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Apr 6, 2007 12:03 PM

Looking for Casual North End Italian That I Haven't Tried Yet

I've been to:

Al Dente
Antico Forno
Piccolo Venezia
Il Panino
Cantina Italiana
Mother Anna's
La Summa

Have I run out of casual, reasonably priced Italian restaurants in the North End, or are there any I still haven't hit yet? If there are still a few, are they any good? Thanks!

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  1. I don't see LaGalleria 33 on that list. Give them a try, the owners try so hard and are very welcoming, the food is good, and the tables are nicley spaced. I believe they have a website now. Prices range from $15 to around $36.

    1. You've hit most of the places I might suggest (I've been to Massimino, Pagliuca, Mother Anna, and Rabia recently for lunch, with Massimino the clear favorite -- the eggplant, garlic and oil antipasto was stunning).

      Not extraordinary but decent, and new to me, was Emedio's, at the far end of Hanover St. Mangia Mangia is just a counter-service lunch spot, but quite worthwhile for its soups and Parmigiana subs (veal, chicken, eggplant).

      One entry on my list of places that my native North End buddy recommends for casual Italian-American is Ricardo's on North Street. I haven't been yet.

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        Carmen and Jeff of carmen's just opened a casual eatery (in the former space of Dimio's on North Street) called Hot Tomatoes. They offer a wide variety of pizzas, calzones, sandwiches and pastas. They also have beer & wine!

      2. Artu is not on your list.

        1. Pomodoro
          Euno (not that casual)
          Daily Catch

          1. Lo Conte's on Salem Street; try the chicken, broccoli and ziti.

            Maribel98, Hot Tomatoes is so expensive (especially considering that the space is so small that business will have to be mostly takeout) that it'll be verrry interesting to see whether they can make a go of it.

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            1. re: North Ender

              Must be our similar posting names but I agree with you about Hot Tomatoes. I live nearby and stopped by to try it out but when I saw their prices I smiled and left. With Artu and Volle Nolle and other s in the neighborhood, i don't see the point.