Tony's in East Boston --anyone?
i've been to tony's a couple of times. for the experience, it is a must-go, but the food isn't really THAT great. the "gravy" is a little sweet and bland for my taste, but the overall food experience is a good one.
tony's widow runs the shop. when she gets overwhelmed, she calls up tony's ex-wife from the beauty parlor down the street and the two-team it. the place is a true time warp, with a the most amazing linoleum floor EVER.
the food really is whatever the owner decided to make that day. there's always a pasta and some meat. you get your own sodas out of the machine and there's a jug of wine on the table; you crack the seal, you buy the bottle.
I've heard of it -- a friend ran across them soon after she moved to Eastie. I've never managed to actually make it there, as the hours seem kind of haphazard; I know they close early saturday evenings so the owner can get up early for church. SOunds like lunch may be the best bet. Under the radar is right! I'm glad you posted about it -- I keep forgetting about them. I'll report back if I ever make it there when they're open.