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Family Restaurant in the North End

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. 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."


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

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

          1. 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

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

            2. 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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              1. re: Bob Dobalina

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

                1. re: phatchris

                  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.

                  1. re: Northender

                    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.

                    1. re: phatchris

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