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North End with patio dining?

littlegreenfrog6 Jul 29, 2008 10:55 AM

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?

  1. fmcoxe6188 Jul 29, 2008 11:08 AM

    Unfortunately neither of those two places has out door dining, however Fiore, also on Hanover, does...

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    1. re: fmcoxe6188
      Ralphie_in_Boston Jul 29, 2008 11:36 AM

      Mother Anna's also has a large outdoor area.

      ETA: so does Trattoria Il Panino, although it's been panned here lately.

      1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston
        Joanie Jul 29, 2008 12:24 PM

        Lots of places open their windows, Limoncello, a bunch on Hanover. If indeed the weather holds up in Oct., not a given. Non-Italian Goody Glover's has a little patio.

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      Pegmeister Jul 29, 2008 11:38 AM

      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.

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        littlegreenfrog6 Jul 29, 2008 12:18 PM

        Thanks for the suggestions. Fiore's menu looks nice, as does Mother Anna's. Forgot to mention we both love Mussels too. The prices all seem to be reasonable at the one's I have looked into so far.

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        1. re: littlegreenfrog6
          bachslunch Jul 29, 2008 02:29 PM

          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.

          1. re: bachslunch
            Joanie Jul 30, 2008 04:49 AM

            Isn't that Tresca w/ the single outdoor table?

            1. re: Joanie
              marcusnaz14 Jul 30, 2008 06:40 AM

              Yea, you are thinking of Tresca. Both Tresca and Marco are great though.

              1. re: marcusnaz14
                lycheefloat Aug 3, 2008 05:44 AM

                Do you know if you can reserve that one outdoor table?

                1. re: lycheefloat
                  Harp00n Aug 3, 2008 08:30 PM

                  Tresca advertises it on their website so one would think so.


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