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North End, Ristorante Fiore

Looking for a good restaurant to take some business associates to. There coming in from Washington and interested in the North End. Will be going for dinner on a week night. A friend suggested Ristorante Fiore...she is not really a food person...so not sure. What do you think??

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  1. Il Panino Trattoria is always a good bet and a good "North End" experience

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    1. re: christian500

      Sorry, can't recommend Trattoria il Panino. Food's OK but there's lots better in the North End, and their "we-don't-serve-tap-water" shtick coupled with aggressive waiters trying to push bottled water or another beverage for cost is extremely off-putting. One can do lots better.

      Fiore's food is decidedly nothing to write home about, but they'll at least serve you tap water on request. By far the best thing about the place is its rooftop deck, open only at dinnertime.

    2. I think Fiore is pretty awful to be honest...I would recommend Taranta, which is Peruvian & Italian fusion, or, if you are looking for more traditional red sauce Italian, L'Osteria.

      1. I heartily recommend La Galleria 33 on Salem St. It is owned by the same family that own L'Osteria. It is much more of a pleasant seating situation than most of the places in the North End (which cram in tables so that you're nose to nose wtih strangers !). I have taken business associates to La Galleria and the front table at the window accomodated 6-8., plus I recall a fairly large round table for about 8. I've never had a bad meal... always very good. Meals are very reasonably priced... wine tends a bit more pricey. I've been going to the North End forever and even though there's a lot to bash for tourist traps and inferior quality... there are still some very good spots.... and La Galleria 33 fits nicely.. good atmosphere, good waitstaff, very good food, reasonable $$.

        1. I had an awful experience at Fiore...We were seated relatively quickly on the rooftop where two servers managed to spill drinks on my fiance. After 20 minutes of waiting for our server to come take our drink order we went to speak with the host who was very rude. That was the only time ive ever walked out of a restaurant.

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          1. re: danyboy

            If $$$ is no object, run to Prezza.

          2. Sitting comfortably at Marco one evening, it was painful to watch Fiore waitstaff navigating those stairs.