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Dec 15, 2007 01:22 PM

Italian in North End?

going to be in Boston for a visit and was wondering if you could recommend a lunch place

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  1. If you want to go 'low key' but good food, try Galeria Umberto on Hanover.

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    1. re: treb

      I agree that the Galeria Umberto has a great lunch. But, the line starts early, and they close early. And if you eat indoor, it has no atmosphere at all (no one yell, I love the place). Another choice might be Antico Forno for their speciatly risotto, or there clam/mussel linquini dish baked in parchment! Both are amazing. Oh, don't forget to walk to Modern, for a canoli!

      1. re: mcel215

        I second that about antico forno, it is great. It feels like you're in italy when you're there, and its reasonably priced.

    2. Volle Nolle
      Hot Tomatoes
      both sandwich shops

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      1. re: saltyair

        Will second saltyair's recommendations and also suggest Mangia Mangia for a slightly more downscale but first-rate analog. For classic sub shops (Italian cold cut sub with everything on it) good choices would include Dino's, Tutto Italiano, or J. Pace.

        For pizza and other cheap South Italian comfort food, the suggestions for Galleria Umberto are spot on. Other pizza spots include Pizzeria Regina (no slices), Pushcart Pizza, and Ernesto's. Waterfront Cafe is the best choice by far for pub grub, and Neptune Oyster does excellent seafood.

        For lunch sit-down Italian, good choices would include (in descending order) Antico Forno (also does pizza but no slices), Pagliuca's, Saraceno's, Assaggio, Massimino's, Villa Francesca, Cafe Florentine, 5 North Square, Emedio's, Rabia's, or Al Dente.

        1. re: bachslunch

          Waterfront also makes a great pizza.

      2. does anyone have an opinion of cantina italiana? It's a lunch for 15 pp on a Sunday so I just booked a reservation there based upon the special handmade pasta they only serve for dinner, and on sunday they open for "dinner" at noon

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        1. re: ptridel

          I found Cantina Italiana to be pretty average. Not much atmosphere, staff is efficient, but not especially warm and fuzzy.