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Italian food in downtown Boston

amandajj May 26, 2009 11:03 AM

Hi there

Please can anyone advise me about a good Italian restaurant in downtown Boston. My husband, 12 year old daughter and myself are visiting Boston soon and would like to go to a recommended restaurant.
Many thanks

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  1. hotoynoodle RE: amandajj May 26, 2009 11:06 AM

    not sure what you mean "downtown", but boston is small to navigate. do a search for north end and you'll get plenty of advice.

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      amandajj RE: amandajj May 26, 2009 11:17 AM

      thank you - will do.

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        nasilemak RE: amandajj May 27, 2009 04:35 AM

        Teatro, Davio's and Bina Osteria are the top picks.

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          Taralli RE: amandajj May 27, 2009 05:00 AM

          Grotto at Gov't Center on Beacon Hill: http://www.grottorestaurant.com/

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            annieirene RE: amandajj May 27, 2009 05:47 AM

            Go to Ida's in the North End (on Mechanic St off Hanover St). It's great food, cash only, open Thurs - Sat. All the dishes are amazing. If you drink red wine, make sure to get a jug of the house red. It's delicious!

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              Taralli RE: annieirene May 27, 2009 09:12 AM

              Sorry, do not share your enthusiasm on this one.

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                C. Hamster RE: annieirene May 27, 2009 09:14 AM

                Me neither.

                But I recommend the North End

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                  Pegmeister RE: annieirene May 27, 2009 09:39 AM

                  Please don't suggest Ida's. I had one of my worst meals ever there, and I'm not one for making negative posts. The sauce was sour as were the servers. I will give them credit for good stuffed mushrooms though.

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                  BackBayGirl RE: amandajj May 27, 2009 09:43 AM

                  Teatro, Sorellina are good pics for Boston, non-North End spots. I haven't been to Grotto in Beacon Hill, but people often say it's good. For the N. End, I'd say Mother Anna's, Mama Maria's, L'Osteria, or Prezza are good.

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                    hotoynoodle RE: BackBayGirl May 27, 2009 10:37 AM

                    i don't get the grotto love on here. the menu is ok. the wine list is thoroughly uninspired and the service so amateurish and clumsy it's embarrassing to watch them, never mind tip them.

                    bina osteria in downtown crossing is very modern italian and one of my top faves in the city.

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                      C. Hamster RE: hotoynoodle May 27, 2009 01:01 PM

                      I've had many entirely different experiences at Grotto, admittedly all at lunch.

                      Both food and service have been a joy every time.

                      Not so much @ their sibling.

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                    ssfdlvr RE: amandajj May 27, 2009 12:37 PM

                    Antico Forno on Salem St is by far the best food for the best price - best to make a reservation especially on weekends as it gets busy.

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                      nightsky RE: amandajj May 27, 2009 07:03 PM

                      The most memorable meal I've had in the North End in the past few years was at La Summa. I had the homemade pasta with eggplant. It's not a trendy place, just lots of good food at very reasonable prices. I've taken visitors here (with kids in tow) and they liked it.

                      If you want upscale or fusion or Wow decor, this is not your place. If you want a neighborhood joint that serves tasty and filling food and reasonable prices, give it a shot.

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