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Family Restaurant in the North End

stephcrement Oct 24, 2009 05:35 PM

I am looking for a reasonably-priced restaurant in the North End that has the feeling of a family-run restaurant with Southern Italian food. In other words, we don't want anything fancy...just straight up good pasta dishes and a low-key atmosphere. Ideas?

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  1. Gio RE: stephcrement Oct 24, 2009 06:17 PM

    Sounds like you should head to Cantina Italiania on Hanover St...otherwise known as The Cantina. It doesn't get high marks here but it's a place that's not phony and sometimes exceeds it's critics. I've had some decent meals here over the years when folks from out of town want to meet and "catch up."


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      Blumie RE: stephcrement Oct 24, 2009 07:45 PM

      Does it need to be in the North End? It's a lot easier to park at Antonio's, on Cambridge Street near Mass General. Very good Southern Italian at reasonable prices in a family-friendly setting.

      1. mcel215 RE: stephcrement Oct 24, 2009 08:08 PM

        Antico Forno seems to fit your request. It does get mixed reviews here, but I still really like it there.

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          Blumie RE: stephcrement Oct 24, 2009 08:34 PM

          I've never been, but doesn't Mother Anna's on Hanover St fit the bill?

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            pasuga RE: stephcrement Oct 24, 2009 09:20 PM

            When I lived in the North End my two favorite restaurants that meet your description were L'Osteria on Salem St. and Massimino's on Endicott. Have eaten at Mother Anna's several times, but never liked it as well as the other two.

            It's not on their online menu, but if they're still serving it I recommend the veal agrodolce at L'Osteria and they also do a great antipasto - I love their salad dressing.

            Would also second the recco for Antico Forno. I've never eaten at Cantina Italiana, but the fact that the place has been there for 40+ years says a lot.

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            1. re: pasuga
              pemma RE: pasuga Oct 26, 2009 07:26 AM

              I like Cantina for red sauce. You might also want to try La Summa.

            2. Bob Dobalina RE: stephcrement Oct 26, 2009 10:08 AM

              Go to Vinny's at Night in Somerville - better than anything you can find in the North End.

              I would suggest Pagliuca's but there have been some recent so-so to bad reviews on here of late.

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                phatchris RE: Bob Dobalina Oct 26, 2009 01:32 PM

                The prices went way up at Pagliuca's. I'd choose Galleria 33 , Locontes, or Massaminos.

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                  Northender RE: phatchris Oct 26, 2009 02:35 PM

                  Lo Conte or Massimino's - just stay away from the "specials" at Massimino's which are overpriced. The regular menu items are terrific and fairly priced.

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                    phatchris RE: Northender Oct 27, 2009 09:37 AM

                    The pork chops with vinegar peppers and potatoes are a steal at $16. Two 3/4 inch pork chops with peppers and potatoes in a nice sauce.

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                      Northender RE: phatchris Oct 27, 2009 10:01 AM

                      PC - You read my mind - it is, imho, the best item on theer menu and has been since day one!

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