Good Moderate Italian
I've been doing some research and came across the following moderate Italian Restaurants. We are also looking for a nice casual atmosphere. Let me know what you think:
I like all three places, but I might give the nod to Pagliuca's, mainly because it isn't as well known so lines are less likely on weekends.
Are you trying to stay in the North End? In fact, unless it's dead of winter and mid-week, I never visit NE anymore...too crowded/touristy. There are so many amazing options out there.
Grotto (fixed price, great food, cozy atmosphere)
La Morra (Oh God- fried olives, yum!)
Pomodoro (Brookline-- and yes, I know people either love it or hate it)
Teatro (I always have a good meal there)
Carlo's (annoying wait but always good food)
Why limit yourself to the red sauce and long lines, I say...
If you like seafood (calamari and shellfish over pasta mainly, but also things like monkfish marsala), try Daily Catch on Hanover. About as casual as it gets, but I really like the food. Mmmm, stuffed calamari, squid ink pasta, lobster fra diavlo...
And if you happen to be in the North End on a Sunday, try Marco, Marc Offaly's place. They serve a fun, pretty casual, family-style dinner every Sunday.
Away from the NE, I recommend:
DiParma's in Winthrop - BYOB
Alia in Winthrop - BYOB
Vinnie's in Sommerville
Jevillie's in East Boston
DeMaino's in Revere
I have loved L'Osteria for more than 20 years. and especially on the nights that Nick is in the kitchen! (and I don't like Giacomo's at all).