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Good Moderate Italian

Tracey123 Mar 19, 2008 12:28 PM

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:


  1. hiddenboston Mar 19, 2008 12:32 PM

    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.

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      mbasnack Mar 19, 2008 12:34 PM

      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)
      Sweet Basil
      Carlo's (annoying wait but always good food)

      Why limit yourself to the red sauce and long lines, I say...

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      1. re: mbasnack
        whops Mar 19, 2008 01:36 PM

        I think Pomodoro is closed. I believe that Orinoco is openning a branch in that space.

        1. re: whops
          Kbee Mar 19, 2008 01:37 PM

          No, the new Orinoco is actually next door to Pomodoro, in the old Village Fish space.

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        Kbee Mar 19, 2008 12:59 PM

        My vote would be for Trattoria Toscana in the Fenway. Excellent, and far less hassle than the North End (as long as you go before baseball season starts...)

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        1. re: Kbee
          whops Mar 19, 2008 01:34 PM

          I second the vote for Trattoria Toscana. Excellent food, casual atmosphere.

          1. re: Kbee
            BBHound Mar 19, 2008 01:44 PM

            Third that choice. It's one of my favorites.
            During the baseball season, you can generally get a table after the game starts (usually 7:05). Finding a place to park, however, is a major problem.

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            Bostonbob3 Mar 19, 2008 01:07 PM

            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.

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              treb Mar 19, 2008 01:33 PM

              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

              1. ChefJune Mar 19, 2008 01:39 PM

                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).

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                  uman Mar 19, 2008 01:43 PM

                  L'Osteria is where I usually end up and am always pleased.

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