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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

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

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    1. 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.