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good Italian outside of the North End

ShelT54 Jan 6, 2007 12:56 AM

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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    tamerlanenj Jan 6, 2007 01:00 AM

    I'd add Carlo's Cucina in Allston.

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    1. re: tamerlanenj
      wax311 Jan 6, 2007 02:04 AM

      Trattoria Toscana!

    2. MC Slim JB Jan 6, 2007 02:22 AM

      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. limster Jan 6, 2007 03:16 AM

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

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          jajjguy Jan 6, 2007 04:54 AM

          Il Capriccio in Waltham. Not cheap, but excellent.

          1. tatamagouche Jan 6, 2007 01:19 PM

            Also see the current thread on Pulcinella.

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              rmperry Jan 6, 2007 06:54 PM

              Pippinelle's in Franklin has gone out of business.

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                Pastramiman Jan 7, 2007 02:31 PM

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

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                  emilief Jan 7, 2007 05:04 PM

                  Vela in Wellesley

                  1. frankie Imbergamo Jan 8, 2007 12:01 PM

                    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

                    Frankie Imbergamo

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                    1. re: frankie Imbergamo
                      jajjguy Jan 9, 2007 12:11 PM

                      Yes, Bistro 5 is pretty great.

                    2. thegolferbitch Jan 8, 2007 05:02 PM

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

                      1. kobuta Jan 9, 2007 12:56 PM

                        Always been a fan of Tosca down in Hingham.

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                          baldiboys Jan 10, 2007 01:10 PM

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

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                            Infomaniac Jan 10, 2007 01:27 PM

                            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.

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