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Good nad cheap Italian (T accessible)

My mother is in town for a long weekend, and she likes to eat Italian food, but is rather frugal (i.e., if all the entrees are over $20 she will freak out.) She likes Maggiano's, but since they have those back home, I would prefer to take her to a local restaurant that's T accessible, ideally one with homemade pasta. Any ideas on where to go that serves a good linguine with clams (her favorite) and gnocchi (my fav)?

All suggestions are are appreciated!

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  1. I really like the pasta dishes with seafood at Giacomo's. The prices there are reasonable, the portions quite big and the South End location takes reservations!

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    1. re: lissy

      Hmm. Really? Are you sure the s/e Giacomo's takes reservations? I didn't think they did, at least not for smaller parties, which is why there is almost always a wait.

      1. re: twentyoystahs

        Yes, I have always been able to make a reservation at the South End Giacomo's. That doesn't mean that they always seat you on time, but it is better than waiting without a reservation.

        Citysearch also says they take reservations.

        http://boston.citysearch.com/profile/...

    2. Antico Forno on Salem St. in the Northend has a wide variety of reasonably priced items, including the 2 items you mentioned. http://www.anticofornoboston.com/

      1. How about Trattoria Il Panino just off Hanover Street? I know they're not the best in the N. End, but I happen to be addicted to their gnocchi. They have an extensive menu of dishes with pasta, including the required linguine with clams.

        There are a couple of items over $20, but nearly everything else is below. Quality is generally very good, and the portions are possible to be eaten by one person. If the gargantuan Maggiano's-sized portions are a requirement then it won't work.

        For someone visiting, the history aspect is also a bonus (they bill themselves as the first trattoria in the U.S.).

        1. Trattoria Toscana is a 10-minute walk from the Kenmore T stop, practically next to a #55 bus stop. Best Italian bang for the buck in town, in my book.

          1. Well, L'Osteria in the north end is pretty cheap, or there's always Vinny's at Night in east somerville near Sullivan Station.