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May 20, 2007 05:06 PM


My lady friend and I are making out annual trek to Boston and we are looking for the very best knock your socks off Italian food. We prefer funky atmosphere to snooty atmosphere, and prefer to be within 1 mile of public transportation, but will consider driving in the 'burbs.Thanks!

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    1. re: gini

      Any region is fine, vegetarian options

      1. re: mr breadpuddin

        Trattoria Toscona. I cannot recommend this place enough.

    2. I guess I'd go with Sorellina, but Taranta has been "knocking my socks off" the last few times I've been there.

      1. Agreed that you can't go wrong with Sorellina. However, it is upscale and VERY expensive. I also really like Mamma Maria in the North End, which is also towards the upscale. If you are looking for red sauce homestyle Italian, the best of its kind is probably Carlo's Cucina in Allston

        1. For funky and good, I'd say any of the following might be decent options:

          Vinny's at Night, East Somerville
          Caffe Italia, East Boston
          Pasta Lina's, Medford
          Giacomo's, South End (less crowded than the North End location)

          1. Trattoria Toscana on Jersey St. in the Fens area.

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            1. re: Sal Monella

              I'll second the Taranta rec, went last week and it was awesome.

              1. re: Sal Monella

                Second Trattoria Toscana. I think this place is terrific and everyone I have sent there has been enthusiastic. It is, however,Tuscan cuisine, not red sauce Italian. Depends on what you want.

                1. re: BBHound

                  If we're talking about Tuscan cuisine, don't forget Tuscan Grill in Waltham - never had a bad meal there