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Limoncello in the North End

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  • Linda Aug 2, 2001 02:45 PM
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I'm a frequent "lurker" here on Chowhounds, and thought I'd drop a post about a new place (for me!) in the North End. Has anyone else tried Limoncello? I can't remember the address, as we just wandered in (and they don't have a website, at least not that I can find).

I was there on Friday, July 27th with 5 other family members - brother and his girlfriend in from CA), sister, BIL, and our mother, and we walked in without reservations at around 7:30pm.

They very nicely accommodated us within just a few minutes, explained the specials (which sounded great!), described what "limoncello" was when my brother asked (an Italian aperitif made with grain alcohol or vodka, lemon rinds, and sugar syrup - and their chef makes it himself using grain alcohol).

Wine choices were pretty good; no hard alcohol served (although our waiter offered to run across the street to get a small bottle of vodka for my mother, who drinks vodka & Sprite). I went over and bought it - I don't know if I was allowed to since they don't serve alcohol, but they let me back in!

I ended up choosing potato gnocchi with a wild mushroom sauce; BIL got the squid ink pasta with lobster, my brother's girlfriend got a flat lasagna-shaped pasta shaped into several large rosettes filled with a wonderful Italian creamy mild cheddar-like cheese called montasio and with a light limoncello sauce, and the rest got a fettucine-like pasta with lobster and a limoncello sauce that was "rosy", but not red sauce.

Everything was rather good (although my brother drowned his pasta with too much grated Parmesan, IMO!). Since the staff had asked us to change tables after we were initially seated to accommodate a larger group coming in later, we all got free glasses of limoncello - and oh my! That stuff can knock you for a loop if you drink more than a small glass!

I also got an orange sorbet served in a hollowed out orange, and a chocolate dessert was ordered and passed around - very good!

So overall, great service, very accommodating for a Friday night, and very good food. Was wondering if anyone had tried them and what you thought. It's definitely a place to keep in my "will go back" column.

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  1. If you want to buy a bottle, try Cirace in the North End