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Apr 28, 2009 03:33 PM

Going to the North End Friday Night For Dinner. What's your favorite?

With a fun group and looking for great food and wine.

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  1. My favorite is Prezza.

    24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

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    1. Obviously depends on what you are looking for and what you want to spend.

      Absolutely agree with Prezza (bonus for the full bar).
      Taranta is also a favorite where I have never had a bad meal.

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      1. re: Gabatta

        Been to Taranta and it was very good! We are traveling in from Florida and would like to enjoy a traditional Italian Dinner at a moderate price.

        1. re: thrilla05

          I too love prezza, but in case it doesn't fit into your idea of "moderate price" (though that varies from person to person, so just take a look at their menu online). Marco is good food, cozy atmosphere and more affordable, and I recently had a couple of very tasty meals at Panza, also more reasonable.

      2. If you dont mind spending money, Prezza is the best.

          1. Make reservations. Nothing sucks the fun out of a Friday in the North End like standing in line for an hour, for me, anyway.

            As many have noted, Prezza has great food and one of the best wine lists in the North End. It's expensive, but I also think it's easy to overorder there. A normal person can't come close to finishing an antipasto, primo, and secondo. Sharing a few apps and pasta courses will help keep your check more reasonable. Fancy food always looks grim from a doggie bag the next day, anyway.

            Mamma Maria has another good wine list, and I've had solid experiences with the food and service over the years, but it's a different experience: traditional where Prezza is modern, in a quaint old townhouse with lots of little dining rooms. It's still not a Southern Italian or Italian-American kind of place, a real Northern focus to the menu, and also rather expensive.

            Another place with an impressive wine list and big price tags is Tresca. I can't comment on the food here. It has a celebrity owner, which isn't always a great value indicator to me.