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Oct 28, 2009 05:43 PM

Cure my North End Boredom

There are so many great restaurants in the North End. The problem is, I feel like we've been to all the good ones. My parents are coming into town and my dad loves the NE...he hugs the people at Modern.

Anyway, I want to take them somewhere amazing but new, but I feel like we've tried all of the best restaurants in the North End; probably 80% of the whole list at this point. We have reservations at Prezza but I'm torn on where else to go. Lucca? Carmen? Tresca? Massimino's? I would go back to Terramia but last time we ate there it was $700 for 4 people.

We need to avoid a seafood-focused venue due to a shellfish allergy, but that's the only restriction. Would love any advice!

North End Cafe
124 Broadway Ste B, Saugus, MA 01906

Lucca Restaurant
226 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

207 Endicott St, Boston, MA

98 Salem St., North End, Boston, MA 02113

233 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

Prezza Restaurant
24 Fleet St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

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  1. What about Taranta? That would take you in a slightly different culinary direction and you could always hit up Modern for dessert.

    210 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

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    1. re: Parsnipity

      Thanks! I agree that it's fabulous and different but the parents have been there a bunch of times already. That's part of my problem...we've hit up the great places a lot of times each.

    2. have dinner at erbaluce, then go to the north end for pastry.

      North End Cafe
      124 Broadway Ste B, Saugus, MA 01906

      69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

      1. What about Giacomo's? I have always had a great meal there.

        1. Carmen is a very nice choice as long as your party is relatively small. Great food and cozy atmosphere. Another place to check out is Maurizio's which is on Hanover Street. Open kitchen and menu tilted towards Sardininan items

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          1. re: Northender

            I was going to suggest Maurizio's too. Haven't been but the Sardinian influence is intriguing.

            Carmen's great.

            Have you been to Marco? I've had some very good meals there.

            1. re: 9lives

              I think Marco's good too (have yet to go to Carmen).

              The OP asked about Lucca which is a big fun place but it'll cost you as much as Terramia. What about that new tapas type place? Sorry, forgot the name.

              Lucca Restaurant
              226 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

              98 Salem St., North End, Boston, MA 02113

              1. re: Joanie

                Damiano is the new tapas place, nice looking place but I haven't been

              2. re: 9lives

                Marco should have been on my list as well. Good call.

            2. Get out of the North End and go over to Somerville for great Italian food without the pomp and the crowds - Vinny's at Night, L'il Vinny's, Pescatore are three that come to mind. These places are not "the fancy" - just great chow. Also Gran Gusto in Cambridge.

              Sorry - just re-read your post and saw no seafood, so you might want to avoid Pescatore, though they do have non-fish items, the fish is where the focus is.

              158 Boston Ave, Somerville, MA 02144

              Great Chow
              17 Beale Street, Quincy, MA 02170