Gold Plate award from Billy Costa, NECN “TV Diner”

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Making its home in The Four Points by Sheraton Norwood Hotel and Conference Center in Norwood, Massachusetts, One Bistro succeeds in being both a relaxing and sophisticated room, with its open kitchen, subdued lighting, refined furnishings and urbane feel. No ordinary hotel restaurant, this upscale eatery is getting a lot of fanfare for its fare…so how did we weigh in?

We begin with a bowl of rich onion soup. This potage of caramelized onions, veal stock, sherry and a Swiss/mozzarella mix was simply sublime. On to a salad, featuring arugula, endive, radicchio, golden beets and creamy orbs of fresh goat cheese. Light, yet substantial and oh so good.

The veal Osco Bucco was not quite as falling-off-the bone tender as we would have liked, but we were impressed with the inspired pairing of baby squash and pappardelle pasta as sides for the deeply seared and simmered shanks. The Bistro Bavette was an amazing union of flank steak draped in cognac cream sauce over incredible wild mushroom ravioli. Bravo to One Bistro for this signature dish.

A warm folded chocolate crepe topped with chocolate gelato and rum raisin crème anglaise was nicely done, but the sweet star was the warm gingerbread with flambé apples in applejack sauce served with vanilla ice cream. This large square of spicy goodness deserved a round of applause.

The staff is welcoming, efficient and knowledgeable at One Bistro and value is quite high with appetizers from $4.50 to $12; entrees running the range from a $10 burger to a $42 stuffed lobster and desserts averaging $6. For its elegant atmosphere, appealing menu, skilled chefs and excellent service, One Bistro will take the Gold Plate.

Billy Costa and the TV Diner can be seen Saturdays on NECN from 10:00 am – 11:00am, Sundays from 8:00pm – 9:00pm and weekdays from 3:30pm – 4:00 pm.

Customer Reviews from

“We love this restaurant. The fish is cooked exquisitely. The menu choices are varied & fit many dining styles. This is our fourth time there! Although there are neighboring restaurants, we always return to One Bistro. Excellent service, friendly personnel, great food!”

“I never anticipated this place being such a great restaurant. The staff was helpful and friendly. The menu was incredible. The food was delicious. The fried calamari was excellent along with the rest of the meal. Everything was perfect. The bar is nice although somewhat small. I highly recommend this place. Great atmosphere too!”

“Always delicious. Love their pizza.”

“Fabulous dining experience last Saturday night. Kudos to our server who made the evening even more pleasant.”

“Fit For Foodies, Good For Groups, Great For Brunch, Great For Outdoor Dining, Kid-Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great For Lunch.”

“Awesome experience. The food and service were excellent – as usual. The ambiance is also great – warm and inviting. Great special occasion spot, but I’ll be returning for lunch/dinner.”

“It’s a great place – the food is superb, the wait staff very attentive, plus a good selection of beer, and outstanding desserts (the “Heavenly Creation” is devilishly good!) It’s certainly not a restaurant you’d expect to find in a hotel lobby along Route 1!”

“We dine at your restaurant once/month for past six years. Great place – we’ve recommended it to others, who have thanked us for the tip. Keep up the great dining experience.”

“Calamari appetizer is the best around. Specials that night were fantastic.”

“The food was outstanding. The service staff is extremely friendly. If you are looking for a leisurely dinner spot, this is the place.”

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