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Italian food in downtown Boston

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
Amanda

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  1. 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.

    1. thank you - will do.
      A

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

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

          1. 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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            1. re: annieirene

              Sorry, do not share your enthusiasm on this one.

              1. re: annieirene

                Me neither.

                But I recommend the North End

                1. re: annieirene

                  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.

                2. 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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                  1. re: BackBayGirl

                    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.

                    1. re: hotoynoodle

                      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.

                  2. 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.

                    1. 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.