North End with patio dining?
Hi. I feel a little bit stupid asking this since I have lived in MA my whole life. My sister is coming from North Carolina to visit in early October and we would both like a pleasurable, possibly outdoor North End dining experience that is not outrageously expensive. Neither of us is into red sauce and both love fish and seafood but don't need to be limited by it. My first thoughts were Taranta because it sounds interesting with the Peruvian influence, and Giacomo because we can get a choice of sauce with entrees. Not sure if either of these places has patio dining, but that would be lovely on a nice crisp October evening. May I get some feedback on these two places as well as any other suggestions that might fit what we are looking for?
Il Panino has a great patio, but I'm not sure I can recommend it. There was a time it was a favorite, especially for the rack of lamb or the eggplant parm, but my last 2 visits didn't really go well. The lamb was not cooked as ordered and the eggplant appetizer was actually cold. It could have been a fluke, but maybe someone else will share their experience.
Fiore, Mother Anna's, Trattoria Il Panino, and Goody Glovers all have true outdoor dining (rooftop in the case of Fiore), but be forewarned that the food isn't especially good at any of them.
Marco does have a single outdoor table (if memory serves, for two) on its balcony, and the food there is very good. You'd probably have to make a reservation specially for it ahead of time, though.