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good Italian outside of the North End

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Have to recommend the following Italian restaurants for value & quality:

Joe & Maria's in Norwood

Abbondonza II in Norwood

Canesteros on Peterborough St. in the Fenway

Basil's on Frairy in Medfield

Pippinelles in Franklin

Campanelli's in Braintree

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  1. I'd add Carlo's Cucina in Allston.

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    1. re: tamerlanenj

      Trattoria Toscana!

    2. Grotto on Beacon Hill.
      La Campania in Waltham.
      Trattoria Toscana in the Fenway and Carlo's (both worth repeating).
      Zafferano and Carmen's Kitchen in Eastie.
      Vinny's at Night near Sullivan Square.
      The Grapevine in Salem, MA.
      Paolo's Trattoria in Charlestown.
      Saporito's in Hull.
      Teatro on Boston Common.

      1. To the great lists above, I'd add La Morra in Brookline; mostly Northern Italian -- Tuscan, Piedmontese.

        1. Il Capriccio in Waltham. Not cheap, but excellent.

          1. Also see the current thread on Pulcinella.

            1. Pippinelle's in Franklin has gone out of business.

              1. West of Boston, Campania at 504 Main Street is the best.

                1. Vela in Wellesley

                  1. Here are some good italian restaurants not in the North End.
                    Bocelli's on main st. Medford
                    il-faro's medford sq/main st. Medford
                    artichokes malden center.
                    Bistro 5 in west Medford

                    Enjoy!!
                    Frankie Imbergamo

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                    1. re: frankie Imbergamo

                      Yes, Bistro 5 is pretty great.

                    2. Up my neck of the way, The Colosseum in Salem, NH.

                      1. Always been a fan of Tosca down in Hingham.

                        1. Trattoria Amalfi in Salem NH is FAR SUPERIOR to the Colleseum......

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                          1. re: baldiboys

                            Thats what I thought also until I made a return visit to The Colosseum after a long hiatus. I would call them equally as good now.