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Good Italian places in Brookline, Brighton, Allston

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I've tried La Morra in Brookline Village and Firenze in Collidge Corner. Both are pretty good, but I'd like to try out a bunch of different places. I've heard good things about Tartufo in Newton Center so I plan on trying that as well.

I'm a culinary student finishing up my last semester, and I really want to learn Italian. My plan is to try a bunch of places in the area and see how they are, and hopefully land a job in September after I come back from vacation in Spain.

Not really looking for too upscale, just places that are moderately priced (15-25 entrees) with simple, good food.

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  1. A little outside your geographical parameters, but please check out Trattoria Toscanao in Fenway if you haven't. Spot-on Tuscan cooking, rustic and real, some of their Tuscan dishes are essentially like what I've had in Tuscany.

    1. Carlo's Cucina on Brighton Avenue has very reasonably priced, somewhat more old-fashioned pastas and entrees. Nothing fancy, but very flavorful.

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      1. re: GaryK

        Love Carlos. Great chow at reasonable prices. Yum.

      2. Thanks everyone. I plan on trying all three of your recommendations.

        1. Dude,

          Trattoria Toscana is the most authentic Tuscan dining experience I've had in this country. The chef does pasta like you're only supposed to be able to do in Italy with local ingredients. As a culinary student, sop it up. I do every week. If you need help zeroing in on a bowl of pasta, look very closely at the carratierra.

          1. Carlos' Cucina! Awesome pastas. My italian american parents from Brooklyn NY love that place.