usual staples. You won’t get anybody to rave about the quality; people say things like “edible” and “meh”; the woman who exited as I entered called the food “average,” even if her son’s eyes went wide at the mere thought of the spaghetti and meatballs. Yet, despite the lackluster testimonials, the joint does a boffo takeout biz (there used to be a branch on Joralemon devoted to takeaway), and the tables on a recent weekday evening were nearly all full. The exceptionally low prices (entrees hover between $8 and $15) and big portions are an obvious attraction.
He (I’m guessing Brooks is a guy; please correct me if I’m wrong) also noted that most diners were “obvious repeat customers” who seemed “quietly thankful for the restaurant’s utter informality and unrushed atmosphere.”