Help me, Italian aficianodos!
I just returned from an amazing trip to Rome & Tuscany and for my boyfriend's birthday (in two weeks) I'd love to try and replicate our dining experiences. Any suggestions about truly legit and delicious places for Italian? We both loved Sorellina but would be just as happy with something more low-key if it's amazing. Extra points if you can tell me where to find a killer Amatriciana.
I haven't had it there, but L'Osteria on Salem Street has Amatriciana on their menu. Their other entrees are excellent, so chances are it's pretty good, too.
It's really up to you im mean your top five favourite italians eateries are most likley going to be completly different from most of the people on here
My suggestion go to the north end website check out the menus and see what fits you. Then ask opinions or read reviews and check it out for yourself
I had the same problem two seasons ago and quite frankly, NOTHING would really duplicate the experience. But I think Via Matta comes close with some of their dishes--I've enjoyed pastas, wild boar with polenta, and oh, those fried mushrooms. I also quite like La Morra, though others on the board may disagree. Again, I would focus on the ciccheti, salads, antipasti. Love their pastas and their contorni are quite good. These two restaurants are at the top of my list.
Bricco was my hands down favorite for pasta and reminding me of Italy (but stupid expensive)--and this was all before Marisa left (though I heard she's back in town?) Do not bother going there now.
I wasn't wowed by Trattoria Toscana's pasta courses, but quite liked their salads, soups, antipasti.
Carmen in the North End does a nice job, though I've only been a couple of times.
Marco for their fritto misto. Salads missed the mark, IMHO. Pastas were nice, but rather simple. Never made it to entrees (see a pattern here?)
Vinny's at Night is Italian-American, not what you are after.
I've had Zafferano's on my to-try list for a while now, probably a couple of others that I am forgetting right now.
re: MB fka MB
Zafferano's in East Boston is the best Italian I've had outside of Italy. By far. A group of 4 of us shared 2 appetizers: mussels that melted in your mouth, calamari very tender. We sopped up the juices with the fresh (and warm) bread. We each had different entrees:
regular ravioli (for the timid eater), freshly made pasta & nicely filled with a tangy red sauce
steak- amazing & not a bite left
risotto with seafood- wow
If you don't go in 2 weeks, plan another time- it's FABULOUS!