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Former restaurant in the North End...what was it called?

Ralphie_in_Boston Jul 11, 2008 10:33 AM

Every time I walk down Hanover Street I recall a Sicilian-themed restaurant's neon sign (gone for at least 10 years) which had a map of Italy and the Island of Sicily was about 20x larger in proportion than it should have been. It made me laugh every time I walked by. Picture the "boot" of Italy kicking the "rock" of Sicily, only the rock is bigger than the boot!

I think I ate their once or twice and it was casual, nothing fancy, but good. I believe it was one or two doors down from Cantina Italiana. Does anybody remember the name of this place?

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    JustinKnowsFood Apr 28, 2010 12:05 PM

    Bella Napoli! It was the best!

    120 Salem St, Boston, MA

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    1. re: JustinKnowsFood
      Ralphie_in_Boston Apr 28, 2010 12:38 PM

      Really? A place called "Bella Napoli" emphasized Sicily on its neon, but not Naples?

    2. Gio Jul 11, 2008 11:43 AM

      I was going to say The European too but wasn't that up the street from the Cantina?
      Walking down from Haymarket, that is.

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      1. re: Gio
        Ralphie_in_Boston Jul 11, 2008 11:49 AM

        It was definitely not the European--it was in the other direction a couple of blocks.

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          Gio Jul 11, 2008 11:53 AM

          Yes, that's what I thought......

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            naughtywaitress Jul 11, 2008 07:29 PM

            Almost all the way to the 7/11 on that same side of the street?

            1. re: naughtywaitress
              Ralphie_in_Boston Jul 14, 2008 07:46 AM

              not quite that far, only a couple of doors down (probably in that direction), from Cantina Italiana

              1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston
                Gio Jul 14, 2008 08:18 AM

                Ralphie...is it/was it:

                Emedio's (CLOSED) ($$)
                Italian, Pizza
                417 Hanover St, Boston 02113
                Btwn Hanover Ave & Harris St ...???

                I got this at Menupages.com

                1. re: Gio
                  Ralphie_in_Boston Jul 14, 2008 08:24 AM

                  I don't think so....that name doesn't ring a bell, plus I'm fairly certain it closed years before Menupages even started up.

                  So far I think poptart's response above takes the lead.

                  Thanks to everyone for your suggestions though (and keep 'em coming!)

                  1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston
                    poptart Jul 14, 2008 06:47 PM

                    I'll have to ask my brother if he remembers the name, he has one hell of a memory!

                    Wasn't that accordion/music shop nearby? Now I can't remember the name of that place either...
                    Also, 15+ years ago there was a great cooking/kitchen supply shop on Hanover as well. Man, has the North End changed!

                    1. re: poptart
                      Ralphie_in_Boston Jul 15, 2008 07:46 AM

                      The name of the Accordion / music shop was Tosi's and yes it was on that same street about a block away. One of the newer restaurants is in that spot now.

                      I actually walked down Hanover the other day and still can't place *exactly* where my mystery Sicilian restaurant was. I'm getting old.

                      Yes the North End has changed! I still love it though.

      2. chowciao Jul 11, 2008 11:39 AM

        The European?

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          northendgal Jul 11, 2008 11:36 AM

          could it have been the European?

          1. poptart Jul 11, 2008 11:31 AM

            I think it had the name "Cantina" in it also....something like "La Cantina Siciliana" maybe???
            One time I was meeting some people at Cantina Italiana and some folks ended up at the place you are mentioning by mistake, I believe due to the name similarity.

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            1. re: poptart
              Ralphie_in_Boston Jul 11, 2008 11:51 AM

              Hey that sounds familiar...I think that was it. Thanks.

              1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston
                poptart Jul 11, 2008 12:00 PM

                I cannot for the life of me think of what's in its place right now..another restaurant?
                I wonder if anyone kept the neon sign...that was classic :-).

                1. re: poptart
                  Ralphie_in_Boston Jul 11, 2008 07:17 PM

                  that's another part of my problem remembering...I can't remember exactly what is there now..only the block that it's on...maybe it's Cibo's space, that place isn't *too* old..I don't know for sure.

                  As for the sign, yeah I hope so too. I feel like a part of me dies whenever I see a neon sign disappear, I love those things.

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