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Cure my North End Boredom

MenuPorn Oct 28, 2009 05:43 PM

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!

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

Lucca Restaurant
226 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

Massimino's
207 Endicott St, Boston, MA

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

Tresca
233 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

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

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    Parsnipity Oct 28, 2009 06:14 PM

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

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    Taranta
    210 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

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    1. re: Parsnipity
      MenuPorn Oct 28, 2009 06:18 PM

      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. hotoynoodle Oct 28, 2009 06:33 PM

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

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

      Erbaluce
      69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

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        drewinmrblhd Oct 29, 2009 02:36 PM

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

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          Northender Oct 29, 2009 03:00 PM

          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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            9lives Oct 29, 2009 03:45 PM

            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
              Joanie Oct 30, 2009 03:57 AM

              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.

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              Lucca Restaurant
              226 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

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

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                9lives Oct 30, 2009 04:46 AM

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

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                Northender Oct 30, 2009 05:38 AM

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

            2. Bob Dobalina Oct 30, 2009 06:43 AM

              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.

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              Pescatore
              158 Boston Ave, Somerville, MA 02144

              Great Chow
              17 Beale Street, Quincy, MA 02170

              1. MenuPorn Oct 30, 2009 07:52 AM

                I knew you guys would have some great suggestions! The parents are here for 4 days and we're doing Damiano, Marco, Ivy and Prezza. Great stuff and I'll let you know how it all shakes out!!

                Any citywide faves for a casual weekend lunch with nice atmosphere? No restrictions this time. I just don't want to stop somewhere mediocre just because we're really hungry, which is what usually happens.

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

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                1. re: MenuPorn
                  Joanie Oct 30, 2009 08:24 AM

                  Wow, that's lots of north end action.

                  I like Petit Robert Bistro for lunch, both Kenmore and South End so convenient. Served til 5. Eastern Standard, Audobon, Parish Cafe, Union.

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                  Eastern Standard
                  528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

                  Petit Robert Bistro
                  468 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215

                  Parish Cafe
                  361 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

                  1. re: Joanie
                    MenuPorn Oct 30, 2009 09:34 AM

                    Yes...my dad humps the North End. I try to get him into other neighborhoods but he is pretty steadfast :)

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                      Joanie Oct 30, 2009 10:45 AM

                      You really need to force him into the south end for a meal, I think they'd have a good time and almost as many choices. Maybe lunch at Union or Sat. brunch at Aquitaine (altho that's kind of crowded and crazy on Sat).

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                    phipsi102 Oct 30, 2009 08:33 AM

                    I love the Parish Cafe- unbelievable sandwiches and an excellent beer selection. Great for people-watching too, in the front area.

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                    Parish Cafe
                    361 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

                  3. Monty Oct 30, 2009 01:26 PM

                    If you spent $700 at Terramia you'll likely blow that away at Prezza and Lucca. I've not been to Tresca and don't know the prices. Carmen is a great little place and less expensive. Massimino's is fine but having my server taking a butt break in between courses....in front of the restaurant in full view..... and smelling like smoke when they return turns my stomach. It's happened more than twice on a few visits over the past two years so I've stopped going.

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                    Lucca Restaurant
                    226 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

                    Massimino's
                    207 Endicott St, Boston, MA

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

                    Tresca
                    233 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

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

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                    1. re: Monty
                      Alcachofa Nov 2, 2009 07:04 AM

                      I was wondering how they spent $700 at Terramia also.

                      Did you have insanely expensive wine and after-dinner drinks?

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

                      1. re: Alcachofa
                        MenuPorn Nov 2, 2009 09:00 AM

                        $300 on wine, the rest on food for 4 people.

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                      peelmeagrape Oct 31, 2009 12:55 PM

                      Damiano is great. If you haven't tried it yet: go. We had a meal there a few months ago and I've been wanting visit again ever since. I especially love the "small plates" concept, since it's an unusual way to sample and share Italian in the North End.

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                      1. re: peelmeagrape
                        MenuPorn Nov 5, 2009 04:02 AM

                        We went to Damiano and it was amazing. Separate review coming shortly!!! Thank you for the recommendations!

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