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Jul 29, 2008 10:55 AM

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?

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

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    1. re: fmcoxe6188

      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

        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.

    2. 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.

      1. 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

          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

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

            1. re: Joanie

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

              1. re: marcusnaz14

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

                1. re: lycheefloat

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