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Oct 9, 2009 09:08 AM

North End recs? (carbonara, gnocci, and frutti di mare)

I loved the carbonara at Bina. Where can I get the real deal in the North End? I'm not expecting to get the pig butter and parmesan foam, but I don't want a cream sauce!

I also like the Frutti di Mare at Maurizio's and Giacomo's. Any other solid versions in the North End?

I love Prezza but have never loved their gnocci. Who has consistently light and feathery gnocci in the North End? Do any compare to Bina's?

Are there any restaurants in the North End that do all three of these dishes well?

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  1. Good carbonara (the real thing) at Monica's (the one on richmond though I imagine they're both equally good). My favorite in Boston; and I try it wherever it is served. Excellent gnocchi too. All pasta there is homemade. Have not tried the Frutti di Mare there, off the top of my head I don't know if it's on the menu. Not sure how it compares to Bina, haven't been there yet.

    1. I like the Frutti di Mare at Trattoria Il Panino. I get it every time I go there. I'm not a fan of the frutti di mare at Antico Forno, but their linguine con vongole is really good, in case you're into that too. Can't help with carbonara or gnocchi.