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Feb 24, 2007 10:45 AM

North End Dining-Suggestions?

My sister and brother-in-law will be visiting from out of town in March and she expressed an interest in trying a North End Restaurant. Any suggestions? Any restaurants where we would not have to wait too long or could make reservations. We know our Italian food and prefer non-red sauce places. Thanks for any suggestions.

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  1. You can't go wrong anywhere in the North End. All the restaurants are excellent and pretty much all of them take reservations. A couple of my favorites are:

    Antico Forno (Salem Street): very casual, authentic place. Best linguine with clams that i have had outside Italy. Its small, so i would recommend reservations. The wait can get kind of hairy at certain times.

    Taranta (Hanover Street): This restaurant is a fusion of Italian and Peruvian. It is really excellent. A little bit more dressy, but you could go in jeans! A friend and I tried it on a whim one day and absolutely loved it! We didn't have a reservation and sat without a wait. They do take them however!

    6 Replies
    1. re: NiKoLe1625

      I think that actually you can go very wrong with Piccolo Venezia on Hanover Street. It was the worst Italian food I've ever had in my life. I will never again just randomly pick a place in the North End to go to!

      Antico Forno is very good, though. And Maria's cannolis are my favorite.

      1. re: maillard

        I agree, I would never suggest picking randomly in the North End. Though I do second Nikole's recommendation for Taranta!

        1. re: maillard

          i have walked out on a meal in only one place in boston: piccolo venezia. the fish appetizer had pieces of plastic bag in it and was icy in places and lukewarm in others. not the best job defrosting. the bread was like merita.

          1. re: fenian

            Fish and plastic bag equals fusion cuisine

            Jeez, who doesn't know that? :))

          2. re: maillard

            You can go very wrong with more than just Piccola Venezia, altho I think that has to be the absolute worst (Add La Famiglia Georgio to "awful" list, as well). There are a lot of "red sauce" places, as well, which is clearly not what the questioner is looking for. Pomodoro, Terramia, Mama Maria, Davide are all delicious places in my experience, that have a whole lot more than red sauce. and then there's my favorite, The Daily Catch for Lobster Fra Diavolo! YUM!

          3. re: NiKoLe1625

            Third the reccomendation on Taratta, however I feel that you can go wrong (way) more often than not in the North End.

          4. I too think there are many sub-par places in the North End and many of them that do not take reservations. Another really good North End restaurant is Prezza. They have a great bar, take reservations and have a wonderful menu.

            1. i guess i have just had a lot of luck with randomly picking places to eat in the North End! Another good restaurant that I just thought of is Mamma Maria. Its much more upscale, but the food is excellent!

              1. I absolutely love Taranta!

                1. Maurizio's - very solid cooking, centred around a few Sardinian dishes on the menu. Saw a sign that they are offering a $50 5 course tasting menu on thursdays -- anyone tried?

                  Also suggest La Brace, if grilled meats are on the agenda. Prices have crept up a little since they open, but still a relative bargain.