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May 13, 2008 12:00 PM

Mini Burgers/Pizza/Italian for Kids

I'm planning to be in town at the end of the month to visit my sister and we are trying to figure out a few good spots to take my kids (4 years, 2 months). Obviously, the two month old will just sit in his car seat and sleep, but my older son is a big fan of mini burgers, pizza and anything Italian. He's a gourmet and likes ingredients like capers, prosciutto, etc (my family is Italian, so he has been exposed!) I've taken him to Picco in the past in the South End, but was hoping to find a place that can accommodate our need for delicious food and is kid friendly. We also went to a family style restaurant in the North End, but it was one of those huge portion, not so great food spots. I'm okay with family friendly, but would rather have great tasting food if we're going to eat out. If anyone has any recommendations, I would be very appreciative.

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  1. I don't know about mini burgers, but for grown-up-sized burgers, I often recommend Bartley's in Harvard Square as a kid-friendly, chowish spot.

    For Neapolitan-style pizza in the North End, Antico Forno has a reputation for being good for families, and the food, especially the pizza, is very good.

    My absolute favorite Neapolitan-style pizza in town is Gran Gusto, but it's in a rather obscure section of North Cambridge, so you'd need a car to get there. The rest of the menu is very good as well, but the pizza is go-way-out-of-your-way-for outstanding. I have seen families with kids there, so you should be fine in that regard.

    1. We had some surprisingly good sliders at The Stockyard in Brighton, right off the Mass Pike. Definitely an okay spot for kids too - we had a sleeping toddler and an 8 yr old with us. Good luck!