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ptridel Dec 15, 2007 01:22 PM

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

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    treb RE: ptridel Dec 15, 2007 02:17 PM

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

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      mcel215 RE: treb Dec 16, 2007 03:16 AM

      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!

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        redjustinsox RE: mcel215 Dec 16, 2007 07:40 AM

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

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      saltyair RE: ptridel Dec 17, 2007 08:43 AM

      Volle Nolle
      Hot Tomatoes
      both sandwich shops

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        bachslunch RE: saltyair Dec 17, 2007 02:51 PM

        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.

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          Pegmeister RE: bachslunch Dec 19, 2007 08:09 AM

          Waterfront also makes a great pizza.

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        ptridel RE: ptridel Dec 19, 2007 07:03 AM

        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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          Pegmeister RE: ptridel Dec 19, 2007 08:11 AM

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

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