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North End Dinner for about 8

Hi There,

I am planning a work dinner for 8 co-workers (some are chowish and some are not) on a Wednesday night in June. We will be dining in the North End, and I haven't been for a long time and need some help. I have searched this board up and down and have not found too much agreement. I checked out some websites of places that 'hounds did seem to like consistantly but Prezzo and Mama Maria's are a little too pricy to get the boss to pick up the tab. The daily catch is too seafood specific for our group. So what I could use is a couple of places where the food is great (but not as pricey as Prezzo), and also a few places to avoid would also be great.

thanks in advance,
j

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  1. Try Marco, Taranta or Antico Forno.

    1. Wholeheartedly agree with nasilemak's suggestions. Especially Taranta. You might also look into Rabia's. Certainly not cutting-edge Italian, but tasty, solid, and very reasonably priced.

      Place to avoid? La Famiglia.

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      1. re: Bostonbob3

        And that goes for both "La Famiglia" restaurants in the North End, LFSpagnuolo and LFGiorgio. The former in fact is arguably the worst place to eat in the area, and that's saying something.

      2. Antico Forno is nice if you can get a table. They're not real good about reservations. You may also like Artu. Their menu is quite varied. I favor the shrimp scampi or sausage and rabe pizzas, but also enjoy the chicken stuffed with spinach and prosciutto served with marinated eggplant. Steaks are great and they do a wonderful job with calamari and mussels.

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        1. re: Pegmeister

          Another place to avoid ,which I actually used to enjoy, would be Euno. I don't know if they changed owners/chefs, but the menu is different and I got some of the worst veal parm of my life in there...... Im talking preggo ragu bad.

          1. re: phatchris

            That is so sad to hear as Euno was a favorite of my Wife and I for years. We had many memorable meals there but haven't been in a few years now.

            Was this a recent dining experience?

            1. re: TomH

              I'm sorry for phatchris' experience. I just went to Euno for my first time this week (due in part to CH), and we enjoyed friendly service, yummy food (although there was a bit more oil than necessary), and large portions. The chicken parm was huge, cheesey, and I enjoyed the crispy edges.

        2. We did a group dinner last June at Rabia. It was fabulous.

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          1. re: luci

            I would have to second Rabia as well. My meals there are always terrific and there is something for everyone.

          2. Pagliuca's on Parmenter is superb. Simple, traditional Italian...but absolutely spot-on with their dishes.