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Italian Best Picks in the North End?

My Brother's comming into town for a couple of nights and I want to show him some good Italian. We've been to Mama Maria (3 North Square) and loved it. Our old, modest favorite, however, is Bella Vista on Hanover St. Lucia (owner/manager) has been so nice to us and her tortellini alfredo is out of this world. Outstanding noodles and incredible, rich sauce. Go on Friday or Saturday nights when the best chef is in. Very reasonable prices.

I want to know:
A) Your favorite Italian dinner or appatizer spot in the North End
B) The must order dish(es) at that place

Thanks so much!

Last time my brother was in town we stopped at three places. The idea is to find the best dishes at several, sample them all, and compare (We call this the "good people, good food and lots of it" principle ha). We'll be sure to post the results. Thanks Again.

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    1. re: bachslunch

      Thanks so much and what a great resource!

    2. Indeed bachslunch's post is still germane. Seeing as you have prior experience in the NE, doing a search on "North End" will bring up tons of posts which will allow you to mach your tastes with those of other posters. I like the oven baked dishes of Antico Forno, my wife's favorite is Giacamos' and I popped the question at Carmen.

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      1. re: Food4Thought

        Haha great story thanks so much. Keep 'em commin.

      2. Don't miss Prezza, especially their risotto or polenta dishes.

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        1. re: pollystyrene

          I second this- definitely the best food I've had in the NE (where I live). Don't like the atmosphere as much as some of the other places, but the food and wine are excellent.

        2. One of my favorite little places is Monica's. Their bolognese is out of this world!

          1. Taranta is very good. Peruvian/Italian fusion that actually works.

            Other than that, just search North End.

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            1. re: Bostonbob3

              Thanks everyone all great stuff! Has anyone tried Marco (253 Hanover Street)? Website looks alright just seeking some experientail knowledge. Any other suggestions would still be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

              1. re: cscott4313

                Yeah, Marco's quite good. The chef, Marc Offaly (get it? Marc-O? Heh) is very talented.

                1. re: cscott4313

                  Love Marco! Cozy/romantic, and consistently good (though not amazing) food. And they let you do half size entrees, which I also appreciate.