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Lasagna in the North End?

My mom's birthday is coming up and she would like to go out for Italian. I don't think she has ever been to the North End despite living 15 mins away her whole life. Anyway, I thought it might be nice to take her in and grab dinner. She likes very basic red sauce type dishes (veal parm, chicken parm, lasagna), so no Bricco, Sage, Mama Maria's...it would be lost on her and she would just complain that I'm spending too much.

Any suggestions for good, casual, red sauce joints? Lasagna would be a plus since she has mentioned it as would manicotti, stuffed shells, ravioli...you get the idea. Antico Forno maybe?

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  1. I like Mother Anna's for classic red sauce. I also like Antico Forno, but I'd confirm there is lasagna on the menu--I don't remember seeing it, but that doesn't mean it's not there!

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    1. re: cmd

      I eat at Antico Forno quite a bit, and don't remember seeing lasagne on the menu. That's not to say they don't have it as an occasional special. I'd call first though.

    2. My favorite place for exactly what you want is La Summa, on Fleet St., just a block off of Hanover. They make their own pasta, the red sauce is very tasty (not overly sweet like some), the portions are nice sized, and the prices very reasonable. The other nice thing is that they take reservations.

      1. I bet you'd both love Il Panino (The Trattoria, not the "Express"). They definitely serve lasagne, as well as other well-prepared Italian classics.

        1. I'm a big fan of Dom's on Salem street. I'd put Dom's in between a typical red sauce joint but below the upper scale places which you mentioned. I know you specifically mentioned lasgna but Dom's has a wonderful dish called Girello, fresh pasta layered with seasoned ricotta, spinach and fresh prosciutto cotta then rolled up. The slices of this roll are then baked and topped with a creamy tomato bechamel sauce. They also have the other usual suspects that you mentioned.

          I don't see too much about Doms on this board, but I have a soft spot for it. It's also nice that one of the owners Dom or Mauricio will usually sit down with you to explain the menu, make reccomenations, or answer any questions. I'd say it's pretty moderately priced as well.

          I'd also give a nod to Antico Forno and Il Pannino trattoria. Unfortunately I wouldn't reccomend Mother Annas, I've been dissapointed there too many times.

          1. for a great lasagna in the north end i would go to Lucia's on hanover street.
            they really make a great lasagna i have had it several times and it is awsome!!

            enjoy the day with your mom at lucia's!
            also enjoy the Lasagna!!
            Frankie Imbergamo