Italy Italian or Italian American?... You never know when you say "Italian" in New England. If it is Italy Italian you are looking for, I heartily recommend Bistro 5 in West Medford. No pizza or meatballs but yes risotto, homemade pasta, rabbit, wild boar, lamb...
5 Playstead Road, Medford, MA 02155
Which restaurants are you referring to? The biggies are the one in Medford Square (Il Faro?) and Botticelli's further up Main St. going towards Somerville. Both are decent if not exactly fine dining. Il Faro is more formal and has a more upscale menu. Botticelli's is more home style with pizza and the usual pasta suspects. If I remember correctly their soups are homemade. It's been some 5+ years since I've been to either however.
21 Main St, Medford, MA 02155
Main St Cafe
232 S Main St, Randolph, MA 02368