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best italian not italian-american in the Boston area?

For me my favourites are Limoncello and La Morra which I only recently tried

I realize that alot of italian places have to have stuff like chicken parm or manicotti on the menu which I love but when I dont see it on the menu its like a breath of fresh air because its almost like wasting space on the menu to me

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  1. Phantom didnt give Limoncello a great review, which I was surprised to see.
    I rarely go out for REAL italian food; growing up in a Sicilian house I have grown sick of the real stuff.
    I love places like Tuscan Grill though....................

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    1. re: LovesFoieGras

      most italians would argue that sicilian food is quite different than "italian" food. and most native italians would not recognize the food in these red sauce joints.

      1. re: hotoynoodle

        That is true, but we tend to cover everything in red sauce which is what most Americani's know as Italian. I never cared for red sauce (the food or the restaurant for that matter)I prefer my pasta made in a Northern italian style. You see a lot more Sicilian style dishes popping up more and more in "Italian" restaurants.

        1. re: LovesFoieGras

          That's because we're in the middle of the counter-reaction against the reaction (in the 1980s to mid-1990s) against "red sauce". A lot of people got sick and tired of the excesses of "northern" Italian cuisines as it rolled over precursor trends.

          1. re: Karl S

            Try growing up in a house covered in red sauce and not liking it!!!! My family would make fun of me when I was little because I like my pasta "naked"....butter and romano only :-).

    2. Some Italian (hold the -American) places I like include: Zafferano, Trattoria Toscana, Grotto, La Brace, and Via Matta.

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        I will second Trattoria Toscana. Be aware that this is a tiny place and Friday and Saturday nights are very busy. But weeknights and lunch time (including a Saturday lunch) are a good time to try this out.

      2. I like Sage, Prezza, Via Matta and Grotto.

        1. Mezzo Mare in Hull, Euno and Rabia's in the North End, and Camille's Roman Garden in Providence.

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          1. re: hiddenboston

            anyone ever try Treato? is it worth a trip?

            1. re: Dio di Romanese

              Do you mean Teatro? If so: it's infernally loud.

              1. re: Karl S

                Teatro's fine in a pinch when you need something in the area. Thay are used to moving in and out the theater crowd, their anitpasta is great and their spinach and mascarpone ravioli are fantastic. It is not, however, a destination.

                1. re: gini

                  The food is OK, but I will never subject myself or anyone I care about to the infernal level of sound in that hellhole.

                    1. re: Alcachofa

                      The time I went, it was so loud that I could not hear several friends of mine talk well, and they are hardly meek speakers. Most of us had headaches from the noise. It was that bad, and others I know have gone there have had a similar experience. Maybe they've dampened the acoustics since then, but it was singularly memorable for how bad it was.

          2. I've eaten at a couple of well known restaurants on the Italian Coast that Mare sizes up with pretty well.