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chrisstrmn Jan 2, 2007 04:06 PM

does anybody know a good restaurant for the dollar in the Northend of Boston.

  1. MC Slim JB Jan 2, 2007 04:12 PM

    My own feeling is that most of them aren't worth the money, even though many are pretty reasonable. Some picks:

    Low end: Pizzeria Regina (it's pizza only), Antico Forno

    Mid-range: La Brace, Carmen

    High end: Prezza, Mamma Maria

    1. hiddenboston Jan 2, 2007 04:12 PM

      There are many threads on this subject, so you might want to do a search, but a few I would recommend include La Summa on Fleet Street, Antico Forno (pizza and Italian) on Salem Street, and Galleria Umberto (Sicilian pizza) on Hanover Street.

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      1. re: hiddenboston
        Bostonbob3 Jan 2, 2007 05:55 PM

        No Rabia's? I think it's very good for the money.

        Umberto's is lunch-only, of course, but one heck of a value.

        Despite some recent complaints here, I still like Antico Forno.

        1. re: Bostonbob3
          hiddenboston Jan 2, 2007 06:22 PM

          Yes, definitely Rabia's. For some reason, that one slipped my mind. Darn brain cells....

          Another good one that is inexpensive is Pagliuca's on Parmenter Street. Great lasagna, excellent pastas in general, and definitely reasonable.

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            kewpie Dec 6, 2013 09:31 PM


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          Gabatta Jan 2, 2007 04:49 PM

          Our visits to the NE have been one disapointment after another over the past few years.

          Except for Pizzeria Regina and Neptune Oyster, I am pretty much all done with the NE.

          Try Vinny's at Night or Lil Vinny's in Somerville for great Italian at an even better price.

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          1. re: Gabatta
            WineTravel Jun 11, 2007 10:24 PM

            gabatta... you took the words right out of my mouth... the only 2 reasons to go to the NE are the 2 spots you mentioned... Regina's and Neptune Oyster Bar. Nice.....

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              Formiaforever Aug 3, 2013 02:47 PM

              How is the neighborhood for Vinnys. Where is little Vinnys?

              1. re: Formiaforever
                CportJ Dec 6, 2013 12:50 PM

                Steadily improving. I'd strongly suggest you consider purchasing real estate nearby.

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                  Madrid Dec 6, 2013 02:06 PM

                  we purchased real estate near vinny's in 2002 and have seen lots of value added with a recent appraisal. The neighborhood has always been safe for us, even when we left a door open overnight or for a few hours and UPS has told us it's one of the safest for delivery. It's not suburban, it can strewn with trash (sanitation workers don't help) but it is safe and multi cultural/multi ethic and we like it. With Assembly Square developing, likely to become gentrified more.

                  Little Vinny's was some blocks away and closed some time ago.

                  I need to try Vinny's again soon. Since they got a Globe article and lots of publicity, a few years ago, seems to have taken a slide in quality and rising prices. Full bar now....interesting developments in restaurants and now Sarma is not far away! A great winter farmers market after the popular summer market, small business food entrepreneurs, Brownyn in Union Square, lots of ethnic food markets. Capone foods in Union a favorite for food shopping as well.

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              wontonton Jan 2, 2007 06:51 PM

              I just went to Cibo for the first time and thought it was pretty good, and not that expensive. I had a very good linguini with clam sauce. The only thing that wasn't so hot was the bread, but it's a minor quibble.

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                9lives Jan 2, 2007 07:09 PM

                Daily Catch is pretty reasonable for pasta/seafood dishes.

                Red sauce..Artu is a good value. Their roast lamb/eggplant sandwich is great for lunch.

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                  thegolferbitch Jan 3, 2007 12:04 PM

                  I really agree with Artu and Ernesto's on Salem has always made nice slices of pizza pretty cheaply.

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                  rizzo0904 Jan 7, 2007 01:56 PM

                  I like La Familia Giorgio and if you have a student ID you get 10% off. Good food...nothing fancy.

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                  1. re: rizzo0904
                    Bostonbob3 Jan 8, 2007 12:53 PM

                    My fav line about this place is from a friend who said, "yeah, they give you huge portions. But then you have to eat it."

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                      hotoynoodle Jan 10, 2007 07:44 PM

                      every dish starts with a pound of pasta. it's obscene.

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                        Formiaforever Aug 3, 2013 06:52 PM

                        YES I agree.... about La Familia... Im looking for REGIONAL ITALIAN..not one of the many place in the NE that is ITALIAN AMERICAN.. whats the best place for that?

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                      Grita Jan 8, 2007 08:45 PM

                      Artu on Richmond, Monica's Trattoria on Prince and Pomodoro on Hanover are all excellent and reasonably priced.

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                        seefood Jan 9, 2007 12:15 PM

                        Don't go to Pomodoro unless you don't mind being treated rudely, or worse. Read this first: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/336400

                        1. re: Grita
                          Gio Jun 12, 2007 09:47 AM

                          Actually Artu is at 6 Prince St. It's one of our very favorite North End restaurants, and I've been dining in the NE all my life.....which is a considerable length of time.

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                          fenian Jan 8, 2007 08:49 PM

                          Artu, Pizzeria Regina, Umberto Galleria

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                            Grita Jan 9, 2007 01:40 PM

                            I am very sorry you had a bad experience at Pomodoro. I have always had a wonderful time there and love the food. It is a favorite of mine. As a North End resident for several years, I have come to realize that service at most places is very inconsistent and many servers are less than polite, unless you want to pay for a big night out at Lucca, Mamma Maria or Prezza.

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                              Buddernut Jan 9, 2007 04:07 PM

                              Am I missing something about Lil Vinny's in Somerville?? I find their red sauce very jar-esque. Been to Vinny's at nite once and liked it better, but Lil Vinny's gravy/sauce is no even as good as a jar of Chateau Sauce. I generally judge an Italian restaurant by its red sauce... then the rest of the menu is "gravy". I am more partial to a toally smooth, beef flavored/based gravy.. and do understand some prefer chuncky marinara's. I just found that a bottle of tums are always needed after dining at Lil V's. Artu definitely has a very find red sauce/gravy. Drinkable by the quart without requiring an antacid chaser.

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                                MC Slim JB Jan 10, 2007 12:02 PM

                                I agree, Buddernut: Lil Vinny's food is a significant step down from Vinny's at Night, though it looks a little nicer. A very bad tradeoff.

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                                surferbettygal Jan 11, 2007 05:55 PM

                                I love Giacomo's on Hanover...Al Dente on Salem. And the bakeries are amazing! Bova's and there is another one that starts with a P on Parameter (?) Street. My husband loves Massimino's on Endicott.

                                I loved Umberto's pizza and arancini! Is Haymarket Pizza still around? They were pretty cheap like Umbertos and good!

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                                  Bostonbob3 Jan 11, 2007 05:59 PM

                                  Oh, Haymarket Pizza is still there. At least as of last night (sweet, sweet sausage pie...).

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                                  Kate Sylvester Jun 11, 2007 06:19 PM

                                  High End - Lucca, Prezza
                                  Mid level - Neptune Oyster, Tranta, Monica's
                                  Low End - Pagiluca's

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                                    mouths2feed Jun 11, 2007 08:59 PM

                                    I am still a fan of Il Panino on Parmenter Street which has been around for 20 years now and has just added an outdoor patio. Has anyone been to Marco? It has not been mentioned in this thread and I am not sure how it fares.

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                                    1. re: mouths2feed
                                      gdiego Dec 8, 2013 08:02 PM

                                      I believe Marco has closed. Not sure though.

                                      1. re: gdiego
                                        Jenny Ondioline Dec 8, 2013 09:45 PM

                                        This thread is nearly 7 years old.

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                                          treb Dec 9, 2013 12:08 AM

                                          Like Lazarus, alive again!

                                        2. re: gdiego
                                          MC Slim JB Dec 9, 2013 08:26 AM

                                          Aah, zombie threads.

                                          Marco closed a year ago. Aria Trattoria is in that location now.


                                        3. re: mouths2feed
                                          Formiaforever Jan 5, 2014 01:26 AM

                                          Il panino was good but I thought overpriced

                                        4. limster Jun 11, 2007 10:30 PM

                                          Adding to some of the suggestions here -- I really like The Daily Catch for monkfish marsala and squid ink pasta on the side. Taranta is also a good place -- there's been a few recent posts about their Peruvian-Southern Italian food.

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                                            Harp00n Jun 11, 2007 11:09 PM

                                            I agree with both of you recs, limster, But I can't believe we gotten to the last post, so far, before Taranta's mentioned, A sweet place with food and staff to match! Well at least nobody's championed Strega :-))

                                            1. re: Harp00n
                                              limster Jun 12, 2007 09:11 AM

                                              Yeah, I was assuming that there was much Taranta discussion recently, and folks just wanted to talk about other places instead.

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                                                CapeCodGuy Aug 3, 2013 04:33 PM

                                                +1 on Taranta. And no love for L'Osteria? Good value to me for Italian/American red sauce joint, especially at lunch.

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                                              libertywharf Dec 7, 2013 05:28 AM

                                              LoConte over on Salem Street.

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                                                surferbettygal Dec 7, 2013 07:43 PM

                                                High end -Prezzas
                                                Low end - Benevutos, Al Dente and al Forno

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                                                  carneyvore Dec 8, 2013 08:59 AM

                                                  L'Osteria, Artu, Limoncello

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                                                    Tucker23 Dec 9, 2013 11:34 AM

                                                    Massaminos on Endicot st is a great vlaue with great food and a wonderful staff.

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                                                      doodleQ Jan 4, 2014 08:38 PM

                                                      I'd second that! Esp. worth noting, the antipasto salad is a great lunch deal -- with prosciutto, anchovies, tuna, provolone, marinated mushrooms, artichoke hearts and more, along with basic salad greens etc. Also, the decor is fun -- colored glass lamps, table tops with painted scenes of Italy.

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