good Italian outside of the North End
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
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.
To the great lists above, I'd add La Morra in Brookline; mostly Northern Italian -- Tuscan, Piedmontese.