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Good Italian for under $18/entree?

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Hi All,

Any suggestions for decent Italian for under $18/entree? Trying to coordinate a group dinner with some folks who are v price-conscious. We'd prefer Back Bay or South End but could do North End. Thanks!

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  1. OK, so it's totally not in the area you asked for, but you might consider Carlo's Cucina in Allston. It's right in your price range, the most expensive thing on the menu is $18.95.


    If you do a search for it on the board, you'll find some reviews.

    1. There is Giacomo's in the South End for reasonably priced Italian. The south end location also takes reservations.

      1. Carlo's is definitely a good call. Another place is Antico Forno in the North End. Excellent pizza, pasta, eggplant, etc. can be gotten here, with prices mostly between $10 and $15.

        1. Trattoria Toscana
          (617) 247-9508
          130 Jersey St
          Boston, MA 02215

          Located in Fenway, an excellently valued menu. Rather small room though - you might want to call and reserve a table for a group.

          1. In the Fenway at 130 Jersey St. is Trattoria Toscana w/wonderful, authentic Tuscan dishes. This is a pleasant, small storefront place. Call ahead to make a reservation.

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            1. re: Taralli

              Check out the Artu menu (link below). There are two locations, at Prince St. (North End) and Charles St. (Beacon Hill), both of which should be able to accommodate your group just fine. The entrees are all right around your price range; only three or four items over $18. Others should weigh in on the pasta dishes, but I've had some really tasty lamb and sausage dishes there...


            2. I like Antonio's on Cambridge Street in Beacon Hill - the pork chops and vinegar peppers are solid as is the gnocchi al forno.

              1. I second the rec for Artu's - pretty good for that price range. I've never eaten at the Beacon Hill location, but just recently visited the NE spot for the first time in years and found it to be much the same if not a bit better. They've re-done the inside, but the set up and the menu is much the same. I had the chicken fusilli pasta with white wine, garlic and broc rape, friends had meat raviolli and chicken parm with eggplant. Both chicken dishes were really good and the ravioli was ok - we found it a bit weird to describe the ravioli as "meat" ravioli with no other description and probably affected our judgment.

                1. Carlos' is so AWESOME! Giacomo's is also amazing (get the Giacomo Sauce). And I totally agree with lizzy - for the North End is not big enough to accomodate large groups.