Traditional, old school Italian in North End
I recently moved out of the North End after twenty years there... definitely agree about L'Osteria, my favorite red-sauce comfort food place. IMO, the edge over the others mentioned, except for Antico Forno's pizza.
Particularly love L'Osteria's house salad dressing, antipasto, and the veal agrodolce, which I never saw anywhere else in the neighborhood.
If you want fresh sauce to take home, go to Monica's Mercato, on Salem St. just off the corner w/Prince. Truly outstanding red sauce. Until they stopped bottling it, my brothers in the midwest were always begging me to ship some out. (for some reason they now only sell it in plastic containers.)
Marcuccio's at the end of Endicott St. near the Charlestown Bridge is also very good, but don't pick a night when there's anything on at the Fleet Center, or whatever it's called now.
La Familigia - went once. Given all the other options in the N. End, I will never go back.
My pick is La Summa on Fleet St. They take reservations, which makes it easy to dine there. Also, the food is wonderful. They make their own pasta in house, and any of the dishes with the homemade pasta are wonderful. My favorite is the Pappardelle with Eggplant.
They also have other southern Italian comfort food like Arancini, Chicken Parm, stuffed artichokes, etc.
Definitely Mother Anna's. Also, I agree with frankie about Pagliuca's, L'Osteria, and Cantina Italiana.
I also like Al Dente on Salem Street (excellent red sauce) and Antico Forno, also on Salem Street (outstanding brick-oven pizza). And a friend of mine swears by Ida's on Hanover Street.
I think my #1 pick would be Mother Anna's for old-school Italian, though. The Chicken Creation there is amazing!
H\\i think the best old italian style and traditional food
in the North end where the locals go like myself growing up in the north end are--L"osteria on salem st. is my favorite--then the others that the locals go to are Pagluca;s, Lasumma, ricardo's, the italian cantina, Joe tecces and MOther Annas.
ii also would recommend Giacomo's on hanover st.