First date in the North End
Heading to the North End on Friday for a first date. We are both young professionals in our mid-late 20's. We were set up by a mutal friend, so we're still in the "getting to know each other" phase. Looking for a good first date spot, but nothing TOO romantic. And good italian, obviously.
I've searched the boards a little bit, but wanted some more suggestions.
Highly recommend La Galleria 33. Not the matchbox seating like some other Northend joints, very good food and a very nice atmosphere/decor. In the "getting to know you phase" it would be a perfect fit. Some other choices are very pricey and very "tight spaced' and a bit heady, which can make for awkward early dating. There's a lot of pressure when the menu prices are high and one or both parties feel guilty about ordering. La Galleria 33 is a perfect fit.
Any idea how adventurous your date is? Any allergies? Regional preferences? I tend to favor Northern and Central Italian over the Southern-inspired Italian-American served at most North End places, but that's hardly everyone's preference.
Ricardo's on North Street is a fairly roomy, comfortable place with good Italian food, and it's rarely crowded, so you probably won't be struggling to hear each other talk. And while it is a little romantic, it's not as cozy and intimate as, say, the basement dining room at Assaggio on Prince Street.
How about a walk-about first date?
Start at Neptune Oyster - grab a few oysters at the bar there with a cocktail. Bailout opportunity #1 if it's going poorly.
Things going well? Walk down to Pizzeria Regina and grab a pie (or a slice? Do they sell slices there? I don't think so....but if they do, all the better.) Or try Monica's on the corner of Prince and Salem. Bailout opportunity #2.
Conversation still flowing? Go around to Cafe Victtoria or similar for cappucchino, pastries, etc.
Walking and talking takes a little pressure off, no?